CHERRY — Joseph L. “Bluto” Soldati, 64, of Cherry passed away Sunday, May 12, 2013, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn., following an extended illness.
Joseph was born Dec. 28, 1948, in Spring Valley to Delio and Loretta (Padgett) Soldati. He was a class of 1967 graduate of Hall High School and attended a heavy equipment operator’s trade school in Texas for two years. He married Lynn Hegland on Oct. 27, 1967, in Princeton. He worked as a pipe insulator for Sprinkman in Peoria and also worked as a laborer for Local 393. He was a member of the U.A.W. at Sauer-Danfoss where he worked for over 35 years. He was a member of Millwrights Local 1693.
He was a life-time member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Cherry and was a volunteer for the Cherry Fire Department for 30 years, where he had served as chief for one term. He had served on the Cherry Village Board as trustee for 30 years. He was a member of the Cherry Booster Club. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Lynn Soldati of Cherry; two sons, Joseph J. (Maribeth) Soldati of Arlington and Christopher D. (Shantel) Soldati of Cherry; three grandchildren, Morgan and Madison of Cherry, and Devin of Arlington; and one brother, Dean (Mary Beth) Soldati of LaMoille.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Fiocchi Funeral Home, Cherry, with the Rev. Robert Spilman officiating. Interment will be in the Ladd Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be directed to the wishes of his family.
Pallbearers will be: Harry Deacon, Mike Stuckert, Howard Raef, Ken Bodnum, Robert McCook, Tim Fonderoli and Joe Wenzel.