Pastor Cy Solberg

January 10, 2018

obit Solberg Cy editedNov. 25, 1930 – Jan. 3, 2018

Memorial services for Pastor Cy Solberg, age 87 of Tyler, were Saturday, Jan. 6, 2:30 p.m. at First English Lutheran Church in Tyler. Visitation was Saturday, 1-2:30 p.m. at the church. Burial will be in Danebod Lutheran Cem­etery in Tyler.
He died Wednesday, Jan. 3 at the Pipestone County Hospice House in Pip­estone.
Arrangements were pro­vided by Hartquist Funer­al Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Send on-line condolences at
Cyrus LeRoy Solberg was born Nov. 25, 1930 to Carl and Lillian (Skjei) Solberg in Hatton, North Dakota, where he was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church. He at­tended school in Hatton, graduating in 1948. After high school he attended Mayville State University in Mayville, North Da­kota, Concordia College in Moorhead, and graduated from Luther Seminary in St. Paul in 1956. On June 30, 1956 Cy married Betty Jo Vogtsburger at Our Sav­ior’s Lutheran Church in Menomonie, Wisconsin. Their union was blessed with four children and 62 years of life together. Dur­ing his years as a parish pastor, Pastor Cy served Bethany and Bethlehem Lutheran Churches in As­toria, South Dakota; Ken­neth Lutheran and Blue Mound Lutheran Churches in Kenneth; Grace Luther­an Church in Dawson; First English Lutheran Church in Tyler; and United Lutheran Church in Elbow Lake. He retired from Elbow Lake and he and Betty Jo moved back to Tyler, where he was busy for many years serv­ing as an interim pastor in southwestern Minnesota. In 2014 he was named Pastor Emeritus from First English Lutheran Church. In the last few years, Cy experienced declining health. On Wednesday, Jan. 3, he died peacefully in his sleep at Pipestone County Hospice House at the age of 87 years.
Cy was a member of First English Lutheran Church in Tyler. In retirement, he and Betty Jo led senior and adult retreats at Shetek Lutheran Camp. He was a long-time member of Tyler Kiwanis. Cy had a love for sports, politics, and family. He enjoyed golf, all sport­ing events and attending his grandchildren’s events. He loved his many visits to Little Norway Resort and Itasca State Park at Park Rapids for over 60 years. Cy had the honor of marry­ing and baptizing all of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He recently officiated at his grandson’s wedding in Itasca State Park.
Cy is lovingly remem­bered by his wife Betty Jo; his children—Mark (Kelly) Solberg of Cam­bridge, John (Lori) Solberg of Mitchell, South Dakota, Ruth (Jim) Rupp of Ruth­ton, and Sarah (Paul) Lib­bon of Duluth; ten grand­children— Matt (Sarah) Solberg, Sam Solberg, Nick (Saskia) Solberg, John Sol­berg, Megan Solberg, Ryan Solberg, Laisa (Jimmy) Dekker, Brennen Rupp, Elizabeth Libbon, and An­nalise Libbon; two great-grandchildren, Jaxon and Jordan; and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Carl and Lillian Solberg, and his sister Le­Anne Kae Solberg.
Blessed be his memory.