Clifford Oliver Solum
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February 20, 2013
Clifford O. Solum, of Ft Myers, went home to the Lord on February 20, 2013—three days short of his 98th birthday. Cliff was born in Barnesville, Minnesota on February 23, 1915, son of Peter and Anna Solum. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of nearly 70 years, Adys, and his four brothers.
Cliff leaves his four children, Rick (Nancy) of Minneapolis, Carolyn Herbold (Ken) of Bonita Springs, Jan Ball (Bob) of Seattle, and Greg (Debbie) of Ft. Myers, as well as ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
After graduating from Concordia College in Minnesota, Cliff served proudly as a World War II Naval officer in the South Pacific. Following the war, he began a successful 40 year career with Burroughs Corporation (now Unisys), retiring as a District Manager with responsibility for many midwestern states. In 1978, he and Adys retired to Ft. Myers, where he served on the board of directors at Cypress Lake Country Club and was a long time member of Zion Lutheran Church. As he advanced into his 90s, perhaps inspired by the fact that his father was the oldest living American man when he died at age 111, he became affectionately known as "Olde Cliff," remaining a vibrant and avid golfer into his mid-90s and a diehard St. Louis Cardinal baseball fan.
Despite his many successes, his pride was always directed toward his family. Nonetheless, the pride of his children and grandchildren was always directed toward Cliff, their father and grandfather, whose wisdom, humanity and abounding kindness was unsurpassed. We all have learned much from how he so honestly lived and how he so selflessly died—each hour of his difficult last weeks expressing love and sweetness to family, friends and caregivers, maintaining his life-long sense of humor and affirming his steadfast belief in Christ. The gaping hole he has left can never be filled.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm on Saturday, March 2 at Zion Lutheran Church, 7401 Winkler Rd. Memorial gifts may be made to Hope Hospice or Zion Lutheran Church.
Published in The News-Press from Feb. 23 to Feb. 25, 2013