He was born on March 6, 1954 into a Hutterite Colony (Miller Dale) in Miller, South Dakota to his parents, Annie Wollman and John Waldner.
After leaving the Hutterite Colony in 1977, at the age 24 he shortly thereafter met Martha (Marty) Grimm and moved to Washington State, where he was employed by Ron Rawson a Yacht manufacturer. On November 7, 1981 Solomon and Martha married in Juaninta, WA, where they resided for several years having two daughters Sarah M. Wallman (Lootens) in 1982 and Leona R. Wallman (Buckley) in 1983. After leaving employment at Ron Rawsons, Solomon was employed at Nordic Tug another Luxury Yacht manufacture which then moved the family to Burlington, WA, in 1989. The Skagit Valley became home and Solomon and Marty bought a home in 1996 where they have continued to live.
Solomon and Marty built a wonderful life for their family in this home, this home is where Solomon and Marty shared so many interests, Dads in wood working out in his shop and Marty with the playing in the dirt and making sure their yard was full of gorgeous blooming plants. (That Dad may have had a love hate relationship with.) But would always comment on how beautiful their yard always looked. They both took pride in what they were able to accomplish together. Solomon also had another hobby other than the talent of wood working and that was his collecting of John Deere tractors and collectibles. He even had his own John Deere Christmas tree.
He started employment at Janicki Industries in 2009. He always loved to work and had so much pride in whatever he was doing, which was passed onto his daughters. Solomon made some of the best of friends over the years and enjoyed playing pranks on them, Solomon had a great sense of humor and walked around with a mischievous smirk on his face like he was up to no good. I know that will be sorely missed by many.
After Solomon’s retirement in March 2019, he and Marty had talked about traveling between daughters homes. Sarah still residing in Skagit Valley and Leona residing in Casper, WY, but Solomon passed way too soon. Solomon is survived by his Wife of 38 years (42 together); his daughter and son-in-law and future grand baby due December 2019, Sarah and Caylon Lootens of Mount Vernon; his youngest daughter and son-in-law, Leona and Jerry Buckley of Casper, WY; his mother, Annie Wollman and many brothers and sisters, Ike Waldner, Dorothy Waldner, John Waldner, Susie Stahl, Cindy Hofer, Albert Waldner, Rosie Hofer, Paul Waldner, Annie Waldner, Liz Gross, Thomas Waldner, Becky Waldner, and Jimmy Waldner. He is also is survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
He preceded in death by his father, John (Slim) Waldner; his mother-in-law and father-in-law Carol and Richard Grimm; and three of his brothers, Arnie Waldner, Herold Waldner and William (Willy) Waldner; and many aunts and uncles; and friends.
Solomon wasn’t a formal man nor did he like to attend funeral services so the decision was made to have a ‘Celebration of Life’ to celebrate and share stories and great memories of this man who was a wonderful husband, father, friend, and uncle. Join us on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 1:00PM at Maiben Park in Burlington, WA (900 E Fairhaven Ave)