2018-03-01 / Obits


WAYNE ELMER SOHLDEN, 87, of North Branch Twp., died Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the McLaren Lapeer Region Hospital.

He was born October 28, 1930, in Highland Park. Wayne is the son of the late Wilfrid and the late Maria Louisa (Lappalainen) Sohlden. He grew up in the Imlay City and Capac areas. He was an Imlay City High School, Class of 1948, graduate. Wayne married Marion Grace Beardsley on August 11, 1951 in Capac. Marion died on October 2, 2001. He married Irene “Aggie” Sohlden on May 24, 2004 in Mt. Morris.

Wayne retired from Chevrolet Motors Assembly Plant in Flint as a Machine Repairman in the mid-1990’s. He also worked at Buick Motors in Flint. In between his stints at G.M., he farmed for a few years in the Capac and Imlay City area. Wayne loved to play ice hockey. He played on the Flint and Port Huron Over-the-Hills leagues. At one time, he played on the Dick Hinterman Ford Hockey Teams. In his later years, Wayne took up playing the harmonica. He played with a harmonica group for senior citizens groups and church groups.

He is survived by his wife, Irene “Aggie” Sohlden of Mt. Morris; nine daughters, Kathy (Joe) Isparo of Rio Rancho, NM, Deborah (Bill) Hoffert of Lapeer, Nancy (Ken) Lawson of Missouri, Faith Shoultz of North Branch, Rebecca (Charles) Hancock of Lapeer, Pamela (Tom) Bridges of Chaseburg, WI, Wendy (Robbie) Simmons of Holt, MO, Judith Elliott of Lapeer and Julie (Azad) Atashi of Cory, NC; and six sons, David Sohlden of Kalamazoo, Gregory (Melissa) Sohlden of Katy, TX, Wayne Sohlden, Jr. of Madison, WI, Paul (Barbara) Sohlden of Lakeworth, FL, Peter (Raquel) Sohlden of Shelby Twp. and Matthew (Zoe) Sohlden of Okemos. Also surviving is one brother, Johnny Sohlden of Shelby Twp.; several grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Wayne was preceded in death by his first wife, Marion Sohlden; son, Daniel Sohlden; son-in-law, Carleton Shoultz; daughter-in-law, Sally Sohlden; sisters, Viola and Sylvia: and his brother, Toivo.

Those wishing to make memorial contributions may direct them to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Imlay City.

The funeral was held Wednesday, February 28, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 200 N. Cedar St., Imlay City. The Reverend Joyce Johnston (a visiting pastor at St. Paul’s) officiated. Burial followed in Imlay Township Cemetery, Imlay City.

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