Jack Paul Sollberger, 83, of Granite City, passed away at 1:48 a.m. Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City.
He was born March 10, 1931 in Fort Wayne, Ind., a son of the late Ernest John Sollberger and Lydia (Schaumberg) Hite.
He married Peggy Sue (Watson) Sollberger on Oct. 2, 1954, in Granite City and she survives.
Jack retired in 1992 as a stores manager from Granite City Steel after more than 39 years of dedicated service. The United States Army veteran proudly served his country during the Korean War as a paratrooper with the 2nd Airborne. He was a prisoner of war and was a recipient of the Purple Heart and numerous other medals and recognitions. He was a dedicated member of St. John Lutheran Church in Granite City and active with the Granite City Masonic Lodge No. 877 and the Shriners. He enjoyed working with the Dream Factory and several other organizations throughout the community. He enjoyed his days on the lake, boating, traveling, golfing and bowling and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.
In addition to his beloved wife of 60 years, he is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis D. and Terrie Sollberger of Edwardsville and Paul and Mary Sollberger of Cleveland, Texas; one daughter and son-in-law, Jackie and Dale Harris of Granite City; seven grandchildren and their spouses, Timothy and Kelly Harris, Kristin and Matt Laws, Tiffany and Nicole Lockridge, Tyler and Brittany Sollberger, Brett and Kelly Sollberger, Kate Sollberger and Colton Sanders; four great-grandchildren, Michael Boyd, Dylan Boyd, Lucy Laws and Benjamin Laws; many nieces and nephews; other extended family and friends.
In addition to his beloved parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Eileen Woods and two brothers, Maurice and Paul Sollberger.
In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, with a Masonic Service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue from 9 a.m. until time of funeral service at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at Irwin Chapel on with the Rev. David Corson officiating. Entombment with full military rites will be accorded at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates. The family suggests memorials be made to the American Kidney Foundation or to St. John Lutheran Church, 2001 St. Clair Ave. in Granite City, and may be accepted at the funeral home, www.irwinchapel.com.