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Rollin "Rollie" Soderling

September 08, 1930 - April 03, 2020

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Rollin "Rollie" Soderling

September 08, 1930 - April 03, 2020


Rollin Ross Soderling, 89, of Fargo died Friday, April 3rd in Sanford Health Care. He most recently resided in Eventide Care Center – Fargo, ND.

He was born on September 8th, 1930 in Oakland, NE to Ross and Verniece Soderling. His birth mother died when he was 7 years old. Ross as a single parent working on the road led to living with close relatives and his primary education in small towns and rural schools from Oakland to Uehling, NE. Ross married Florence Nutt in 1939. From this marriage dad was thrilled to add a stepbrother, George Nutt. He attended high school in Sioux City, IA which was known as the Castle on the Hill (AKA the Dump on the Hump!). Attended 2 1/2 years at Morningside College in Sioux City, IA before enlisting in the Air Nat’l Guard in Iowa during the Korean War. He served 3 years as a member of the 174th Fighter Bomber Squadron and the 132nd Fighter Bomber Wing. He did his basic training at Dow AFB in Bangor, Maine. He was stationed at Dow AFB (Bangor, Maine); Francis Warren AFB (Cheyenne, Wyoming); Loring AFB (Caribou, Maine) and Alexandria AFB (Alexandria, Louisiana). His service at Alexandria AFB led to a life-long affinity for the LSU Tigers. He was a member of the American Legion for over 50 years. Even at 89 years old, he could recite his Service Number without missing a beat. He recalls a much-anticipated leave for the weekend which was revoked because he did not memorize his Service Number. It was etched in his mind forever after that incident!

He married Margaret Ermer on May 4th, 1955. They had four children: Deb McShane, Fargo; Pam (Mark) Werlinger, Las Vegas, NV; Mike Soderling, Fargo; and Randy (Vickie) Soderling, Prior Lake, MN.

Rollie and Margaret resided in Fargo, ND; Casselton, ND and then purchased a home in south Fargo where they lived for 47 years. They moved to One Oak Place in Fargo as one of the first residents, in September of 2008. Margaret passed away on Feb. 10, 2011. After a few untimely falls, he moved into the Care Center in Eventide- Fargo in April of 2017.

He worked at Dahl’s Super Valu on South University Drive in Fargo and subsequent stores Jim’s Super Valu and Hornbachers Express for a total of 42 years before his retirement, including a 2-year position in Casselton, ND at the Casselton Super Valu. He was the Produce Manager, Grocery Manager and finally the Assistant Manager of the store. In his years of knowledge gained, he trained in many store managers who went on to serve at many locations in the Fargo-Moorhead area. It was hard, physical work there in the grocery business, and he would delight in telling the story of his bad shoulders caused by “tossing 20 lb. watermelons” over the edge of a truckload in a system much like we use in moving sandbags to a dike today. The friendships gained through his years there are among his favorite treasures.

He grew up with and still loved Big Band Era music and the “Rat Pack”, his favorite singer of all time being Frank Sinatra. His love for sports was legendary…. not playing, just watching. Among his favorites: Nebraska ‘Husker’ Football, NDSU Football and the Minnesota Vikings! His schedule often revolved around Minnesota Twins Baseball. He loved Thursdays as he knew he would have great TV through Sunday watching golf tournaments. He collected vintage metal cars and WWII metal vintage airplanes. His toy collection featured any different or collectible plane that suited his fancy for the entire room that he filled. He was an Air Force man through and through. He attended many Air Sho’s and spent hours on the tarmac with his camera in hand. He followed the work of Bob Odegaard and Bob Beck in their preservation and restoration work in conjunction with the Fargo Air Museum. His favorites, Bob Odegaard’s P-51 and his Super Corsair. In October of 2016, he was grateful to be accepted on the WDAY Honor Flight for Veterans with his daughter Deb, a thrilling trip which he spoke of for the rest of his days.

He is survived by his children, 7 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; Patrick (Tiffany) Keegan and Owen McShane; Dan (Natalie) Rory and Dempsey McShane; Lee (Caitlin) Hailey and Logan Werlinger; Brandon (Ally) Talon and (one on the way) Werlinger; Kelsey Werlinger and fiance Tim Weber; Stephanie Soderling ( Sabrina Keller); Matt (Alison Thielke) Kristina, Madison and Brayden Soderling, 2 sisters in law Marilyn Nutt of Lincoln, NE and Eileen Mitzel of Valley City, ND, 1 brother in law Ron Tellinghusen of Fargo, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Margaret, his parents Ross, Verniece, and Florence Soderling, one son in law, Tom McShane, and brother, George Nutt.

We give our profound thanks to the Care Center at Eventide Fargo, the Nurses who cared so deeply for him, and to All the staff who really attended to dad as if he was their dad too. It takes a village, and together what a team you were… Including the Sanford providers and doctors whose guidance and support gave us 2 extra years with our dad. Not being able to be with him…thank you to the attending doctor and nurses in the ER dept who surrounded him in his final minutes so he was not alone. Special thanks to friends who always reached out to dad: Bob Beach, Steve Evert and Gerene Mayer.

In this difficult time with restrictions because of the coronavirus, a private burial will be held soon. A Celebration of his Life will be held at a later to share laughter and love.

Cards may be sent to: Deb McShane 4040 42nd St S #331 Fargo, ND

In lieu of flowers, we would prefer donations in his name, to the Fargo Air Museum: 1609 19th Av N. Fargo, ND 58102 or by visiting https://fargoairmuseum.org/take-action. This would serve to honor not only dad, who was a member since its inception; it would honor all veteran’s past and present.


