Everett Solper, 90, of Bottineau, died Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, at his home. Funeral services will be Thursday, Sept. 6, at 10 a.m. in St. Mark's Catholic Church in Bottineau. Burial will be in St. Mark's Cemetery, also in Bottineau. Visitation will be Wednesday, Sept. 5, from 2 to 9 p.m., with a prayer service Wednesday at 7 p.m., both in Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.
Everett Solper, a son of Henry Sr. and Emma (Kovarik) Solper, was born in Eidsvold Township on May 19, 1922. He was reared and educated near his home. In 1933 he moved with his family to Cordelia Township in the Turtle Mountains. In 1938 they purchased the Iver Kamrud Farm in Roland Township.
In November 1942 he enlisted in the Marines Corps and served in the Infantry with their First Marine Division in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. Everett was awarded the Purple Heart. He was discharged in November 1945.
On Feb. 11, 1948, he was married to Gladys Monson at Bottineau. After their marriage they lived on the family farm, where they raised cattle and small grains. Everett also worked for a time on the oil rigs, drove truck for a local gravel company, and worked various other jobs during his farming career. Gladys passed away on May 12, 2006. He has continued to live on the farm since.
He was a member of the Bottineau VFW, American Legion and the AMVETS. Everett was also a member of the Marine Corps League of Purple Heart, Marine Corps Association, and 1st Marine Division Association. He was a member of the Oak Creek Water Board for a time. Everett enjoyed deer hunting throughout his life.
He is survived by: his son, David Solper, and his wife, Sherrie, of Minot; daughters, Dianne Kuhl, and her friend, Bill Burgess, of Grass Lake, Mich., and Lois and her husband, Dan Schaefer, of Bottineau; nine grandchildren, Allan (Angela) Kuhl, Michelle (Dan) Susko, Jessica (Grant) Tagestad, Derek (Brittina) Schaefer, Christopher Schaefer, Mallary (Jordan) Anderson, Trisha (Luke) Schaefer, Brandy (Travis) Gerjets and Jacob (Melissa) Solper; 10 great-grandchildren, Megan (Stephen) Tersigni, Jeffery Kuhl, Lorelei Susko, Lauren and Sophia Tagestad, Elisabeth and Harrison Schaefer and Tayson and Rylin Solper; a great-great-granddaughter, Mya Tersigni; and a sister, Evelyn Hanson, of Bottineau.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Gladys; and a brother, Henry "Bud" Solper.
Memorials: Are preferred to the Bottineau Veterans Building Fund, 460 N. Lake Park Road, Bottineau, ND 58318, and St. Mark's Catholic Church, Bottineau.
Friends may sign the online register at (www.nerofuneralhome.net).