OBITUARY

Rev. Joseph G. Soley

January 14, 1939February 21, 2021
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Rev. Joseph G. Soley, 82 of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Sunday February 21, 2021 at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, Ohio. He was born January 14, 1939 in Arkdale, Wisconsin, the son of the late Guy & Clara (Pollex) Soley. Pastor Soley was a graduate of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and Luther Seminary, St. Paul Minnesota. His first Parrish was Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Elizabeth, New Jersey where he met his wife Elaine whom he married February 12, 1966; he then served at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Warren as associate pastor from 1968-1971; then he served at St. Johns in Celina from 1971-1976; he then became pastor at Fountain of Life Lutheran Church in Greenville; after his time there he became the pastor of Stelvideo Christian Church and also the Congregational Christian Church of Greenville; he served as a chaplain for many years at Wayne Healthcare and was active with Community Christmas Drive. He is preceded in death by his parents; and his sisters: Carol & Norma. He is survived by his wife Elaine G. (Van Hauten) Soley of Greenville; his son Kevin Soley of Greenville; his daughter Gail Soley of New Jersey; his granddaughter: Olivia of New Jersey. Services will be held on Thursday February 25, 2021 at 10:00 AM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Drew Bush and Pastor Jim Morehouse officiating. Burial will follow in Stelvideo Cemetery. The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to services on Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Community Christmas Drive, State of the heart Care or Wayne Healthcare. Foundation.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 25, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, February 25, 2021

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  • Burial

    Thursday, February 25, 2021

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Don & Kathy Lockhart

February 25, 2021

Sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. We were blessed to know Joe through him filling in at the pulpit , hearing him preach many times. Kathy taught with Elaine at South school. RIP Joe - our prayers are with Elaine, Kevin and their daughter. 🙏

Kent and Janis Massen

February 24, 2021

Even though Uncle Joe was born and raised in Wisconsin he loved the Chicago Cubs. We so enjoyed his visits when he would come back home to Arkdale WI almost every summer. Due to COVID last summer that trip wasn't made. He was such a kind, and gentle man, and will be missed by all who knew him. The picture is one of our favorites with Uncle Joe and his sisters Carol and Norma. Love to you, Aunt Elaine, and cousins Gail, Kevin, and Olivia.

Marvin Dalton

February 24, 2021

Elaine and family,
Pat and I are so sorry to hear of Joe's passing. We enjoyed the friendship we had with both of you over the years in Greenville. You and family are in our prayers.

Marvin and Pat

Darlene Huffman

February 23, 2021

Joe was a very special man. He had a very Godly demeanor, was so wise in a gentle way. It was a pleasure to know him.

Shirley Kuphal

February 23, 2021

I went to school with Joe at Adams-Friendship High School for 2 years and remember him as a very nice fellow. I do remember that he and I followed each other into the graduation ceremon y to receive our dipolmas and we wished each other best wishes for the future. I didn't see him after that and was not aware he was a pastor...which I am sure he was awesome at. Sorry for your loss. Joe, rest in peace in our gracious Lord's arms.

Russell Nelson

February 23, 2021

Went to high school with him at Adams Friendship high School. He was a great classmate.

Cindy Brown

February 23, 2021

I'm so sorry. I'll always remember our birthday meals at olive garden. Love you both.

Carol and David Sroufe

February 23, 2021

We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Joe. What a kind, caring,
faithful man he was. His life was a window to us to know what God
is like. Truly humble man. Sympathies to Elaine, Gail, Kevin and
Olivia. Thinking of you and praying for you.

gary trump

February 23, 2021

To Elaine, Gail, Kevin and Olivia. God has taken JOE to a better place where every spirit is happy. We are thankful for his passing. We are sad because he had to leave the love of his family and friends. We all will miss him. Please accept our sincerest regrets and sympathy. Your friends Gail and Gary Trump, Cypress Tx

Sherry Echeman

February 23, 2021

I worked side by side with Joe during his short time at Fram. I felt so sorry for him, working in that scorching summer 112 deg heat one year, making air filters with us! He never complained about anything....even those 'swearing' who didn't know he was a Reverend!
He was always a kind, quiet, gentle man, who's receiving his Reward.
Sincere sympathy to his wife and family. Praying for God's Peace and Comfort to all of you.

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