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“I only really met John once that I can remember and it was recently during the Schultz deer hunt. Once is really all it takes to know how good of a...Read More »
1 of 21 | Posted by: Derek Larson - Spencer, IA

“So sorry for your loss. John and I (LeAnn) had some wonderful times working together at the super valu when John was still in school. A great guy...Read More »
2 of 21 | Posted by: LeAnn & Bob Raths - Fergus Falls, MN

“I am so sorry for you loss Jo, he was a great guy.  I will miss my little visits with him in Mesa.  My thoughts and prayers are with you...Read More »
3 of 21 | Posted by: Dick Athmann - Janesville, WI

“Bobby Jo, Jean, John, Tony, Dani and Cathy: we are so sorry for your loss of John. He was a friendly, special kind of guy and he will be missed by so...Read More »
4 of 21 | Posted by: Linda Anderson - Morris, MN

“Dear Jo and families,We are so sorry to hear of the death of John. We were privileged to know John through you, and dear Dewey.This is not what we...Read More »
5 of 21 | Posted by: Rodney and Ardie Voss - Rosholt,, SD

“Bobbi Jo and Family:We are saddened by the sudden lose of John. We want you to know we are all thinking of you during this difficult time!God's...Read More »
6 of 21 | Posted by: Carter Tonn

“I only knew Johnny for 4 years. But he was one of the most amazing people i have ever meet.Johnny's smile could light up whatever room he walked into...Read More »
7 of 21 | Posted by: Rhonda Elkins - mesa, AZ

“Sorry hear the sad news. ”
8 of 21 | Posted by: Bob McCollar

“Thank you for letting me be part of your life. You have enriched many in you travels. You will be missed by me & many others. Thank you again....Read More »
9 of 21 | Posted by: Charlie Johnson - Gilbert, AZ

“Bobbi Jo n family:  I am so sorry for your loss and the loss to so many people lucky enough to have known John.   He was always such a...Read More »
10 of 21 | Posted by: Shelly Hickman - Fargo, ND

“Please accept my deepest sympathy for your great loss. I was so sorry to hear about John! I enjoyed his friendship very much. It was always fun to...Read More »
11 of 21 | Posted by: Angie Root-McConaghy - Madison, SD

“Hey Johnny, you were and still are a good friend, and yes you will be missed. So long good friend your buddy Steve. RIP. ”
12 of 21 | Posted by: Steve Ramirez - Mesa, AZ

“Bobbie Jo and family.  I was so sorry to hear about John.  It must be so hard to lose a son.  You have my sincere sympathy.  Know...Read More »
13 of 21 | Posted by: Vonnie Anderson - Glenwood, MN

“Jo, John, Jean, Tony, Dani & CathyWe were so saddened to hear abut John. He was taken away from all of you way too soon. We really enjoyed our visits...Read More »
14 of 21 | Posted by: Bob & Laura Griffith - Morris

“Jo and family:  So sorry about your John.  May his memories fill the sorrow in your heart and make you smile again.  Peace ”
15 of 21 | Posted by: Terry & Howard SYlvester - MN

“I have known John for 11 years.  He was one of the most wonderful guys you would ever want to know.  I first met him at his shop in 1999. ...Read More »
16 of 21 | Posted by: Jamie Kimball - Mesa, AZ

“Bobbi Jo and family,   You have our sincere sympathy.  Take comfort in knowing that Duane and John are together.  May your...Read More »
17 of 21 | Posted by: Becky (Felstul) Burnett

“I am so sorry to hear of your loss of your dear son and brother, Bobbi Jo, Jeannie, and Cathy.  Although I didn't know John well, I have...Read More »
18 of 21 | Posted by: Mary Anne Peterson - Morris, MN

“Bobbi Jo and family you are in our thoughts and prayers, I always looked forward to seeing John at church on Christmas, he will be missed. ”
19 of 21 | Posted by: Kevin and Sara Ross - Wadena, MN

