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Solon Anson Green

Solon Anson Green, 83, of Park Rapids, died Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009, at St. Joseph's Hospital.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Riverside United Methodist Church. A visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the church and one hour prior to the funeral. A burial of cremated remains will be in the Riverside United Methodist Church Memorial Columbarium.

Honorary pallbearers will be Roger Wilson, George Thelen, Ralph Leckner, Paul Peterson, Cal Broughton, Steve Egge, Charlie Lindberg and John Hill.

Jones-Pearson Funeral Home of Park Rapids assisted the family with arrangements.

He was born Feb. 28, 1925, to Charles and Agnes "Peggy" (Larsen) Green, in the family IGA grocery store and home on Main Street in Park Rapids. Following his 1943 graduation from Park Rapids High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. In the year following his enlistment, he trained in Missouri, Nevada and California and married Harriet Virginia Westlund on Aug. 31, 1944, at the Chapel at March Field in Riverside, Calif. While in the Army, he served in the 13th Air Force 5th Bomb Group 23rd Bombardment Squadron as a bombardier and navigator in the Pacific. After World War II, he and Harriet moved to Minneapolis, where he attended and graduated from the University of Minnesota, with a bachelor's degree in business administration. The couple then relocated to Wadena, where Solon was an agent for North American Life and Casualty. While there, he formed the Wadena National Guard truck company. When the National Guard was activated during the Korean Conflict, he trained troops at Camp McCoy in Wisconsin. He was employed by Shell Oil Company from 1951 until he retired in 1981. He and his wife took advantage of his retirement, traveling all over the United States in their motor home. They spent numerous winters in Texas where they owned a recreational vehicle lot in Brackettville at Fort Clark Springs. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, sports booster, bridge player, musician and accomplished ballroom dancer. In 1991, he co-founded the Park Rapids Area Community Band. The band's first concert was Dec. 7, 1991, and he was proud to have three generations of his family represented. He played trombone and was the manager and treasurer until health concerns caused him to step down. He was an active member of Riverside United Methodist Church, the American Legion, the Park Rapids Masonic Temple, and a 32nd degree Shriner in the Aad Temple in Duluth.

He is survived by his wife; son, Jeffrey (Sandy) of Park Rapids; daughters, Janice (Donald) Rumpza of Park Rapids and Jacquelyn (Gregory) Ward of Bemidji; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Charles; and infant son, Gregory.

Memorials preferred to the Park Rapids Area Community Band or Riverside United Methodist Church.