Robert W. Solt

Robert W. Solt, passed away Thursday, August 31, 2017 at his home; age 89 years. Robert was born on October 3, 1927 in Allentown, PA, the son of Charles R. and Myrtle (Gaugler) Solt, both deceased. In 1944, he met Clarence H. and Ella Hauser, his mother and father in Emmaus until their deaths. Robert graduated from Emmaus High School, Emmaus, PA in 1945. He entered the U.S. Army and served until November 1946. In 1951, he received his Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Michigan, majoring in Journalism. He was a life member of the University of Michigan Alumni Association. Robert was a reporter and then city editor at the Hoopeston Chronicle, in Hoopeston, IL from 1951 to 1953. In 1953, he began as a reporter for the Times Herald in Port Huron, MI; from 1970 to 1974 he was city editor of that newspaper. In May 1974, he as a reporter at the Saginaw News reporting on city and county government, business, agriculture, probate, district, circuit and federal courts until retirement in February 1993. He loved reading, classical music, including opera and theatre. Since age 17, he traveled extensively throughout the United States, Alaska, Canada, several trips to Europe, the Middle East (including Lebanon and Egypt), an African Safari, Asia (including Hong Kong, Tokyo and Thailand), Russia in 1959 (at the height of the Cold War), Pakistan and India. He once took a three-month trip around the world to Central America, Mexico and South America including the Machu Picchu Ruins in Peru, Buenos Aires, Rio, Manaus, the Amazon, Hawaii, Tahiti, New Zealand, Australia, Normandy and the World War II beaches and Morocco. In November of 1965, he flew from New Zealand to Antarctica and the South Pole to the National Science Foundation Science and research station where he walked around the world in 15 seconds.

Surviving are two step-nieces, Kerry (Hauser) Schmeltzle Hoffman and Lea Ann (Hauser) Buchman, both of Emmaus, PA, and niece Linda Reddinger of Alllentown, PA.

According to Robert’s wishes, cremation and private interment has taken place.

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