Ray Kenneth Solberg
Ray Kenneth Solberg passed away Aug. 21, 2018 in Plano,TX, surrounded by his loved ones. Kenneth was born on Nov. 2, 1937 in the Norse community, West of Clifton,TX at home by Dr. VD Goodall, the first child of Joseph Odell Solberg and Julia Edna Golden Solberg.
He and his younger sister Katheryn Ann grew up on the family farm in Norse and attended Clifton schools. Kenneth graduated in 1956, enjoying drumming in the band as well as participating in the FFA. He graduated Texas Lutheran College in 1960 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Ken graduated with a Masters of Divinity Degree from Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1964.
He was married to the former Patricia Willmann on March 29, 1959. The two children that came from that marriage were Michael Kenneth born Jan. 19, 1960 and Jennifer Christine born Oct. 1, 1965 adopted by Kenneth, Patricia and Michael in 1967.
He was ordained into the Parish Ministry on June 21, 1964 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Norse, TX. He served a twopoint parish in Bastrop and McDade, TX from 1964-1967. He was pastor of First Lutheran Church in Waco, TX from 1967-1970. From 1970-1974 he was Director of Caritas of Waco, a church related social service agency. From 1970-1976 he was director of a house church in Waco, known as COACT (Community of Active Christians Today). He was a project associate for Project Base Church, a program that offers new and meaningful options for Christian Community. He was recognized as a Group Development Leader with Consultant/Trainers Southwest. He published an “Experiencing Theology” resource for church groups that is still influencing theological training and church communities in Canada.
In 1974, he studied with Dr. Ida Rolf to become a Practitioner of Structural Integration (Rolfing). Rolfing is an art form which integrates bodily and psychological awareness by working with systems of the human body. The family lived in Dallas, then in Nederland, CO. After an amicable divorce, Kenneth moved back to Dallas, continuing his Rolfing practice.
On April 21, 1981 he married Mary Ella Hogan Eaton in Dallas adding her three daughters Margaret Claire, Vanice Elaine and Emily Christine to his family. Ken became a nationally respected teacher and lecturer for Rolfing doing body work for numerous celebrities, sports player and even special animals. His compassion and passion for health and healing led him to people of all walks of life.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Julia, his daughter Jennifer and first wife Pat.
Survivors include his wife Mary, son Michael and wife Virginia, grandsons Zane and Asher Solberg, step daughters Margaret and husband Mushtaq Ahmed, Vanice and husband Omar Baca and Emily and husband Wally Mrowczynski, step granddaughters Isabella and Amina Ahmed, sister Katheryn and husband Jarell Mc-Coy and nephews Joseph and Jameson McCoy.
Kenneth will be remembered as a gentle and kind spirit, a seeker of knowledge and a one who spent his life in service to help others.