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November 10, 1964 - July 9, 2019
John C. Solem, 54, passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 9, 2019 after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born November 10, 1964 to George and Betsy (Hagood) Solem in Duluth, Minnesota.
John grew up in Gnesen township, the first born son of a dairy farmer, and was integral to the growth of the family farm at a young age. At age 15, John was struck by a car, and suffered a debilitating accident that greatly affected his life. John experienced the joy of becoming a father in 1987 to a beautiful daughter. He found great comfort and encouragement throughout life with his faith in Christ.
John was a witty, stubborn, and very intelligent man. He outsmarted many at chess, enjoyed playing cribbage, fishing, smoking Marlboros, drinking coffee, and watching TV. He will be immensely missed by his family and friends.
He is preceded in death by; his parents.
John is survived by; daughter Jonni Rae Solem, granddaughter Averi Rae Solem; five siblings, Ely (Jill) Solem, Sarah (Clint) Stock, Sherrie (Troy) Tapa, Mary (Joe) Schwinghamer, June (Ryan) Wegner; many nieces and nephews, extended family and friends; friend Carrie Maki; and the many supportive friends at AA.
Private services will be held.