“I have good memories of Confirmation classes and retreats with John.  He always had that mischievious grin.  His family will surely miss...Read More »
20 of 21 | Posted by: Rita Johnson (Sperr) - Brainerd, MN

“Thank John for all the good and bad times we have had for the past 19 yrs. I will always Love You. Rest in Peace . I will sure miss you. Although...Read More »
21 of 21 | Posted by: Karen Kenyon-Webley - gilbert, AZ

John Allen Solvie, son of Duane Allen and Barbara Jo (Fox) Solvie, was born February 1, 1964 at Morris, Minnesota.  John grew up in Morris, where he was baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran Church.  John enjoyed working on the farm with his dad and Grandpa Solvie.  Along with farming, he also held jobs at Cenex and Juergenson’s Super Valu.  While growing up, John formed a special relationship with the Don and Barb Beers Family, which became a second home and family to him.  After graduating from Morris High School in 1982, John worked at Cenex and on the farm.  He always loved being a farmer and at the farm.  In 1987, John moved to Mesa, Arizona, and began working at Sid’s Exxon.  While working there, John was welcomed into the Lipscomb family, and Sid and Nancy took him under their wings and served as another “Mom & Dad” to John in Arizona.  In 1993, John formed his own business, “All About Autos”, with his friend, Tom Trescott.  Their partnership dissolved, but their friendship never did.  John had continued running his business in Mesa until the time of his death.


John’s caring attitude toward others often flowed over to his friends who knew he was never more than a phone call away.  Since John’s death, those many good deeds have been paid back through all the acts of kindness from John’s friends in assisting Bobby Jo and the family, especially with all help at John’s home and business in Arizona.


John’s Family was his greatest love.  He and his mom were truly “best-friends”.  They enjoyed many a “John & Mom” trip, where they were never lost, they just didn’t always know exactly where they were!  John called his mom every day, except when the NASCAR races were on.  He also loved his sisters as only a brother can, and being miles away, he always looked forward to their reunions.  Because of the family’s shared love for “The Sound of Music”, they all took a wonderful trip in June, 2010 to Europe to tour Austria and to see the Passion Play in Oberammergau with friends from Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Mesa.  John was especially proud to be Uncle to Tony & Dani Schultz.  When he was in Morris, he loved to follow their sports, especially hockey, and he continued to be an avid fan, even after returning to Mesa.  John also enjoyed the outdoor life, and looked forward to the annual deer hunt with his brother-in-law and the Schultz clan.  John will truly be missed by the many people who knew and loved him.


John died very unexpectedly from natural causes at his home in Mesa, Arizona on Wednesday, September 29, 2010.  He had lived to reach the age of 46 years.


He is survived by his mother, Bobby Jo Solvie of Morris; two sisters: Jean (John) Schultz of Morris and Cathy Solvie of Morris; his nephew, Tony Schultz of Morris; his niece, Dani Schultz of Morris; his aunt, Bev Reque of Alexandria; his cousins: David Reque and family and Diane (Eric) Storvick and family; his God-Parents, Art & Nancy (Watzke) Dahlquist and their family; his special friend, Sue Lane and by his many great friends and relatives.  He was preceded in death by his father, Dewey Solvie; grandparents: Ray & Marion Solvie and Frank J. & Severa Fox; his uncle, Pete Reque and his buddy and faithful companion, Diego the Chihuahua.


Pallbearers for the service are: Shane Kolden, Dave Vikander, Stephen Beers, Scott Beers, Curt Beers, Sid Lipscomb Jr., Jake Barber and Chris Olson. Honorary pallbearers are: Charlie Johnson, Tom Trescott, Sammy Balsum, Spence Moore, Sid and Nancy Lipscomb, Sue Beers Midboe and all of John's friends. Linda Hodgson will serve as pianist for the service, with Jere Solvie serving as soloist.  Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of the arrangements.


In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials in John’s name.

Funeral Home
Pedersen and Starbuck Funeral Homes
101 South Atlantic Avenue Morris, MN 56267
Tel. (320) 589-3220