Robert "Bob" Soikkeli
  • 65 years old
  • Date of birth: May 27, 1949
  • Place of birth:
    Van Nuys, California, United States
  • Date of passing: Oct 9, 2014
  • Place of passing:
    Chandler, Arizona, United States
Beloved husband, son, dad, grandpa, brother and friend. He will be greatly missed.

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Bob Soikkeli, 65, born on May 27, 1949 and passed away on October 9, 2014. We will remember him forever.

The Funeral Mass was on October 23, 2014 at St. Germaine's Catholic Church, 7997 East Dana Drive, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314.

Bob was interred at Heritage Memorial Park, 12000 E.Heritage Memorial Ln, Dewey, AZ 86327. 

As an expression of sympathy memorial contributions may be sent to

There was a memorial mass for Bob on November 17, 2014 at 7:00 pm at Santa Clara de Asis Catholic Church, 22005 Avenida de la Paz, Yorba LindaCA 92887.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Jody Brillhart on 27th May 2016

"To my brother who loved and loved and lioved his sister I never realized how special you were until it was to  late but I will do better because  of you never giving  up on me and unconditional love thank you forever the best brother in the world your sister jody"

This tribute was added by Earl Boggler on 13th October 2015

"Hello Miriam. My wife's Uncle Harry was, without warning, transferred by ambulance to ER, then to ICU on July 25th.  Sue's Aunt Marilyn called Sue and indicated she needed Sue near her immediately. Sue and I caught the red-eye to GA and arrived at Uncle's bedside early morning.  He never moved, spoke, or opened his eyes. He died on July 27th. Sue stayed by Aunt Marilyn's side supporting her throughout the  arrangements at the Church, Funeral Home, Police Support, and Cemetery. Shortly afterward, about two weeks had passed, Sue was forced to return to work at YRMC. She left me to help Aunt Marilyn manage Probate, Letter Testamentary, Uncle Harry's Qualified and Non-qualified Pensions, Life Insurance and Investment Plans, etc. Unfortunately, everything appeared complex and often was. Aunt Marilyn and I made a rather good team and I returned to AZ Oct 1st. Everyday, many, many times I thought of you and Dcn Soikkeli and Chris and Dcn Bob and how you shouldered such a staggering loss! And, no matter how much effort you put into putting your best foot forward, even at the end of a day of terrific accomplishments, you still felt an overwhelming sadness--loss. I certainly pray that you are getting along well! And I pray that Dcn Bob RIP! Love, Earl"

This tribute was added by Mary Lee on 9th October 2015

"Love and prayers for comfort and peace, Miriam and family.  Keep singing with the Angels, Bob."

This tribute was added by Sue Boggler on 9th October 2015

"Deacon Bob is buried just above my daughter Melissa and each time I visit with my daughter, I stop by Deacon Bob's graveside to say hello. I can't believe it's already been a year. Such a loss to our parish and our community. But God must have had other work waiting for him. May God grant those of us mourning him peace."

This tribute was added by Mary Olson on 9th October 2015

Has it been a year already? But at the same time it's been such a long year! Within that time two of my most favorite people have passed.  I say hello to Bob often and smile when I come across his name in my contacts or see your posts on Facebook.  I think of you often and miss being able to see you in person.  
With love,
Kimberly Olson"

This tribute was added by Mary Olson on 27th May 2015

"To my friend and Spiritual Counselor,
You and Miriam made such an impact on my life... I miss you Deacon Bob and think of you often, and Miriam, you too and I'm so glad we can stay in touch on FB often. Please do call on us whenever you come to OC. Watch over us Deacon Bob... until we meet again.
Buzz and Kimberly and Sarah"

This tribute was added by Steve Tetreault on 27th May 2015

"Dear Miriam,
I hope you have a wonderful day reflecting on All you shared with Bob, the true blessing he has been for you and know that he is with our Lord Jesus Christ looking at you and continuing to take care of you! Love, Steve"

This tribute was added by Joe Brillhart on 11th November 2014

"To my beloved Uncle,

  I wish that god shines down on you. You where the greatest man I know. I will remember you forever. I remember a day that we walked together and the comment was made "cut from the same cloth". If I could ever live up to that remark it would be short of amazing. You by far are the most generous and thoughtful man I have ever had the pleasure to know. You are a truly an amazing human being. Words can not explain the love in this world for you.
   I do not morn like most. I remember my first bike without training wheels came from you. It was a wonderful Batman Bike , You gave me a deal of the century on my fist real truck, that I went on my first real date in, The Rusty Rabbit with its faded horrible blue paint. You towed it to Nevada so that your trusted welder Nephew could fix it. The tools that you gave me on you last visit. They will always have a place in my shop. Its not the possessions that you gave me that is important. It is the memories. Your memories are endless and full with your love. This world has felt the love and generosity of my uncle.
   My Mom gave me a jacket, that once was yours and I could feel you. I know you are looking down on us. This world will miss Robert Soikkeli, the Father, the Grandpa, the Brother, the Uncle, and by far
the best man and friend anyone could ever have.

