Donald Rudolph Sollner was born on February 19, 1944 in Gladstone. He passed away on September 19, 2019 at the age of 75 years. He was predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Pearl; parents Joseph and Emma Sollner; brother Edgar; grandson Cooper Cash; in laws Gordon and Lavina Squires; brothers in law Erwin Moller and George Squires.
Dad married Pearl on December 3, 1966 where they raised a family in the Plumas area – two children Kim and Terry. Dad worked at the PFRA pasture where he made a living doing what he loved, riding, roping and being outdoors. Mom and Dad worked hard on the farm raising cattle and horses, but weekends were dedicated to family time. Time was spent camping, boating, fishing and traveling to the next rodeo. Dad was proud of his many accomplishments in the rodeo arena; bringing home Provincial titles in both team and calf roping, trophies, buckles and of course winning a little money never hurt.
Dad was very musical. He was always singing or humming a song he heard on the radio or one he had just made up, so at the age of forty, he decided to teach himself how to play guitar. He spent countless hours practicing and learning words to each song. With Mom, Terry and a couple of friends they formed the Western Strings band playing Saturday night dances for many years.
Dad was a quiet and private man, but was always willing to lend a hand and help anyone out who needed it. Many times he could be found helping others with their cattle, pulling stuck vehicles out of ditches or lending a helping hand with whatever needed to be done.
Dad loved nature and was an avid hunter, fisherman, and trapper. He passed on these values to his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Papa always had fun adventures with them, anything from buggy rides, feeding horses, whittling hot dog sticks to fishing. If you could not find him at home, he would be out west enjoying the peace and quiet.
Left to mourn his passing is daughter Kim (Ferlin), Wayne and Becca; son Terry (Diane), Andrew (Jessica) his children Eric and Ethan, Dayna (Travis) children Jaixon and Zander; sister Dorothy Moller; special companion Kim; sisters in law Ida McDonald and Linda Squires along with everyone who knew and loved him.
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