|Birth: ||Sep. 18, 1922|
|Death: ||May 10, 2007|
On September 18, 1922 George Albert Sollenberger, Jr was born to George A and Melita P. Sollenberger in Chicago, Illinois. George later in life would be known as "Solly" as there were far too many Georges in his office! Growing up with 2 sisters Jean and Lois. George the oldest would often be the "baby sitter". When he was young he reminisces how he loved to play with the "gas values" on his mothers stove, and put "keys in the electrical outlets". He chuckles, "that gave him his start ".
And that he did in World War II working with General Patton's Army George devised a method of color-coding wires under ground so they could continue to communicate with the Allied forces. No Lights and freezing temperatures was something George would always remember.
Going to College was something George wanted to do, and that he did. Attending Colorado University in Boulder, until the college changed its rules stating he had to
"Live in Boulder". Incidentally, George had bought and built a home in Denver in the early '50's.
While working for KOA television station he meet and married Dorothy Hansen and in June of 1957 they were married. Together they raised a boy, Jim and a girl, Beth.
After 38 years with KOA in electronic engineering, George retired. Until then was active in SMPTE, Denver Dinosaurs, which he had received numerous awards. His Church played an important part in his life, which he attended every Sunday, only missing twice because of Denver Bronco football games!
George loved to learn and was constantly going places on his bike, walking, joining people and sharing ideas. In his world of television and radio things were "changing all the time". His expertise was in electronics and "fixing things". Only a few months before he died people were bringing things for George to fix. He had a way of "telling it like it is, and no beating around the bush". He was a quiet, sensitive, kind, soft spoken, and deep voiced man. George had an opinion on most things, although one would have to pry it out of him, as he didn't think "pushing his ideas off on others and hurting feelings was a way to make and influence friends".
On May 10, 2007 George died with his family at his side. Cancer got the best of him and he often said, "If I can help someone with new drugs to test, he'd be the guinea pig". Perhaps living forever if he "ate right, exercised, took vitamins and kept a good attitude". Well, George did keep a good attitude, and his body just wore out.
We Love You George.
Written in part/Remember When movie biography Feb 10, 2001
By Fern Bray-friend
George A Sollenberger (1900 - 1987)
Melita P Sollenberger (1901 - 1991)
Dorothy Hansen Sollenberger (1932 - 2010)
James D Sollenberger (1965 - 2008)*
Trinity Lutheran Church Danish Cemetery
Gayville (Yankton County)
South Dakota, USA
Plot: Center of Cemetery Plot 7 Lot 39
Created by: Fern Bray
Record added: Dec 10, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 45307099
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