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Obituary: Allen ‘Goose’ Almer Solum Sr.

Published on August 22, 2018 12:01AM

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Allen Solum Sr.

Allen Solum Sr.


Dec. 14, 1937 — Aug. 4, 2018

Allen Almer Solum Sr., 80, of Knappa, Oregon, passed in Astoria on Aug. 4, 2018. He was born in Stanley, North Dakota, to Almer Solum and Leota “Lee” Footh Solum on Dec. 14, 1937.

Allen married Patricia “Pat” Zweber on Nov. 23, 1981, in Gettysburg, South Dakota. They celebrated 36 years of marriage.

The Solum family moved to Portland in 1951. He joined the Navy, and later moved to Eugene and then Astoria. In 2011, Al and Pat bought a house in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, but always came home to Knappa in the summer months.

Al did many things after leaving the Navy. He was a roofer most of his life, and then bought a concrete company and named it Al’s Readi-Mix. He had a colorful and eventful life, and he never met a stranger — he even picked up hitchhikers and brought them home — and he always had a wonderful smile.

“Goose” was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and cousin, and enjoyed spending time with his family more than anything. He also enjoyed reading, racing cars, handmaking canes, tinkering, helping friends and family, and especially spending time with his son, Allen.

Al is survived by many relatives: his wife, Pat; a son, Allen Solum Jr. and his wife, Shelly; granddaughter, Heather; great-grandchildren, Adrian and Brooklyn; and brothers, Blaine and Kevin Ogier. Al was preceded in death by a son, LeJon Solum; a sister, Bonnie Westfall; and six brothers, Jerry, Dick, Gary Sr. and Rod Solum and Dorsey and Callvin Ogier. There are too many other relatives to list.

The family would like to invite everyone to a celebration of life honoring Goose at the Elks Lodge, located at 453 11th St. in Astoria, Oregon, on Sept. 8, 2018, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Memories of Goose can be shared with friends and family online at, emailed to"> or mailed to 91918 Akerstedt Road, Astoria, OR., 97103.

Donations in Al’s honor can be made to Disabled American Veterans at or 877-426-2838.


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