IN MEMORIAM, JON SOULE
The Minnesota Dahlia Society lost a dedicated member and great friend on April 16, 2020.
Jon was an ADS Senior Judge, an active exhibitor and a frequent winner at shows. Jon and his wife Cindy enjoyed traveling and participating in local, regional and national dahlia shows. Along the way, they met many people that shared their passion. Jon also served as Director of Membership for the Minnesota Dahlia Society from 2002-2004.
With his mild manner and soft-spoken ways, Jon was the yin to Cindy’s yang. They complemented each other perfectly. Together they enjoyed going to Twins, Vikings and Wild games. They also loved to don their ear protection and take in a good ol’ NHRA drag race, often traveling far and wide to find one. Politics was another passion of Jon’s, he was a true union champion. Jon loved his music, especially the blues. Rain or shine, nothing stopped him from enjoying a live soulful blues concert.
Jon retired after a long career as a prison guard at Minnesota’s Correctional Facility in Stillwater. His co-workers remember him as a kind and gentle man who was passionate about the things he loved and believed in. He was affectionately known to them as ‘Soule Man’.
Jon’s health had been failing him. Most recently he suffered a fall at our 2nd Dahlia show last September that landed him in the hospital. His health continued to decline from there until his passing on April 16th.
Our deepest sympathy goes out to Cindy, his wife of 35 years. Our society has lost a dear friend and valued member. His passing is a loss for all who knew him. Rest in peace Jon.
Update: There was a Celebration of Life to remember Jon, last weekend. It was at a park in Fridley and divided into small groups through-out the day to social distance. It was a positive but moving event. Thank you Cindy for hosting it.