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Donald Soliday dies at 79

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Donald R. Soliday, 79, lifelong resident of Valparaiso, passed away March 6, 2007 following a brief battle with cancer.

He was born Oct. 2, 1927, the son of James and Margaret Soliday, both of whom preceded him in death.

On Aug. 13, 1949, he married Florence Hoskins, who survives.

He is also survived by four children, Jonathan (Denise) Soliday, of Porter, Sandra Soliday of Valparaiso, David (Linda) Soliday, of Valparaiso and Nancy (Keith) Domke of Riverton, Wy.; four grandchildren, Janna and Laurie Soliday of Bloomington, Ill., Rachelle Domke of East Stroudsburg, Pa., and Justine Domke of Riverton, Wy.; a brother, James (Judy) Soliday, of Ariz. and a sister, Leola Niksch of Wanatah.

He was also preceded in death by brothers Robert, Ernest and Elmer Soliday.

He attended Valparaiso schools and graduated from Valparaiso High School. While in high school, he was a four-year letter winner of football, basketball and track and field, earning the maximum 12 letters in four years. He attended and graduated from Indiana Barber School in 1956. He owned Donís Barber Shop, where he worked until his retirement in 1994. His shop was located on the Porter County Courthouse square, corner of Indiana Ave. and Washington St. He was a born-again Christian and a member of Faith Evangelical Bible Church of Valparaiso, where he was active in the Senior Group and various Bible studies. He loved spending time helping his family with projects and greatly enjoyed fishing, gardening, painting, sports and traveling.

A funeral service, Rev. Rod Huber officiating, will be at 12:30 p.m. Friday, March 9 at Moeller Funeral Home, 104 Roosevelt Rd., Valparaiso. Interment will follow at Graceland Cemetery.

Visitation is scheduled for 4-8 p.m. Thursday, March 8 at Moeller.

Memorials may be made to Faith Evangelical Bible Church or to the Hospice of Porter County.


Posted 3/7/2007