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Terry Solbakken

February 05, 1948 - January 31, 2011


5-7 PM Thursday, February 3, 2011 at Boulger funeral Home in Fargo - and also one hour prior to the service in the church on Friday

Prayer Service:

7 PM Thursday at Boulger Funeral Home

Funeral Service:

11 AM Friday, February 4, 2011 at First Lutheran Church in Fargo


St. Andrew Lutheran Cemetery in Niagara, ND


Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Terry Solbakken

February 05, 1948 - January 31, 2011


Terry passed away on January 31, 2011 at his home in Fargo at the age of 62.

Terry Lee Solbakken was born on February 5, 1948 at Minot, ND to Earling and Avice (nee Wade). He confirmed his faith in the Lord at Our Savior’s Lutheran in rural Glenburn, ND. Terry attended from grade school to high school at Glenburn.  He received a degree in business from UND in Grand Forks. Terry was united in marriage to Patricia Krueger on September 17, 1988 and they made their home in Fargo. Terry worked for Swedish Match, Coldwell Banker and Advantage.  Terry liked to fish, travel, watch sports, and listen to music. He was a strong supporter and advocate for those facing the challenges of organ and tissue transplants.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Avice.

He is survived by his wife, Trish, father, Earling, brother, Darrell (Gladys), nephew, Eric and niece, Lisa (Jim Dockter and baby Brady).

Memorials are preferred to Lifesource in Terry’s name. (2550 University Avenue West, Suite 315 South, St. Paul, MN, 55114) Life-Source.org


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30 responses to “Terry Solbakken”

  1. con & agnes (mogard)christianson says:

    glenburn north dakotaTerry was like a son to us. There was just a row of trees between our places.
    His mom and I was together everyday. She was my best friend. We loved Terry and Darrell.
    I was so glad when he married Trish. You was wonderful for him.
    Our prayers are with you Trish.
    We miss him.

  2. Kent Festvog says:

    Colfax IowaI just learned of Terry’s passing and offer sympathies from the Festvog family. We had many happy family gatherings with the Solbakken, Helgeson, Festvog, and Lohn families back in the 60’s.
    Our prayers are with you.

  3. Adit Mahale says:

    Fargo ND
    I am very sorry to hear about Terry’s loss.. I have had the pleasure of taking cae of him for the last few months.. he was one of the kindest persons I have cared for. It was always a pleasure to have him in Group. I will miss him deeply.

  4. Dennis Larson says:

    Fargo North Dakota
    Dear Trish,
    I was so shocked to see that Terry had passed away. We were classmates at UND and later both worked for Congress, Inc. for several years. I always thought Terry was a great guy with the most jovial laugh. He was also a very thoughtful and sincere person. He would standup for his convections if he thought something was wrong or not fair. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. John Carpenter says:

    Eureka MTTrish:
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. Dawn (Simonson) & Jim Evans says:

    Casper WYTrish and Solbakken Family – We were so sorry to hear about Terry. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Igrew up with Terry and Darrell and I always felt like I had 2 more brothers! We were fortunate to see Terry and Earling at a car show in Minot last summer – first time I had seen Terry for many years. He hadn’t changed! I’m sure he will be missed – know that our thoughts are with you. The Solbakken’s are special people and I have fond memories of all of them. Hope to meet you sometime.

  7. Tim and Harrietta Summers says:

    Minot ND
    We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in our prayers.


  8. Marilyn Luebke says:

    Sherwood ND
    Trish, we were so sorry to read the news of Terry’s death. You have our deepest sympathy. I remember Terry more from our youth & growing up together so long ago. He was always a gentle person with a very kind nature & a smile on his face. May your wonderful memories with Terry sustain you.

  9. jim potter says:

    Sioux Falls SDMy thoughts and prayers are with Terry and his family.

    Although I didn’t know Terry well, I am a friend of Darryll. When I saw the notice, I remembered Terry in high school participating in basketball and baseball. He was a good athlete and a good person.

  10. RICHARD RIME says:

    GLENDIVE MTDear Solbakken Family,
    I’m very sad to learn of Terry’s passing.
    We shared many memorable times in Glenburn and at UND.
    He was a unique character and I mean that in the nicest way.
    Richard Rime

  11. Gladys Solbakken says:

    maxbass ndWhen I first met my future brother in law Terry. I thought what a nice person,so kind and thoughtful to his parents as Darrell was also. I knew i was marrying into a wonderful family. Terry was the greatest uncle to our kids(Eric and Lisa). We made a lot of good memories together. Terry had a lot of class, great personality and the sweetest laugh. I thought why isn’t he married, but he was waiting for the love of his life, Trish. Good things come to those that wait. We will miss you Terry, the angels will be lucky to have you as a friend. Goodbye sweet brother-in law and friend.

  12. The Ambrose Family says:

    Fargo May happy memories and good time ease your loss.

  13. Jim Dockter says:

    fargo ND
    There are many things to be angry about like Terry being taken too young and for that we all agree. But there are things that I am thankful for. I am thankful for being snowed in this Thanksgiving and spending the holidays with Terry and Trish. I am thankful for being hired on the Fargo fire department so I could spend time with Terry and he did have great stories. I am especially thankful that Terry had the chance to hold our son Brady. When Terry held Brady, Brady would peek up at him with one eye just to check up on him. We know Terry is looking down at Brady keeping both eyes on him.

