Juan A. "Tiny" Soliz

April 27, 1949 ~ May 23, 2019 (age 70)

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Juan A. "Tiny" Soliz, age 70 of Defiance, passed away on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at his home, surrounded by his family.   
He was born on April 27, 1949 to Rosendo and Estela (Jimenez) Soliz in Defiance, Ohio. He married Marlene (Bond) Soliz, who resides in Defiance. Juan proudly served our country in the U.S. Marines during the Vietnam War, in combat for 13 months. 

Juan was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church. He worked as a Lab Tech at General Motors for 34 years until his retirement on June 1, 2006. He was a member of Defiance and Napoleon Moose clubs, Defiance Eagles #372, Defiance VFW #3360,  and the Combat Vets Motorcycle Association. He was a Charter Member of the Defiance Chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America and Marine Corp. League, Defiance County Purple Hearts Association, and AmVets #1991. Juan proudly received the 2018 Ohio Latino Military Service of Distinction Award. Juan will be greatly missed by his family and many good friends.
Juan is survived by his loving wife, Marlene Soliz of Defiance, two sons, Joshua (Monica) Soliz of Las Vegas, NV, and Benjamin Soliz of Parumph, NV, two daughters, Michele Soliz of Sylvania, and Angela (Steve Smith) Soliz of Chicago, 6 grandchildren, 1 great-granddaughter, and his sister, Mary (David) Flores of Defiance. He was preceded in death by his parents. 
Visitation will be held from 2-8 pm on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance, with a Rosary Service at 2:00 pm.  A Mass to celebrate Juan's life will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, May 31, 2019 at St. Mary Catholic Church, with Fr. Randy Giesige officiating. Burial will follow the service at Riverside Cemetery, with military graveside rites accorded by VFW #3360.
Memorials are suggested to St. Mary Catholic Church, American Cancer Society, or Combat Veterans of America. Online condolences can be given at

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May 30, 2019

2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Schaffer Funeral Home
529 Jefferson Ave
Defiance, Ohio 43512

Mass of Christian Burial
May 31, 2019

11:00 AM
St. Mary Catholic Church
715 Jefferson Ave.
Defiance, Ohio 43512

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