Richard “Rick” Sohler

Rick Sohler, age 70 of Prior Lake, passed away at his home on Monday, July 25, 2016. Rick spent his working years as a teacher and guidance counselor for Prior Lake High School and Middle School. He retired after more than 30 years of service. A visitation will be held in his memory on Friday, July 29, 2016 from 3:00-6:00PM with a brief time of sharing to follow, all at Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home, Prior Lake. Rick is survived by his loving wife, Wynn Sohler; children, Jeff (Pauline) Sohler, and Katie (Shannon) Sohler; grandchildren, Abby, Ella, and Ethan Sohler; siblings, Gene (Mary) Sohler, Kris (Jack) Pfeffer, and Dan (Lois) Sohler. Rick is preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Margaret (Riederer) Sohler.


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  1. We are so sorry for your loss and are praying for strength and comfort at this sad time.

  2. I am so saddened by Rick’s passing. He was a great counselor and wonderful person. I taught in the same district and he lived nearby. I would see him walking his 10 miles a day in our neighborhood. He always had a friendly word–what a great loss.

  3. Kathleen Graw-Prohaski

    I am shocked by this news! My condolences and if Wynn needs anything I am right next door and home all day. Please stop by and I can give you my contact info. I’d be happy to help with yard work or anything she needs Rick was a great man

  4. Our prayers and heartfelt condolences go out to Wynn, Jeff, Katie and family. Rick was a great person and we are shocked to hear of the news. You are in our hearts and prayers.

  5. jennifer tandberg

    I’m so very sorry to hear about of Rick’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

  6. Rick was a good friend and fellow educator. As a weekly breakfast buddy for many years I could count on Rick for helpful advice with any woodworking question I may ask him. Others could count on Mr. Sohler too. He provided “life plan” guidance to innumerable students of Prior Lake /Savage Senior High. This kind and generous man will be dearly missed.

  7. Dean C. Davis: Retired ISD 719 staff member

    My deepest sympathies to Rick’s family and friends. Tucking Rick into our hearts and collective memories will keep his spirit and love close to all of us. Remember often, cry if you must, and smile as his legacy is shared with each other.
    Rick was a robust contributer during our weekly “Old Teacher’s Breakfast Group!”This weekly meeting of the minds, with Rick at the table’s head seat, was always a great time to catch up on the news from Prior Lake-Savage as well as other important topical issues of the week. Rick’s keen sense of intellect, humor, razor sharp wit and constant positive attitude kept us all on our toes. Few past or current political antics escaped his “critical analysis and insightful review!” He always reveled when poking fun at the conservative pundits and their loyal followers. We will miss his weekly take, humour, and zingers concerning the 2016 presidential race.
    Thank you for your years of service in the military. Your talents shared and time dedicated to the students, staff, and parents in ISD#719 will always be appreciated, valued and respected. Salute to you!

  8. Kristen Thoresen

    Jeff and Family – I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad and loved one. Please accept my deepest sympathy. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. My sympathies to the Sohler family. He was a great asset to the District 719 family. I enjoyed his sense of humor and his approach to students and faculty alike. He was always willing to share his time. He was a gentle man.

  10. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Working with Mr. Sohler was a treat. He was a wise and caring person who offered help and assistance to many who needed extra care. He was a friend and shared a bond of Lake Crystal. I can’t help but have a smile every time I think of him. Just a couple of weeks ago were in Lake Crystal and drove past his old home. Rest in peace! You will be missed!

  11. Katie,
    I am truly sorry to hear about the passing oof your father. Deepest sympathy from the Gilchrist’s.


  12. Mari Wise Sorgatz

    To the Sohler family: I was very saddened to hear the news of Mr. Sohlers passing! He was such a great counselor and patient behind the wheel instructor. Whenever people talk about their first experiences of the first time driving, I relive the time Mr. Sohler took me to where the Machaceks used to live. He asked me which side of the road I would like to drive on, because we aren’t in London. I’m sorry for your loss!!

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