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Obituary, Harley C. Solberg, 92


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Harley C. Solberg

Harley C. Solberg, 92, died in Seattle on October 5, 2016. He was born on February 4, 1924 in Sparta, Wisconsin to Adolf Solberg and Selma (Nelson) Solberg.

He spent his years growing up in Oaklee, Minnesota on the family farm with his sisters Ada (Moen), Elaine (White) and Delores (Haugen).

Harley served in the 85th Infantry during WW2. He was in North Africa, Sicily, Italy and Austria. In Italy he was part of the battle at Anzio.

In 1948 he was stationed in Alaska with the Alaska Communications System. He was stationed in Fairbanks, Northway, Anchorage, Curry and Petersburg. In 1962 he was stationed in Seattle at Fort Lawton and at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Georgia. At Fort Gordon he joined the U.S. Army Strike

Command (a unified combatant command capable of responding to global crises). In August of 1962 he was transferred again to Fort Ritchie, Maryland. In 1964 he was transferred to Izmir, Turkey as a part of NATO.

In 1966 Harley retired from the Army and returned to Seattle with his family. He joined General Telephone where he was a project engineer.

Harley met and married Gladys (Thynes) in 1959 while he was in Petersburg. They bought their first house from Andrew Ask on Dolphin Street which he remodeled. He used an old ship mast (from Andrew Ask) and created a spiral stairway. Their son Chell was born in Petersburg.

He was a long time member of the Petersburg Elks.

Gladys, son Chell and sister Ada precede him in death.

He is survived by: Gayle Solberg (daughter), Stephen Dreher (son-in-law), Kjell Dreher (grandson) and Carol Solberg-Leon (daughter); also many family members in Petersburg.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to PAWS, Grace Chinese Church, or Compass Housing Alliance Veteran's Programs.

A service will be held on October 22 at 11am at Grace Chinese Church in NE Seattle.

Harley's ashes will be spread in Petersburg.


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