Soltau, John Sanders

Quick-Witted And A Friend To Many

  • Monday, February 6, 2023

John Sanders “Sandy” Soltau, 63, died surrounded by his family on February 1, 2023.

Sandy was born on Oct. 6, 1959 to Addison and Roselynne Soltau in Tokyo, Japan. Sandy and his family returned to the United States in 1970. After graduating high school in Grand Rapids, he moved to Chattanooga.

Sandy was quick witted, had an artistic eye, a green thumb, an all encompassing hug and a jolly and easy laugh. Sandy was a friend to many but an anchor for Gina, his children and his grandchildren. He was affable and kind with a wealth of vocabulary and knowledge. He was a hard worker, a doer and a fixer. Through his sickness, Sandy remained strong in his faith and conviction and always stayed the course. He will be so dearly missed and always remembered best for his expressions of love and thoughtfulness.

Sandy is survived by his loving wife, Gina Soltau; their four children, Lauren (Mark) Melville, Noah (Sabrina) Soltau, Andrew Filter and Tucker Filter; his father, Addison Soltau; four grandchildren, Madison, Liam, Eloisa, and Ruby; siblings, Sue (Bob) Wright and Scott (Eve) Soltau; and a host of beloved nieces, nephews, family members, and treasured friends.

The family will hold a memorial celebration of life in the spring when the rhododendrons are blooming, Sandy's favorite time of year.

In advance of this event, family and friends are encouraged to forward their fondest memories of Sandy to ( Please include your name in your message.

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