Solon Anson Green, 83, of Park Rapids, died Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009 at St. Joseph's Area Health Services.
He was born on Feb. 28, 1925 in the family IGA grocery store/home on Main street in Park Rapids. His parents were Charles and Agnes "Peggy" (Larsen) Green.
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/navigator in the Pacific.
After WWII, he and his wife 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 he 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 Co. 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 an RV lot in Brackettville at Fort Clark Springs.
In 1991, he co-founded the Park Rapids Area Community Band. The band's first concert was Dec. 7, 1991. 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, Harriet; a son, Jeffrey (Sandy), of Park Rapids; two 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 brother, Charles; and an infant son, Gregory.
Honorary casket bearers: Roger Wilson, George Thelen, Ralph Leckner, Paul Peterson, Cal Broughton, Steve Egge, Charlie Lindberg and John Hill.
Visitation: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19 at Riverside United Methodist Church, and one hour prior to the funeral on Friday.
Funeral: 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 20 at Riverside United Methodist Church.
Inurnment: Riverside United Methodist Church Memorial Columbarium.
Memorials preferred to the Park Rapids Area Community Band or Riverside United Methodist Church.