  14. Rene Storbakken says:

    Moorhead Terry was an awesome person. My sympathy to the family of Terry–

  15. Harold and Carol (Miller) Harper says:

    Faribault MN
    We extend our sympathy to all of you at this difficult time.

    We met Terry only once, when we visited his grandparents near Glenburn, sometime in the 1960s. His grandmother was my first cousin. Our son Tom lives at Detroit Lakes and sent the obituary to us.

    We are thankful that God will comfort you and surround you with his loving care.

  16. Eric Solbakken says:

    maxbass ndI will miss my uncle Terry more than any words can describe. I always enjoyed his visits with Aunt Trish to the farm and his funny humor how Dad and I always had tools laying everywhere but where they should have been hung up. I remember the summer I took the train to fargo to visit and uncle Terry took me fishing and golfing and also to a Twins GAME. I remember well the time he got seats for me and him to sit and watch a Twins game from the skybox at the metrodome, where he caught a batting practice home run baseball and gave it to me. Another fond memory is the time Uncle Terry was able to get me to be a batboy for the Twins. Iwill always remember our good natured bets on who would win between the Vikings and Packers. So this Sunday I will be the biggest Packer fan second only to Uncle Terry in heaven. I have used the word remember many times because he is somebody I will never forget.

  17. Chris Spieker says:

    moorhead mnTrish,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I know you will miss him terribly but I hope that your memories will bring you some comfort. God bless you and help you through this very sad time. If you need anything, please call.
    Chris Spieker

  18. nan cote schiermeister says:

    Fargo n.dak.Trish and family, I am so sorry to hear this sad news. You are in my thoughts and prayers. We will get together soon. May God lift you up. Nan

  19. Jim English says:

    Harvey ND
    My deepest condolences to the family on the passing of Terry. May God bless you in this time of sorrow.

  20. Doug & Joyce Muehlberg says:

    Greenfield MassachusettsOur sincerest condolences to Trish, Darrell, Earling and all of Sol’s family. Although we have lived in Massachusetts for 20 years, we still recall like it was yesterday the great times we had with Sol and the rest of the gang. He was a great friend who would do anything he could to help you if needed. Few people loved life like Sol and he made everyone around him feel better. He will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this most difficult time.

  21. Steven and Debra Boe says:

    Trish: We are so sorry to hear about Terry. We will think of you at this very difficult time. Terry was a great guy and we will miss him. We have fond memories of Terry and hope your memories can comfort you. Take care, Deb and Steve Boe

  22. Wes Hanson says:

    Santa Fe NMTrish, my thoughts and prayers are with you during these difficult times. I have so many great memories of Terry from college and our early days in Fargo. He was a fine person and know that he felt truly happy when you were married. I only regret that we weren’t able to remain in better contact after my many moves from Fargo.

  23. Sharon Gebhardt says:

    West Fargo North Dakota
    Trish sorry to hear of Terry passing, my thoughts and prayers.

  24. Mark & Rebecca Anderson says:

    Brighton ColoradoOur sincere condolences to Trish and the family members of Terry Solbakken. My dad had informed me yesterday of Terry’s passing and my heart just sank for you Trish. Mark and I miss the old neighborhood and meeting Terry and you over the fence for conversation. May the good Lord hold and comfort you during this sorrowful time in your life and may his blessings be with you and your family members left behind and grieving over Terry’s passing. Remember that Terry is in a much grander place now, with the glories of the heavens shining upon him!
    He was a good man that always had a friendly smile and warm greeting for us. We missed you as our neighbors when we left for Colorado. May God Bless and comfort you sweetie!

  25. Lisa Dockter says:

    Fargo ND
    My uncle Terry was one of the most kind, caring people you could ever hope to meet. He had a great sense of humor, and always loved a good joke. I have many great memories with Terry and Trish, including multiple Twins games, and lots of holidays. My husband Jim and I recently moved to Fargo and were able to spend more time with them, including this past Thanksgiving and Christmas, or just stopping by to visit. Terry was able to meet his newest nephew, Brady also. Uncle Terry always had a story to share! I can only take comfort in knowing he is up there with the angels, enjoying a slice of sour cream raisin pie with Grandma Avice. (and keeping those angels up late watching old movies!) Uncle Terry will be greatly missed, but always remembered with a smile.

  26. Sandee and John Jemtrud says:

    englewood flOur deepest sympathy Trish. Terry always had a true caring smile, and a bigger heart. He will be missed. God bless you.

  27. Kristen Fischer - Sanford Transplant says:

    Trish and family, my deepest sympathies for your loss. Terry was a very special person. He was my “go-to guy” for our Transplant Support Group. Anytime I had a patient who was uncertain or had questions about transplant, I called Terry and requested that he come to the Group and/or meet with them, and he was always more than willing. I’ve had several patients tell me that visiting with Terry was what gave them the courage and the reassurance to go through with transplant, because he was optimistic but also realistic about the transplant experience.

    He will be greatly missed by our Team and our patients. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  28. Patti Gordon says:

    Fargo ND
    I was sorry to hear the news that Terry had passed on. I remember what a great friend he was of JD’s and how much fun he was. A quick smile and a great sense of humor define him. They will rest in peace together. Trish, take care. Patti

  29. Dale Berg says:

    Moorhead MN
    Trish, I am so sorry to hear about Sol. He will truely be missed by his family and the many friends that he had. Sol was a good man as I found out over the years thru softball and other times.

  30. karla johnson says:

    Fargo ND
    Trish: You are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Terrry. My deepest condolences.

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