Arthur Nelvin Solheim was born October 2, 1917 in Camrose, Alberta to Pastor Andrew Solheim and Mina Lyseng Solheim, the second of seven children. During his early years the family lived in various places in western Canada as well as a short time in Red Wing, Minnesota. After high school Art attended the University of Saskatchewan where he earned a B.A. and then completed his teacher certification at normal school in Camrose, AB. He returned to Saskatoon where he earned his Bachelor of Divinity at the Lutheran Theological Seminary. While in Saskatoon, he met Elora Berg at their church young adults group. They married on September 10, 1946 at Elora’s home church near Penzance, Saskatchewan.
Art’s first call as an ordained Lutheran pastor was to Crooked River, SK. After the birth of their oldest son David they moved to Lake Alma, SK where Art served a nine point parish. Three more children, Joyce, Brian, and Ruth were born during the six years they lived there. In 1954 the young family moved to Outlook, SK where Art became the Dean of Boys and Business Manager at Lutheran Collegiate Bible Institute (LCBI), and where he later took on the roles of history teacher and Bible school teacher. While living in a three bedroom apartment in the boy’s dorm, four more children, Lorraine, Larry, Alan, and Carol were born. In 1963 the family of 10 moved to a three story house close to the school, a charming home which became a place of much love, security and activity for children and grandchildren over the next 46 years. Art continued at LCBI until his retirement in 1982. He served in numerous leadership roles at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Outlook, sang in the choir, did supply preaching and led Bible studies, one of which covered the Bible verse by verse and met together for over 43 years!
Art had a sense of the ridiculous and the sublime and would often share deadpan ironic observances of his own or other’s behavior. He was above all dedicated to His Lord, his wife and his family. Whether preaching, teaching, crafting scores of beautiful furniture pieces for children and grandchildren, or assisting his family with countless repair projects, he sought to live his life as a faithful response to the gift of salvation and new life he had received in Christ his Saviour.
He was predeceased by his siblings: Merlin, Otto, Harold, James, Mildred (Trygve) and Ardith (Carl) and brothers-in-law Perley (Belle) and Orville.
He is survived by Elora, his loving wife of 68 years, and their children: Dave (Sharon), Joyce (Paul), Brian (Wendy), Ruth, Lorraine (Cliff), Larry (Nancy), Alan (Kathy), and Carol (Roger) and
Grandchildren: Jeff (Cory), Krista, Tara, Erik, Andrea (Scott), Carla, Robin (Jace), Joel, Deirdre (Chris), Alison (Tarmo), Karla (Kevin), Peter (Katherine), Bethany (Josh), Amy (John), Matthew (Ashlie), Andrew, Kaele, Erin (Gideon), Rachel (Matt), and Michael and
Great grandchildren: Isaac, Evan, Rowan, Quenton, Olivia, Wyatt, Lucas, Matti, Paige, Chloe, Markus, Elora, Emmet, Linnea, Isabelle, Emma, Elliot, Levi, Maeve, Leif, and Charlie and
Sister-in-law Harriet and numerous nieces and nephews