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“To Megan, Stracke's & Sothman's: So sorry to hear about your loss. I had just gotten an update from Sara when we had family/senior pictures taken a...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Mike & Beth Dickson & family

“Levi, us at the First Baptist Church in Creston, IA had prayed for you for the last several weeks since Awana started. Instead the lord decided to...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Alan Smith

“We just want you all to know we are thinking of you and all our prayers are with you. You are such a wonderful family. Stay strong, rejoice in your...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Karen Lawler and the staff of CPCU

“Although I did not know Levi, I was deeply moved by his Celebration Of Life in the Atlantic News Telegraph. What a blessing this young man must have...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Lori Murphy

“Strackes,Thompson's,and Sothman's So sorry to hear of your loss. We will remember all of you in our prayers.God Bless. ”
5 of 12 | Posted by: Brian, Jean (Blum)Fletcher

“Sorry to hear of your loss...things don't always seem to be fair but we trust the Lord and his plans. Prayers our with your family and try to keep...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Brian Sothman

“I was truly sadden by the news of Levi's passing. With the power of prayer and time you will be able to move on! May God bless you all and give you...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Kris Sothman

“To Megan, the Strackes, & Sothmans, You are constantly in my thoughts and prayers. May God give you the love and peace to heal when you are ready...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Katie Ranniger

“Dear Kevin, Kathy, Meghan and Family's. I just want you all to know that you are in my prayers! I know that this is a very hard time for all of you,...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Sarah Henry

“Meghan, and your family, and Levi's family. You are all in our thoughts a prayers during this difficult time. May God's love heal your sorrow, and...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: David and Adrienne Collins family

“Megan, Strackes and Sothmans - Our deepest sympathy to all of you. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May you hold all your memories close to...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Glen and Chris Macumber

“Kevin and Kathy and family, I am so sorry to hear of Levi's passing. I pray the Holy spirit will give you comfort and strength in this time. We...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Terry Madison


Levi H. Sothman, 23, of Pella, formerly of Creston, entered the gates of heaven Saturday, September 22, 2007 at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, 2007 at the First Baptist Church in Creston. Burial will be at the Atlantic Cemetery in Atlantic. Open visitation will be open from 2-8:30 p.m. Wed., with family receiving friends from 5-8:30 p.m. Wed. at the Powers Funeral Home 601 New York Ave. Creston. Memorials are to be established in his name. Online condolences may be left under the obituary category of www.powersfh.com.

Levi Hans Sothman, son of Kathleen Renee (Lautt) Sothman and Kevin Clair Sothman was born February 15, 1984 in Des Moines, IA. Levi attended school in Corning, Creston, Orient, home school, Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny and Wyo-Tech in Laramie, Wyo. He graduated from high school in 2002, and from Wyo-Tech in 2005. He worked at Fareway during high school and at Jacobsen's during college. After graduation from college, Levi worked at Vermeer Mfg. in Pella, IA.

On August 13, 2005, Levi was joined in marriage with the love of his life, Megan L. Stracke in Manning, IA. Megan proved to be a precious soul sent to Levi from our Heavenly Father. She carried him through his illness. They lived in Pella, IA.

Levi spent many years of his life in hospitals. When he was younger, it was to stretch his leg and correct his hip. He also spent time in the hospital with Kawasaki's Disease. In December of 2004, Levi was diagnosed with heart failure. Doctors and nurses always enjoyed having Levi as a patient. Although they saw him during his most difficult times, they saw something special in the young man they were treating. That something special was his knowledge that all he endured on this earth was only temporary. Having personally asked Jesus Christ to be his Lord and Savior, Levi knew he would one day receive a perfect body and live eternally in heaven. Levi was at peace when he left for heaven to be given his new body that does not need surgeries and medicine.

Those closest to Levi are honored to be part of his life. Everyone who knew him, knew he was an honest, caring, dedicated young man. Though his journey was short, he touched many lives. He has encouraged many people across the United States as he battled heart failure. Though his heart was failing, it was a heart of gold. The last two years, Levi spent countless hours creating precious memories for those nearest to him. Levi was a member of the Berean Baptist Church in Pella. He always enjoyed hunting with friends, fixing cars, traveling, playing with his little sisters and just being around and visiting with his family.

Levi is survived by his wife of two years, Megan Sothman of Pella; his parents, Kevin and Kathy Sothman of Griswold, IA; one brother, Brian Sothman of Ankeny; five sisters, his twin sister, Sarah (husband Adam) Bartlett of Otho, IA, Vanessa Sothman of Ankeny, and Stacia, Kaitlen and Allyssa Sothman, all of Griswold; two nephews, Benjamin and Josiah Bartlett of Otho; mother and father-in-law, Phil and Sara Stracke of Manilla, IA; three sisters-in-law, Emily Stracke of Pella, Alissa and Janae Stracke, both of Manilla, IA; two brothers-in-law, Reid and Grant Stracke of Manilla, IA; grandparents, Jean Sothman of Creston, Clarence and Zona Lautt of Winterset, Bernard and Barb Stracke of Manilla and Betty Thomson of Manilla; many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Levi was met in heaven by his grandpa, Clair Sothman. "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." Isaiah 40: 31