Solon J. Kousma

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Willard Oh 44890 2/16/2015 11:00:00

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Solon J. Kousma, age 81 of Willard, Ohio passed away Friday, February 13, 2015 at the Hillside Acres Nursing Home in Willard, Ohio. He was born February 27, 1933 in Detroit, Michigan to the late John and Mary Kousma. Solon was an active member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Willard and was retired from RR Donnelley in Willard after 38 years of service. He was a volunteer firefighter for 42 years, Firefighter of the Year in 1997, EMT for Willard Rescue Squad for 32 years. Solon was elected to Willard City Council and served 8 years including 4 years as Vice Mayor. He enjoyed marrying many couples as Vice Mayor. For many years he filmed the Willard High School Varsity Football and Basketball games and avidly followed his beloved Cleveland Indians, The Ohio State University football team and the Cleveland Browns.
He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Bonnie (Clawson) Kousma; daughter, Kimberly (Michael) Elmlinger of Willard; son, Scott (Tami) Kousma of Willard; 4 grandchildren Jamie (Cassandra) Elmlinger, SSgt Alexander Elmlinger, Hannah Kousma and Griffin Kousma; great-granddaughter Abigail Thornton; 2 step-children Debbie (Ken) Chaney and Richard (Elizabeth) Morgan; brother-in-law Jerry Kostoff; numerous nieces and nephews and special family friends, Michael J. Miller, Suzanne J. Phillips and Stephanie A. Parish.
Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by his first wife of 44 years, Jeddie Mae Kousma; 3 brothers Sarpedon Kousma, Creis Pastar and DeLeon Pastar; sister and brother-in-law Helen and James Fotiu.
Visitation will be Monday, February 16, 2015 from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM at Trinity Lutheran Church in Willard, Ohio where a service will be at 2:00 PM with Rev. Blanche Tyree officiating. Burial will be at a later date at the Greenwood Cemetery in Willard, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church in Willard. Online condolences may be made to the family at


Doug & Sharon Snipes - Feb 19, 2015

We just come back from Florida and was so sorry to hear of Solons death. What a wonderful and friendly person he was. Sympathy to Bonnie and his family.

Ken Kuhn - Feb 17, 2015

To the Kousma family,
I am so sad to hear of Solon’s passing. I have hundreds of fond memories going back many years, and it seems it always produces a smile. I am so sorry that I could not pay my respects in person, but accept my heartfelt sympathy.

Ken Carpenter - Feb 16, 2015

Kim and Scott, I am very sorry to hear about Solon. He was a great and wonderful man. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

Steve and jodi ames - Feb 16, 2015

Kim,Scott and the rest of the family. We are truly sorry for your loss. Solon will be greatly missed by many. He was a wonderful person! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the family.
Steve and Jodi Ames

Sue Prelipp - Feb 16, 2015

Scott, Tammi and family, so sorry to hear of the passing of Solon. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Frank and Diana McFarland - Feb 16, 2015

Scott and Family,
So sorry to hear about Solon passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We truly enjoyed seeing him at most Willard sports events. He will truly be missed.

Lynn & john garlough - Feb 15, 2015

We were so sorry to hear of your loss, Scott, Kim, and family. Solon was “Mr. Willard” in his always positive support of our schools and community. He will be sorely missed.

Ned and Cheri Peddicord - Feb 15, 2015

Bonnie, Kim, Scott and Family. We are so sorry for your loss. Solon always had such an uplifting personality. He put up a great fight, but now, he is at peace. Praying for your family.

Rick and Trish Tarr and Justin - Feb 15, 2015

Kim, Mike and sorry for your loss.

Pat A Myers - Feb 15, 2015

You are all in my prayers. Solon was
a great man and will be missed by all.
Pat Myers

william McDaiel - Feb 15, 2015

I remember Solon as one of the good guys. I’ve known Solon over the years at RRD, Softball, and various other activities. I’ve never seen him mad or upset in any way. He was a good man and will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers go to Solon and all of his Family.

Duane and Connie Henry - Feb 15, 2015

I remember when Solon joined my grade school class when he moved to Willard from Detroit about 1944. WE have been close friends ever since. He has always been a true friend of mine and I am deeply moved by his passing. I have always been in appreciation when he and Jetty drove all the way to Rhode Island for our Wedding and made it round trip on just a two day weekend. He was so dedicated to Willard Sports teams, as a fireman/Rescue Squad member and City Councilman. He also suffered so many physical problems. May he rest in peace.

Liz (Spurlock) Stewart - Feb 15, 2015

To Solon’s Family, I was privileged to work with Solon @ R. R. Donnelley’s at which time I often felt his joy, as well as his love for people. He was always so bubbly and his countenance radiated the atmosphere. I am sure he will be greatly missed by all here, but he is in his heavenly home today! God be with you all. Sincerely, Liz

Butch & Peg Bogner - Feb 15, 2015

Scott and family, Sorry to hear about Solon’s
passing..he was a good friend of ours for many
years. Always so nice and jovial with folks.
O ur Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Jim and Margaret Payne - Feb 15, 2015

Kim, Scott and family We were sorry to hear of Solon’s passing. We worked many years together. He was easy to be a friend . I know that he will be missed by everyone that knew him. Our prayers are with you at this time.

Sister Diane Hay - Feb 15, 2015

I extend my deepest sympathy to Solon’s family. I have been blessed by his presence and his love of life. He will be sorely missed. My love and prayers…

Tania G. Weaver-Gomes - Feb 15, 2015

Kim, Scott and family,
So sorry to hear about Solon’s passing. He was such a wonderful and positive man, he will be miss by many. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this most difficult time.

Darlene and Newman King - Feb 15, 2015

Kim, Scott and the rest of the family, we are deeply sorry to hear of Solon’s passing. He was such a special, sweet man. He is at rest now and with Jedi. He will be missed by so many people. He always stopped to have a conversation with whoever. I always loved working squad with Solon,he was such a caring person. I learned a lot from him. RIP my friend.

Karen Bedingfield - Feb 15, 2015

Kim and family
Sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad. He was a very popular guy. He will be missed by many but surely not forgotten. Hugs and prayers. Thinking of you at this difficult time.

Laura Dye - Feb 15, 2015

Alex, Jamie, Kim and Mike, so sorry for your loss. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Yvonne (Hegedusic) Schneble - Feb 14, 2015

The world has become a much sadder place now that Solon is not in it! I worked with him at Donnelley’s years ago. He was such a joy to be around! He will be greatly missed! You have my deepest sympathy for your loss!

Jim & Jackie Ratliff - Feb 14, 2015

Kim, Scott and Family, We are so sorry to here of your loss. Solon was a wonderful man who will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad time.

Scott and Karen Martin and Family - Feb 14, 2015

Kim and family so sorry for your loss. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Mike and Melodie Adelman - Feb 14, 2015

Dear family of Solon,
So sorry to hear about Solon passing. I just saw him last week when I was waiting for my dad at the dialysis center. I felt bad seeing him so under the weather. He was always so nice to me.
I am sure that God wrapped his arms around Solon and took him home where he can rest in peace. Prayers to you all.

Pastor Doc & Sheila Burrows - Feb 14, 2015

We continue to pray for you and your family during this difficult time. In God’s Love,