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Russell Roy Solberg
Hawarden, Iowa – Russell Roy Solberg, 89, of Hawarden, passed away on Friday, March 15, 2019 at his residence in Hawarden.
Funeral Service will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 20th at the American Lutheran Church in Hawarden with Rev. Erma Wolf officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in the Grace Hill Cemetery. Visitation with the family will begin at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday with a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. at the church. Condolences may be sent to www.porterfuneralhomes.com. The family prefers memorials be directed to the Hawarden summer rec youth golf program in care of the City of Hawarden.
Russell Roy Solberg was born December 9, 1929 in Moorhead, Iowa, the son of LA “Shorty” and Alice (Ulven) Solberg. He served in the United States Air Force from August 1948 to July 1952. Russ graduated from Wayne State College in 1956.
He married Nola Burns on March 22, 1958 at Nebraska City, Nebraska. Russ started out teaching in Herman, Nebraska from 1956 to 1958 where he was the Head Coach and Athletic Director bringing the Basketball team, Baseball team and the Track team all to be state tournament teams. He also coached Girls Volleyball there. They then moved to Underwood, Iowa from 1958 to 1969 where he was the Athletic Director, Basketball and Baseball coach. They finally landed in Hawarden, Iowa in 1969 where he taught and coached Boys and Girls Basketball, Cross Country, Girls Golf and Girls Track, along with being the Driver’s Education instructor, until retiring in 1991. He was an avid golfer and woodworker. Russ was a long-time member of the Hawarden American Lutheran Church.
He is survived by his wife, Nola; 4 sons, Randy and wife Sandy, Robert, Ronnie, and Roger and wife Audrey; 2 daughters, Robin Prothero and husband Ron and Shelly Schurman and husband Jeff; brother, Jerry and wife Sharon; 23 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Russ was preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers; and 1 sister.
I remember Coach Solberg teaching us a few defensive moves in phys ed. A couple classes later he asked us to demonstrate so I grabbed his arm, leveraged it and threw him to the mat. Also remember him braking the passenger side drivers ed car when I was driving. Older brother Johnny Johnson, got to meet up with him a few years back and catch up. Coach was an Underwood legend and, although gone, not forgotten.
Jacki Dyer (class of 69) Apr 1 2019 12:00 AM
Our thoughts & prayers go out to the family of Russ.He sold cars at Truesdell Motors after teaching at school & on weekends.He always had a friendly smile & a friendly Hello! He will be missed by all. He taught me Math & Algebra in High School at West Sioux & that was my favorite subject.I learned alot from him.
Casey & Cindy Havelaar Mar 24 2019 12:00 AM
Nola, I was so sorry to hear of Russ's passing. I'm thinking of you and wishing you God's peace and comfort during this sad time. God bless you in your sorrow!
Carol (Bowden) Haynes Mar 21 2019 12:00 AM
Sorry to hear of your loss. He was my basketball coach at WS...he sure was longsuffering with us! On and off the court, he always had an uplifting, happy way about him.
Tim Streit Mar 20 2019 12:00 AM
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Expression of Sympathy Mar 18 2019 12:00 AM
So sorry to hear of the passing of this 'jolly' man. He always had a smile or a welcome for everyone. The community will miss him much.
Denise Harry Mar 18 2019 12:00 AM
So sorry for your loss. I remember him very well. I had him in Underwood for drivers ed. I ended up being a pretty good driver but I still can't drive a stick shift---I guess you can't win them all Mr. Solberg. Rest in Peace. Condolences to his wife and family. Underwood Class of 1968.
Marilyn Masker-Allen Mar 17 2019 12:00 AM
I am so sorry for your loss. I am from Underwood, Iowa and Russell was my drivers ed teacher as well as he taught physical education, typing, and bookkeeping. I remember him well and he lived just down the street from where I lived. I now live in Pisgah, Iowa which is south of Morehead, Iowa. I am so sorry to hear of his passing.
Karen Wilson (Charles) Mar 17 2019 12:00 AM
A candle was lit in memory of Russell Solberg
Clint McKee Mar 16 2019 12:00 AM