Obituary Record

Darwin (Dar) L. Soll
Died on 8/9/2007
Buried in Blair Cemetery

#1 This long obituary is taken from the collection in the Notebook of Long Obituaries. The original newspaper article can be found in the Blair Library, Genealogy Room.

Published in Pilot-Tribune, August 14, 2007


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Darwin L. Soll, 85, of Blair died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Blair. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 17, at Campbell-Aman Funeral Home.

Visitation will be on Thursday, Aug. 16, at the funeral home.

Darwin “Dar” L. Soll was born June 23, 1922 in Scribner to Ludwig L. and Ella (Struve) Soll. The family moved to Blair in 1930 where he graduated from Blair High School and attended Dana College for one year.

In November of 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was assigned the rank of corporal. He participated in the Adriennes, Rhineland and Central Europe campaigns. He was discharged from the Army on Dec. 24, 1945, and returned home to Blair on Christmas Day of 1945. Sharing the story of what it took to get from Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., to Blair for Christmas Day was one of his favorites to tell. He was a member of VFW Post No. 1251 and American Legion Post No. 154.

In 1947, he and his brother, Clifford “Tip” Soll, opened Soll Brothers, a grocery store in downtown Blair. After selling the grocery store, he opened Soll’s Liquor Park Drive-In which he operated until he retired from business ownership in 1981.

He was a member of the Blair Volunteer Fire Department for more than 40 years and enjoyed the camaraderie he shared with his fellow volunteer firefighters.

On Feb. 6, 1955, he married Lois M. Booton and took her family into his heart. They were married until her death in 1988.

When he wasn’t running his businesses, Mr. Soll enjoyed playing cards, fishing and visiting with friends and family. He particularly enjoyed sharing his experiences of WWII and adventures growing up in Blair.

He will be remembered by his family for his kindness, patience, generosity and sense of humor.

He is survived by his children, Billy L. and Helen Booton of Blair and Barbara J. Chrisman of Omaha; grandchildren, Laurie J. Rousch of Omaha; Kathleen J. Booton, Steven C. and Melanie Booton of Blair; Timothy S. and Susan Booton, Bradford S. and Laura Chrisman, Amanda K. and Michael Bruckner, all of Omaha; and Duane A. Hutchinson of Dayton, Ohio; 12 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Lois, he was preceded in death by his brother, Clifford Soll; daughters, Janyce Ireland and Joyce Hutchinson; and great-grandson Berek Solono.

The family suggests memorials to the Blair Volunteer Fire Department.

# 2 - - From the Omaha World-Herald, date not recorded

SOLL - Darwin, age 85, of Blair. Survived by children, Bill Booton and wife Helen, Blair, NE; Barbara Chrisman, Omaha, NE; 7 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held 10:30 am Friday, August 17, 2007 at Campbell-Aman Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Blair Cemetery. Visitation will begin 10 AM Thursday. Memorials to Blair Fire Dept. or Good Shepherd Home.


#3 Funeral Leaflet

In Loving Memory of Darwin (Dar) L. Soll

Born June 23, 1922 Scribner, Nebraska ~ Entered Into Rest August 9, 2007 Blair, Nebraska

Funeral Services 10:30 A.M. Friday, August 17, 2007 Campbell-Aman Funeral Home, Blair, Nebraska. Officiating: Pastor Lynn Parsons. Musical Selections: “On The Wings Of A Dove”, “Amazing Grace”, “Go Rest High On That Mountain”

Casketbearers: Mike Biffar, Paul Nockels, Jim Scheffler, Don Conrad, Jerry Petersen, Richard Trofholz

Graveside Services: Blair Cemetery, Blair, Nebraska

Arrangements by Campbell-Aman Funeral Home

~~~Obituary and funeral leaflet courtesy of Washington County Genealogical Society. Newspaper clippings and leaflets on file in the Blair Public Library at Blair, Nebraska~~~

FindaGrave # 117154769

Printed in the Washington County Pilot-Tribune on 8/14/2007