Memorial services will be held at a later date in Bartlesville, Okla., for Lloyd Eugene Soleman of Roswell.
Soleman, 90, died Friday, July 12, 2013, at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center in Roswell.
Cremation is under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary.
Lloyd was born Sep. 30, 1922, in Independence, Kan., the son of Guy K. Soleman and Lena Bell (Wilson) Soleman.
At the age of 22, Lloyd graduated from flight school in Mission, Texas, in the early 1940s and as a commissioned second lieutenant was sent to England as a B-17 pilot during World War II. Lloyd flew 30 missions in Europe within the 861ST Bomb Squadron — 8th United States Army Air Forces. Upon completion of his military duties, Lloyd continued his passion for flying and pursued a career as a flight instructor and worked various jobs crop dusting in the Pecos Valley.
His expertise and passion for flying led him to a career as a chief executive pilot for Robert O. Anderson with Hondo Oil and Gas. After 23 years, Lloyd retired and moved to Artesia in 1980 and continued flying for local companies. Lloyd enjoyed recreational flying, rebuilding aircraft, restoring cars, fishing, hunting and the overall outdoors. He loved his family, friends and always looked forward to flying with his best buds.
He returned to Roswell in 2005, and resided at Peachtree Village Retirement Center. Lloyd enjoyed his last flight earlier this spring with Richard Champion.
As a father, grandpa, great-grandpa and friend, he will be deeply missed.
Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Judy R. Owen.
Survivors include his sons, Gary K. Soleman of Mills, Wyo., and Pat L. Soleman and wife Debbie of Artesia; daughter Mary K. Spence and husband Bruce of Roswell; brothers, Donald B. Soleman and Robert L. Soleman both of Anniston, Ala.; nine grandchildren, Erin Spence, Brian Soleman, Alisa Worley, Jamie Blake, James Davis, Cindy Reaves, Tina Moore, Heather Soleman and Jennifer Soleman; 12 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.