Gene M. Solberg, 77, of Onalaska, Wis., died unexpectedly Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wis.

He was born in Caledonia on July 9, 1935, to Fredrick and Mabel (Wilsey) Solberg. He married Diane Ruth Carson on April 14, 1956, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Winona and she preceded him in death on Jan. 17, 2004.

Gene grew up in Yucatan and attended school in Houston. During his childhood, he assisted his family with the daily operations at the Yucatan Creamery.

He was the manager of the Piggly Wiggly in Winona in his earlier years, eventually moving on to own and operate Solberg Groceries & Meats and the Village House Motel in Spring Grove. Most recently, Gene worked at Northern Engraving.

Gene was very active with the Harry J. Olson Senior Center and the Oak Knoll Manor where he resided. He enjoyed playing cards, bingo, traveling, gardening and working with flowers. Above all else, Gene loved spending time with his family.

Survivors include two sons, Rick (Piper) Solberg of St. Cloud and Dale (Janice Christianson) Solberg of Austin; a daughter, Marjorie (Mike) Chang of Shakopee; two sisters, Helen Gehres of Stockton and June (Dale) Omodt of Houston; and two brothers, Bradley Solberg of Spring Grove and Glen (Avis) Solberg of Ettrick, Wis.

He is also survived by six grandchildren, Justin, Angela, Chad, Amber and Megan Solberg, and Catie Chang; and a great-grandchild, Clayton Ward.

He was preceded in death by his wife and parents, as well as three sisters, Shirley Vetter, Winifred Fitting and Elizabeth Palmer, and a brother, Merle Solberg.

Funeral services were Nov. 26 at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Houston. The Rev. Lane Zaffke officiated and burial was in the Yucatan Cemetery.

The Dickinson Family Funeral Home, La Crosse, assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.dickinsonfuneralhomes.com.