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Gladwin County Obituary/Death Notice
Max Soldan


   Max B. Soldan, 46, of Saginaw, lost his life, Thursday afternoon when his 1959 station wagon crashed into a concrete abutment on the new M-20 expressway between Bay City and Midland. Soldan, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Danile Soldan of Gladwin, was on his way to Gladwin to visit his parents when the tragedy occurred. State police theorized that Soldan alone in the car, may have suffered a heart attack before the vehicle left the roadway and smashed headon into the abutment carrying Flajole road overpass. The coroner said an autospy showed death resulted from internal injuries.

   Several motorist helped pull Soldan's body free of the wreckage when it caught fire seconds after the crash. State Trooper Richard Wood said the station wagon travelled 115 feet after leaving the pavement and continued in a straight line into the overpass foundation. Soldan, a foreman at Malleable Iron Foundry, GMC, was on sick leave from his work and recovering from lung surgery performed last fall. Born June 4, 1915 in Gladwin, he married the former Miss Nest Waltenburg Dec. 21, 1950, in Alpena. He had been employed at Malleable Iron for 23 years, and had been foreman for the past 20. The Soldans resided at 3023 Martz Place, Saginaw.

   Survivors include his widow; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Soldan, of Gladwin; a daughter, Mrs. Donald Phillips, of Saginaw; three sons, Danny and Douglas, at home, and Robert of Belding; two sisters, Mrs. Theodore Patenge, of Lansing, and Mrs. Robert Welser, of Gladwin; two brothers, Robert of Gladwin, and Howard of Holt; and two grandsons. Funeral services were Monday at 1 p.m. at the Case Chapel in Saginaw, the Rev. William Richard officiating. Burial was in Highland cemetery, Gladwin, at 3:30 p.m.

   Both Soldan and his wife Nest were natives of Gladwin County and attended the Gladwin schools. In recent years they have owned a cabin at Pratts Lake and spent considerable time here.

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Highland Cemetery, Gladwin, MI
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Gladwin County Record, Gladwin, MI
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January 2005
Tom Ladner
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