David H. Soldwedel, age 79, of Oregon, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016 at Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg.
He was born February 8, 1937, in Pekin, Ill., the eldest child of Henry and Laura Klepfer Soldwedel. After an early start in his family's farm and dairy business, Soldwedel Dairy in Pekin, Ill., Dave graduated from Wayland Academy, joined the U.S. Navy, attended William and Mary College and graduated from the University of Wisconsin. He farmed extensively in southern Wisconsin and raised Hampshire, Holstein and national championship Angus cattle, in addition to other prize-winning livestock. More notable awards include: 1955 Illinois State Fair Grand Champion Hampshire Boar; 1970 Western National Stock Show Senior Grand Champion & Reserve Grand Champion Bull; 1993 World Beef Expo Division Champion Angus; 1993 WI Angus Association Show Heifer of the Year; 1994 WI Angus Association Futurity Show Reserve Grand Champion; 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 World Beef Expo - Heifer; 2002 WI State Fair Supreme Angus Show Senior Yearling; 2002 WI State Fair Supreme Angus Show Reserve Champion Bull; 2003 WI State Fair Angus Show Champion Junior Bull; 2005 WI State Fair Angus Show Champion Calf and Champion Junior Heifer Calf.
As President of Stoughton Farms, Dave was a mentor to many entering farming. Dave also worked at Cullinan and Sons in Tremont, Ill. and operated Sunset Lanes in Pekin, Ill. with his uncle, Tim Soldwedel. Dave was an athlete, an excellent tennis player, skier and golfer, and on the Wayland Academy football team. He was a member of the Brooklyn WI American Legion, the American Angus Association, Wisconsin Angus Association, Wisconsin Cattlemen Association, Illinois Pork Producers Association, and a charter member of the Illinois Valley Riding Club.
David is survived by his son, Reed (Liz) of Greenview, Ill.; son, Chad; daughter, Courtney (Jeff) Manger and grandson, Vance Manger of Palm Springs, Calif; sister, Sue Soldwedel Wollin of Oregon; and his cat, Simon. He leaves nephews, Arthur (Jennifer) Wirtz III of Glenview, Ill., and James Wirtz of Chicago; nieces, Laurie Wirtz (Steve) Jenkins of Glenview, Ill., Lynsey Wollin (Shawn) Casey of Evanston, Ill., and Kelsey Wollin (Todd) Dunn of Oregon; and cousins, including Larry Klepfer of Ecuador. He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Sunny Soldwedel Wirtz.
David's children hosted a bonfire in his honor at the family farm and wish to thank all who enriched his life with friendship. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.