Albert Eugene Sollers, also known as GENE, Cowboy, Brother, Friend, Dad, Grandpa, Old Man, Uncle, and Grumpy, passed away Sunday, August 2 surrounded by family and friends. Gene was loved by all who knew him and was always willing to help others in any way possible.
He was born in Wichita, Kansas; attended West High School; and served in the United States Air Force for 6 ½ years where he worked on airplane (T33 screaming meemies aircraft) and had his engine run up and taxi license. He also competed on their smallbore shooting team. Upon his discharge he rode his horse from Lubbock, Texas to Wichita, Kansas to work on a ranch in Minneapolis, Kansas. He later became a lineman for Western Electric in Kansas and worked for GTE in California.
He moved to Utah in 1979 and worked repairing photo copier machines and later worked for the warehouse and custodian department of Jordan School District where he retired in 2004.
Hobbies included: horses, dogs, mountain man, shooting (pistols, black powder, and rifle), riding in mountains with his friend and neighbor Stan, camping, and hunting. He was an all-around outdoor person and religious in the sense that he liked to ride his horse in the mountains as that was “God’s Church”.
Gene never met a stranger as he would talk to everyone telling them stories of his life and experiences. He was 81 years old and married for over 40 years.
He is survived by his wife Janet, sister Audrey (Darell) Wikle, brothers Jerry and Phillip Sollers, granddaughters Cassie (Joe) Schneider and Caylee (Nick) Navarro and 5 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by his father Phillip, mother Thelma, and son Brian.
Gene was an awesome man whose wife, family, and friends all loved him very much and will miss him greatly! He has left a hole in our lives that cannot be replaced. However, he always said: “he was put on this earth to harass people and he was doing a dam good job of it!!”
Gene did not want any ceremony or services; so in lieu of flowers, please contribute to your local charity or give to the Veterans Administration in his name.
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