  Someday we will meet again with open arms, laughter, and celebration!
Love You,
Your Nephew Joe Brillhart"

This tribute was added by Jody Brillhart on 23rd October 2014

"My brother lived life fearlessly. He did not wait for things to happen - he made things happen. If the bus was moving, he was in it. He left me with a multitude of memories. He was always my safe harbor and anchor in many storms - always keeping a watchful eye on little sister. He was full of love, compassion, and kindness towards me and my family. My time with Robert was priceless. I had one brother, no sister, but he surpassed them all. I rest in knowing that goodness and mercy follow Robert. He will dwell in the house of the Lord forever and he lived life beautifully. Forever in my heart, Jody."

This tribute was added by Debi Tiberi on 23rd October 2014

"It was an honor to be in formation with Bob.  His keen insight and brilliant mind were matched by his huge heart and love for God.  He will be deeply missed by his "Companions on the Journey".  

Miriam, we love you and you are in our prayers and hearts."

This tribute was added by Carol Ward on 19th October 2014

"Deacon Bob we were so blessed to have you as our deacon at SCDA.  We always enjoyed your sermons.  Thank you for your spiritual guidance and advise.   Miriam and family please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Scott and Carol Ward"

This tribute was added by Mary Olson on 18th October 2014

"Deacon Bob, I was honored to have gotten to know you when you joined SCDA and also preparing for your reception. You were "my" Deacon. You were the only spiritual adviser for me and you helped me so much in my spiritual growth. You meant so much to both of us. You will always be in my heart. We love you both! Buzz & Kimberly"

This tribute was added by Terry Saenz on 17th October 2014

"I knew Bob when he was a choir member in the St. Angela Merici Singers group in Brea, CA.  He was a wonderful member of the group with a terrific sense of humor.  I witnessed his ordination, too, which was very moving. Bob was a funny, kind, gracious man who brought joy to everyone who knew him."

This tribute was added by Peter McGarahan on 16th October 2014

"A wonderful Spiritual Leader, Father, Husband, Friend and Role Model for all Men of Faith. I am honored to have known and worked with Deacon Bob and consider myself blessed to have been in his circle of friends. We will miss you greatly! Love, Prayers and Heart-Filled Thoughts to Miriam and Family."

This tribute was added by Jack Swaving on 15th October 2014

"Dear Deacon Bob and Miriam, I would like to thank Miriam for sharing her loving and caring husband with all of us. Deacon Bob was my mentor in so many ways.He was a busy man but always had time for me and sure for all of you. If nothing else if we can try to follow his foot steps in just a fraction we will all be better people. I pray for Miriam and Family and know Deacon Bob is praying for us as I leave this Tribute.Deacon Bob you will in our hearts for ever."

This tribute was added by Sue Boggler on 14th October 2014

"Miriam, I am so sorry for your loss but I have a sense that Bob is with our Lord and will watch over all of you. He was a kind and gentle man of God. Be comforted by Christ's love."

This tribute was added by Earl Boggler on 14th October 2014

"We were so blessed when Deacon Bob transferred from Knights of Columbus, Council 13311, Yorba Linda, CA to us here at Council 8386. We were looking forward to a long and blessed relationship, but God must have needed him on a much higher Council. God bless Deacon Bob and his family. Miriam, if you need a Knight, please call anytime!"

This tribute was added by Steve Tetreault on 14th October 2014

"Deacon Bob was a mentor to me. He was a great man of Christ and gave me me great advice. He was a friend and I treasure the times we had ministering together. When the youth of Santa Clara ever needed anything, he always said yes and was there for me and them."

This tribute was added by Eloise De Santos on 14th October 2014

"One of my fondest memories of dear Deacon Bob was his love for children!! I asked Deacon Bob if he would star in our Christmas Program musical for St. Francis of Assisi and he did not hesitate one second and immediately said. "YES"!! He was terrific and had all his lines down pat and the students and audience loved him. I will miss him, his heart and kind soul. May the Angels lead you to Paradise.... love and prayers to his family.
With Love and Blessings,
Eloise De Santos & Family - Jerry, Ava & JohnPaul

P.S. Deacon Bob also gave a beautiful Baptism to our son JohnPaul"

This tribute was added by Paul Barko on 14th October 2014

"The proof of a man's worth is that he touches the lives of others and makes a lasting impression for the good. By that standard Dcn. Bob was a man of great worth, especially in the eyes of God. In the short time I knew him he touched my life and made me a better person: more dedicated and directed toward doing God's Will!!! Thank you Bob & God Bless."

This tribute was added by Mary Lee on 13th October 2014

"Bob was such a wonderful person and will be mourned by many, even as we celebrate and give thanks for his life.  May God send peace and comfort to his family."

