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Joel Soderholm III, 61

Joel “Joe” Soderholm III, age 61, of Maple Plain, passed away peacefully at his home Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, following a courageous two-year battle with kidney cancer.

Joe was a fun-loving guy who was larger than life, and always had a story to tell with a twinkle in his eye. He seemed to know everyone around town, and had a smile, a chuckle, and a nickname for everybody.

Joe grew up in Hopkins and moved to Maple Plain in the mid ‘70s. He attended the University of Minnesota, where he was a member of the Army ROTC.

Joe enjoyed living and working on his farm, having horses, and being a member of the Twin City Polo Club. He was always a driven and determined deal-maker.

For most of his life, he was a business owner and entrepreneur. He was an active member of the Minnesota state and national auctioneer’s associations.

He was the founder of the Soderholm Commission Company, and the president of K-BID Online Auctions.

Joe was preceded in death by his father, Joel Soderholm II; and a brother, Scott Soderholm.

He is survived by his mother, Lucille Soderholm; daughter and son-in-law, Carrie and Ray Caruso; granddaughter Taylor Paige Caruso; brother and sister-in-law, Tom and Debbie Soderholm; niece Mandi Soderholm; and Jenna (Gardner) Nepper, who was like a daughter to him.

A funeral service took place Monday Sept. 19, at 11 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Maple Plain, with private family interment at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Hanover.

Visitation was Sunday, Sept. 18, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the church, and continued Monday for one hour prior to the service.

Memorials may be directed to Fairview Foundation/Southdale Medical Oncology Fund, or Freedom Farm Therapeutic Riding Center.

Arrangements were by the David Lee Funeral Home in Wayzata; www.davidleefuneralhome.com.