Soli, Robert F. age 83, of Coon Rapids passed away at home on January 10, 2021. Preceded in death by wife, Sondra (King) and parents Nordahl and Ethel Soli. Survived by children, Teresa (Gregg) Dillenburg, Chris (Cheryl) and Patrick (Sara) Soli; grandchildren, Ryan (Christine), Melissa (Levi), Taylor (Taylor), Somer, Cassidy, Avery, Ellyn; great-grandchildren, Lilliana, Sydney, Carter and Riley; brother, Edwin (Patricia) Soli; brother-in-law, Bob (Dianne) King; nieces, Samantha King and Christine Monk and other loving family and many close friends. Bob was born December 29, 1937 in Des Moines, IA. He graduated high school in 1955 from Minneapolis Central, where he ran cross country and track and was a member of a 4-mile relay team which set a National High School record. He attended Macalester College, where he also ran track and cross-county. Bob then joined the Army and was stationed in Germany serving within the Infantry Division, receiving an honorable discharge. He later graduated from Augsburg College receiving a B.S. in Chemistry. Bob met Sondra at the Swain Cross-Country Invitational in Duluth, MN. For him, he said it was love at first sight and he knew he was going to marry her. They were married 49 years before she passed. He has missed her terribly these past 10 years. Bob taught geography at Spring Lake Park High School, where he also coached track and cross- country. He then changed careers and sold advertising and joined the sales management team at the Star Tribune, where he retired. Throughout life, Bob enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf, reading, snowmobiling, cabin time, traveling with friends and spending time with family. He was an avid MN sports fan and loved attending his grandchildren's sporting events. Bob also loved all of his "grand dogs" and always had a pocket full of dog treats for them. Bob had many health challenges these last years, but he bravely fought through them all, never giving up and seemed to come out on top each time. He will be greatly missed by his family. A celebration of life will be planned at a later date, when family and friends can come together and celebrate Bob's life. Memorials preferred to American Cancer Society, Disabled American Vets or donor choice. Cremation Society of Minnesota cremationsocietyofmn.com
Robert F. Soli
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