This tribute was added by Vivienne Minor on 13th October 2014

"I didn't know him personally but always  enjoyed everyone of his Homily's.  He seemed like a very happy happy man and very much a very happily married family man.   He will be greatly missed."

This tribute was added by Father Michael Hanifin on 13th October 2014

"Deacon Bob was a wonderful coworker in ministry at Santa Clara de Asis Catholic Church in Yorba Linda.  I cherished his friendship and his counsel.  He will be greatly missed by his family and those who called Deacon Bob their friend."

This tribute was added by Robert Palmer on 13th October 2014

"Deacon Bob was my brother deacon at St. Germaine's in Prescott Valley.  I love him like my own brothers.  His compassion and love will be missed by all.  Deacon Bob Palmer"

This tribute was added by Mavi Keane on 13th October 2014

"Thanks to Bob, one of my students received the help he needed. Bob graciously agreed to observe and write up a detailed report to assure this student would receive needed intervention.  His loving professionalism helped this student to succeed, and allowed me to continue having a great time teaching instead of spending excessive time on classroom discipline.  I always felt peaceful in his presence.  Miriam, I walk this road of sorrow with you, I was widowed at 28."

This tribute was added by Marcie Pomeroy on 13th October 2014

"Deacon Bob you were always a joy to work with. Always a positive upbeat attitude and you will be truly missed. Thank you for all of your advice and wisdom. Prayers for your sweet Miriam as well."

This tribute was added by Mary Chavez on 13th October 2014

"Bob and Miriam.  Miriam and Bob.  One always said it together.  Their sacrament of marriage brought them to the diaconate.  What a gift to the community of deacons and the church. Bob never stopped giving his love, gentle hugs, great laugh, and a deep love of God to all he met.  My prayers go out to you Miriam. You are deeply loved by so many.  May all our prayers bring peace to your heart and may you feel the hand of God holding yours during this time.  I love you!"

This tribute was added by Deborah Meyer on 13th October 2014

"For my wonderful brother-in-law, Robert Soikkeli,                                      
Thank you, Bob, for all you brought to our family. You were a great husband to my sister, Miriam and a terrific dad to Jen, Laura and Jon.
They are justifiably proud of the exemplary life you led. It was a joy to see you with your grandchildren. Over the years, you were always a helpful, loving presence in our family. You are, and will be missed."

This tribute was added by Geoffrey Gamboa on 13th October 2014

"Deacon Bob, you were the first and currently only deacon I truly got to know and who got to know me. You taught me and a lot of the youth and parishoners of SCDA through your examples, homilies, and the times you literally taught us which I am forever grateful for. Although I was saddened when you and Mariam left to Prescott, I am very happy that you got to spend more time with your family in your final months. Thank you so much, Deacon Bob. I will most definitely be praying for the repose of your soul and for peace and comfort of your family. We all love you!"

This tribute was added by Lonny Rodriguez on 12th October 2014

"Deacon Bob,

I will miss my gentle and compassionate friend!"

This tribute was added by Karen Crowley on 12th October 2014

"So glad I had the opportunity to get to know Deacon Bob during his time at Santa Clara - he was a wonderful man, a devout man, and I know he will be missed by many, especially Miriam!  He will be missed by us, but is now with our Father, and how wonderful is that!  God bless you Deacon Bob, and prayers for Miriam and your family."

This tribute was added by Gerrick Gamboa on 12th October 2014

"Deacon Bob,
There are many words that can really describe the man that Deacon Bob was. But, what was he to me? Simply put, he was and is an awesome man of the faith. In my first years of Santa Clara, along with Fr. Mike, they were the first real of examples of men of the cloth to me. He was personable, loving, and passionate about what he believed. Whenever I saw him, he always, ALWAYS greeted me with much love and compassionate. He pushed me to be a better catholic through example and encouragement. I definitely do not believe that I would be who I was today if it had not been through the example of Deacon Bob at Santa Clara de Asis. His formative words and constant love never ceased. At World Youth Day 2011, Madrid, Spain, we got to share some incredible moments together. On his last day of being at SCDA, I remember with much heart break that huge piece of my faith beginnings was about to leave. I remember saying to him, as I said goodbye, thank you for everything and for definitely changing my life. Although he is not here today, I know that the love that he gave will definitely hold us together. The beauty of being Catholic is believing that we have a God who is love and is physically present in the Eucharist. That no matter where we are, no matter how far apart it may seem, that same love sacredly binds us together. Deacon Bob, we miss you, and we will be praying for you and your family.

In His name,"

This tribute was added by Debbie Wyckoff on 12th October 2014

"Miriam and Family,
I am so sorry to hear about Bob. Please know that you are in my thoughts.
Debbie Wyckoff"

This tribute was added by Marta Deniger on 12th October 2014

"A wonderful friend, caring and kindhearted God Father to Jeremy! I will miss you."

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