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Roland L. Solberg

September 13, 2018 | 5 comments

Roland L. Solberg passed away at his home on Monday, September 10, 2018. He was born on January 21, 1930, in La Crosse, WI, the son of Rudolph and Verna (Williams)Solberg. He was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

Rollie married Janeane M. Huleatt on February 16, 1952. During their 66 years, ofmarriage, they lived in Virginia; Ilorin, Nigeria, West Africa; and La Crosse. The cabin onLake Pepin was a destination for all free time to entertain friends, relatives and enjoy the lake in its many moods.

He was a graduate of Logan High School, University of Wisconsin La Crosse and WinonaState College. He served his country in the U.S. Navy.Rollie was pleased to volunteer and serve his community and state in the followingways: La Crosse City Council Member, La Crosse Housing Authority Board for 47 years,Founding Member of the La Crosse County Housing Authority, Rotary Club of La Crossefor 43 Years, Lutheran Hospital Board Trustee, La Crosse County Ethics Board, La CrosseCounty Highway Safety Commission for 50 Years, La Crosse Public Education FoundingMember, AARP Advocate, State AARP Andrus Award 2010, and Logan Wall of Fame.

Rollie is survived by his wife, his sons Scott of Pepin, WI, and Michael (Joan) of La Crosse and a sister Mert Wells of California.He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Timothy J., and sisters Gwendolyn A.Mekvold and Arliss A. Stuhr.

The family invites you to join us for services at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, September 22,2018, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1010 Sill Street, La Crosse, Pastors Roger Grow andTed Dewald will officiate. A visitation will be held at the church from 10:00 A.M. untiltime of service.

A memorial service officiated by Pastor Karna Marks will also be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, September 28, 2018, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 205 Pine Street, Pepin, WI, with a visitation at 10:00 A.M. until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Solberg Family Fund at La CrosseCommunity Foundation, Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation, or La CrosseEducation Foundation.



  1. Curt Reese

    I was fortunate to serve on the AARP board with Rollie. He will be missed.

  2. Chuck & Mary Lou white

    We worked with Rollie through AARP for may years as advocates. We send our sincere sympathy to the family.

  3. Dr. Justin Odulana

    My condolences to all members of the family. Rollie not only positively impact people in this country, but all who remembered his works in Nigeria fondly recalls his kindness of heart and his great enthusiasm for the betterment of human beings. He is greatly missed. May the good Lord grant his soul eternal peace, and comfort to his family. I was fortunate to serve with him on AARP and to meet members of his family.

  4. Patty Lunde Alvarado

    I am very blessed to have had Rollie Solberg as my Uncle. He was, and always will be one of the finest men I have ever known. He was a self made man who derived great pleasure from giving back to his community. He was an astute business man, and a great teacher. He was dead serious when called for, but wasn’t above some shenanigans when he thought it he could pull it off. He quietly helped many who were in need because it was the right thing to do. He respected honesty and integrity, and suffered no fools. Above all else, he fiercely loved his family and looked out for all of them. He was, and always will be the kind of man that makes our country great. I will forever miss him, his laughter, and his wisdom. I am honored to be his niece.

  5. Brian Rude

    It was an honor and privilege for me to work with Rollie during my years in the Wisconsin Legislature. He was such a dedicated and respected public servant and gave so much to the many community causes he believed in. I enjoyed his counsel and friendship….he always was a gentleman and a thoughtful leader. My sympathy to his family in the loss of this truly wonderful man.

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