David R. Solenberger, 66, of Overland Park, Kansas passed away on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at Kansas City Hospice House after six years of cancer treatment and participation in melanoma clinical research trials. A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday April 5th 2014 at 10:00 am at Colonial United Church of Christ at 7033 Mission Road in Prairie Village, Kansas followed by inurnment at Johnson County Cemetery, 11200 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS.
Dave was born in 1947 in Amery, Wisconsin to Ira and Emma Solenberger. The family relocated to Prairie Village in 1952 where he attended school, graduating from Shawnee Mission East High School in 1965. Dave was a dedicated Boy Scout and earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Dave graduated from Kansas State University, earning both a BA and MA Cum Laude in Economics. He also completed a Public Administration MS from University of Central Michigan.
After a productive 31 year career with US General Accounting Office, Dave retired in 2000. As he advanced from auditor to Evaluator-In-Charge, Dave lead evaluations including Department of Agriculture's forecasting and insurance programs and Department of Defense programs. He interfaced with congressional staff and made significant contributions to GAO Kansas City's technical assistance team. His career resulted in substantial budgetary savings and management improvements.
Dave raised his two children in Prairie Village with his first wife Judy Armstrong. He worked to improve the community through a group that saved Indian Hills Middle School plus Tax Payers of Johnson County sewer district reform effort. He was active with his children's sports teams, boy scouts, and gardening. He left a legacy of trees and perennial flowers throughout Johnson County. In 1999, Dave married Susan Burford and became step-father to Susan's two adult children.
He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include wife Susan Solenberger of Overland Park, Kansas; son Daniel Solenberger and wife Carol of Prairie Village, Kansas; daughter Susan McCall and husband Robert McCall of Missouri City, Texas; stepdaughter Katie Burford and husband Josh Stephenson of Durango, Colorado; and stepson John Burford of Seattle, Washington; grandchildren Reagan Solenberger, Landon Solenberger, Robert McCall III, and Emmett David McCall.
Memorial contributions in David`s name to: KU Endowment –Melanoma Research, 3901 Rainbow Boulevard Mail Stop 3012, Kansas City, Kansas 66160; Friends of Overland Park Arboretum, P.O. Box 26147, Shawnee Mission, KS, 66225.
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I just read about David on my high school's website. I hadn't seen him in some years, so I didn't realize that he had been sick. We were friends for years and enjoyed our high school youth group together. We even traded some coins back in the day. David was a great guy and I am sure he will be missed by his family and local friends. Charlie Hoke.
He was a great asset to our Prudent Investors investment club and a good friend to all of us.
Prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.
Posted by: A friend Apr 20, 2014
The condolences of the Brace family. We shared a childhood.
Posted by: A friend Apr 07, 2014
Dear Susan It is indeed with a sad heart that I learned of Dave's passing. My sincere and heartfelt condolences to you and the rest of the family. Dave will always be fondly remembered especially by the volleyball group for his sheepish looking smile, his willingness to try almost anything and his kind open heart. He was always willing to help in any way he could. I shall have some fond memories of our 20 odd years of friendship but especially of our trip to see the Billy Joel & Elton John concert. Rest in peace my friend. GOD BLESS.