• warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.

Velda Irene Dinse

Velda Irene Dinse, 88, of Solon and formerly of Tipton, passed away peacefully at Solon Nursing Care Center on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016. A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, April 2, at 2 p.m. at Fry Funeral Home, Tipton. There will be a visitation from 1-2 p.m., with an inurnment and graveside service following the service at Woodbridge Cemetery, Buchannan. A memorial fund in Velda’s honor has been established. Online condolences may be shared at www.fryfuneralhome.com.
On March 26, 1927, Velda was born to Carl and Anna (Ketelson) Osterkamp, in Center Junction, Iowa. Velda attended Anamosa Schools and graduated with the class of 1944. She then met the love of her life, Hilbert James, and they were married on Sept. 16, 1963, in Tipton, where they resided until Hilbert’s passing in 2005.
Velda’s years of employment were spent working at Rockwell Collins for 34 years. There she was a lead assembler and proud of her work on the Gemini and Apollo spacecrafts. She was a member of the Swisher American Legion Auxiliary and had a Lutheran faith. In Velda’s younger years, she and her late husband enjoyed fishing and traveling.
Velda is survived by her niece, Mary Kucera of Solon; two sisters, Luella Bickford and Helen Gerst, both of Anamosa; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Hilbert James; and brothers, John, Louis, and Elmer Osterkamp.