June 01, 2017
- 7:00 PM
June 01, 2017
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
June 02, 2017
- 2:00 PM
Gordon R. Solhjem, 84, Leonard, ND was born January 30, 1933 to Frederick and Alma (Leedahl) Solhjem. He died May 29, 2017 in the same house in which he was born, after a long struggle with cancer.
Growing up on the ranch, he attended grade school at Sheyenne Central, graduated from Oak Grove High School, and attended Concordia for one year. After that he returned to the farm where he was a rancher until retirement.
During this time, Gordon served several years on the Zion Lutheran Church Council, director on Sheyenne Valley Grazing Association, the Woods Elevator Board, Leonard Fire Board, and a member of Leonard Lions Club. For over 50 years he did snow removal for every occasion at the Zion Church parking lot.
On August 7, 1965 he married Audrey Kemmer who joined him as a partner in the ranching business. In 1980, they adopted their daughter, Melissa Jean.
After retiring from ranching, Gordon purchased a sawmill and spent years logging trees from the swamp and sawed lumber. This was an enjoyable hobby and a longtime dream. As a result, he met many interesting people dealing in lumber.
From this lumber he began creating one-of-a-kind wood items which were all given away to charities, mostly church bazaars and Twist of Fate. A huge blessing for him was hosting the Twist of Fate.
Survivors are his wife of 51 years, Audrey; daughter, Melissa; two grandsons, Craig and Chase; sisters, Carol Mason and Grace (Bruce) Stainbrook; brother, Allen (Karen) and Ralph (Carol); and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents; brother, Iver; and grandparents.
Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM with a prayer service following at 7:00 PM on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at Fredrikson-Boulger Funeral Chapel, Kindred. Funeral at 2:00 PM on Friday, June 2, 2017 at Bethany Lutheran Church, McLeod, ND with a visitation one hour prior. Interment at Zion Lutheran Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Hospice of the Red River Valley or Twist of Fate, www.twistoffatend.org.
Arrangements entrusted to the care of Fredrikson-Boulger Funeral Chapel, Kindred. To sign the online guestbook, visit www.boulgerfuneralhome.com.