Irvin Joseph Solberg, age 99, passed away of dementia on Sept. 9, 2011, at the Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg. Funeral Services were Monday, Sept. 12, at the St. John's Lutheran Church, Cylinder (Depew), with Pastor David Moore officiating. Interment followed the service at the St. John's Church North Cemetery.
Left to cherish his memory are his two children: son, Linus (Paddy) Solberg of Cylinder, and daughter, Lilith (Harold) Dorr of Ames; three grandchildren: Penny (Mike) Davids of Plainview, Neb., Sean (Stephanie) Solberg of Minneapolis, MN, and Samantha (Aaron) Goodman of Ames; three step-grandchildren: Scott (Heidi) Dorr, Michelle (Randy) Carris, and Shawn (Mike) Krenz; six great-grandchildren: Caleb, Caitlyn, Calvin, Ethan, and Carson all of Plainview, Neb. and Stella of Ames; six step-great-grandchildren: Jackson and Sophie, and Emma and Zachary, and Devonny and Brenna; and his sister, Bertha (Gerhard) Vorland of Stillwater, Minn.
Irvin was born Aug. 2, 1912 to Ole and Louisa (Berkland) Solberg on the family farm near Ringsted. Irvin attended a country school near the family farm and high school in Ringsted. In 1935, he was united in marriage to Clarice Thompson. They farmed for five years near Ringsted, before moving to Cylinder where he farmed until his retirement. Irvin was a life-long member of St. John's Lutheran Church. He served on many boards including St. John's Lutheran Board of Deacons and the Cylinder Co-op Elevator Board. He also was a 4-H leader. Irvin loved every aspect of farming life -- grain and livestock. He really loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Irvin was preceded in death by his wife Clarice (1983); his parents; his five brothers: Oscar, Bernard, Otto, Edward and Adolph; and one sister, Esther Heggen.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorials be directed to Lakeside Lutheran Home in Emmetsburg, Mayo Clinic to dementia research, Palo Alto County Hospital and Center of Rural Affairs.