March 28, 1931 ~ October 1, 2013
Iver A. Solhjem, 82, Fargo, ND, entered into his heavenly home on Tuesday, October 1,2013 at Elim Care Center from complications of Parkinson's disease.
Iver was born on March 28, 1931 in rural Leonard, ND, the eldest of six children of Frederick and Alma Solhjem. He attended elementary and middle school in rural Leonard, ND, graduating from Oak Grove High School in 1949, after which he attended Dakota Business College. Iver returned to farming in the beautiful Sand Hills before joining the Army in 1953 where he served time in Germany. He then returned to farming before moving to Fargo and worked in the automotive industry until his retirement.
Iver enjoyed family and music, most often when the two were combined. A beautiful tenor, he made many family memories singing solos, duets with his loving wife, Jane, and as a quartet member with his three brothers. He delighted in spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was a member of Atonement Lutheran Church, where he was an active parishioner, a charter member and former council member. During his retirement, Iver received much joy in his volunteer work at Elim Care Center.
Iver married Mina Ernst in 1955, with whom he has two children, Chaplain Thomas (Jill) Solhjem, Walcott, ND and Kathy (Al) Grant, Colorado Springs, CO. In November, 1973, Iver married G. Jane Hanson Hoaby. They have a son, Mark (Sara) Solhjem, Moorhead, MN. He has five stepchildren: Cathy Hoaby (John) Taylor, Nisswa, MN; Scott (Mary) Hoaby, Torrence, CA; Ted Hoaby, Dent, MN; Tod (Suzy) Hoaby, Golden Valley, MN; and Jean Hoaby (Ron) Hill, Plymouth, MN. He is also survived by 19 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren and five brothers and sisters: Gordon (Audrey) Solhjem, Leonard, ND; Carol (Wade) Mason, Lakeside, MT; Grace (Bruce) Stainbrook, Surprise AZ; Allen (Karen) Solhjem, Fargo, ND; and Ralph (Carol) Solhjem, Punta Gorda, FL. and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.