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21 responses to “Rollin “Rollie” Soderling”

  1. Tom Staiger says:

    I had the pleasure of working at Jim’s and Hornbachers Express with Rollie and Margaret .
    I have so many good memories working with Rollie. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers to the family.

  2. Billiejo says:

    Rollie was such a kind hearted and caring man. I’m going to miss our talks about the Vikings and getting to say bye to him as I leave work. He wasn’t just a resident at Eventide, he became our family. We are heart broken to lose such a great person. My deepest condolences are with your family.

  3. Jane Metzger says:

    Uncle Rollie was such a good guy. I have many great memories of times spent with Uncle Rollie & Auntie Margaret (my beloved godmother) and cousins Deb, Pam, Mike and Randy. I don’t remember Uncle Rollie ever saying a harsh word to anyone, even while all of us kids were tearing around the house and having a great time as cousins!! We will all miss him. May the perpetual light shine upon him, and may he rest in peace. He’s now together in heaven with Auntie Margaret.

    Jane & Steve Metzger

  4. Daniel J Shea says:

    Rollie was a extremely kind man.I remember him well at Jim’s and Hornbachers Express. May he rest in peace.

  5. John Hoiland says:

    Deb ,I am so sorry to hear of your Dads passing. He was one of the great family men of 20th street who served as a wonderful role model for myself and all the other young boys who grew up in our neighborhood. May Gods peace and comfort be with you all at this time.

  6. Randy Soderling says:

    Dear Dad

    No words can express the sorrow and thought of not being able to talk with you anymore! I only wished I would have thanked you more often for everything you taught me. The memories of watching & helping you do projects around the house, the way you treated mom with love & respect, and to just watching you be you having such an impact to those you came in contact with made me who I am today. So, thank you dad for being the perfect man and role model to us kids. I hope you enjoy being with mom in heaven and we too shall meet up again.

    Love your son, Randy

  7. Karen Martin says:

    What a touching video, it made me cry! Our daughter, Vickie is married to Randy, Rollie and Margaret’s son. Through the years, we have followed this wonderful family. Rollie’s legacy will live on forever.
    Thanks for sharing his life.

  8. Steph Soderling says:

    What a beautiful tribute video for a WONDERFUL Grandpa, and a loving and caring human to everyone he had in his life. I know that I, and the rest of the family, will miss Grandpa Rollie so much. I know I will find comfort in his reunion with Grandma Margaret! <3

  9. Vickie Soderling says:

    I was so very blessed to have Rollie as my Father-in-Law. He was in fact an amazing Husband, Father, Grandfather and friend to many!!! I will cherish so many memories of Rollie and Margaret and find comfort that they are now reunited in Heaven!! You will be missed more than words can express!! With Love, your daughter-in-law, Vickie ❣️

  10. Yvonne Ragsdale says:

    So sorry to hear of his passing. Reading a beautiful story of a life fulfilled of joy and love. Prayers to the family I’m sure he will be missed by all.

  11. Tamara Deahl Amundson says:

    So sorry for your loss. What a great tribute video, I really enjoyed watching that! I remember both Rollin and Margaret and all you Kids. I grew up across the street with you! My condolences, Tammy Deahl Amundson

  12. Tom Gravel says:

    I was another carry-out and stock boy that had the privilege of working with Rollie as one of my first jobs. I remember his as being a wonderful boss, knowing what needed to be done, but also so caring. Never a yeller, but more of a mentor. His impact? Well, after 40 years I feel compelled to write in his guestbook and to share what a wonderful person he was. May he rest in peace and may his family be comforted in the memories of all of us who got to spend time with him.

  13. Paul Ripplinger says:

    Several of us South High kids worked at Dahl’s Super Valu in the early 1970s. I would go back to the store to visit for many years after I moved away. A great manager and a great man.

  14. Kathy Axtmann says:

    Dear Deb, Pam, Mike, and Randy,
    We were so sorry to hear of the death of your Dad. He was a good, kind, patient man.We spent many hours at your house visiting as we were growing up and we always had a great time.
    Uncle Rollie and Auntie Margaret always invited us back for another fantastic meal. We are praying for you in your sorrow during this difficult time. May the peace of Christ be with you.

  15. Patty Brant-Larson says:

    Please accept my sincere condolences

  16. Jenny Backes says:

    Hornbacher’s Express was my first real ‘job’ and Rollie was important enough in my teenage life for me to remember him almost 25 years later. He was always calm and never raised his voice even when he was disappointed. I will always remember him and all the times he made me laugh! Blessed be the memory of Rollie❤️

  17. Paula Chalimonczyk McGuinty says:

    Dear Pam and family, so sad to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Your Dad was the nicest man. He will be missed by many.

  18. Gordon & Rita Cragg says:

    Very sorry to hear of Rollie’s passing. Really enjoyed our talks about airplanes.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with Deb and Mike and the entire Sonderling family.

  19. Ron Tellinghusen says:

    Deb, Pam, Mike, Randy, Mark, Vicki and Family,

    I offer my deepest condolences to all of you on losing your dad. Throughout the years, my wife, Til, and I shared may good times with Rollie and Marge. Rollie was a good brother-in-law. We had lots of laughs and great stories whenever we’d get together with them. May he rest in peace.

    Ron Tellinghusen

  20. Carolyn (Oly) Stenseth says:

    Dear Pam and family, we’re so sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. He and your mom used to walk by our house on 17th St and stop for a visit. They were so nice. The video you put together is a wonderful tribute to your whole family. May God bless the memorial of Rollie who is now reunited with your mom in heaven. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad time.

    Carolyn and Scott Stenseth

  21. Janis Kirsch says:

    I am so sorry for your loss, Deb and family.

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