Solomon John Vanbrunt

April 6, 1992 - May 19, 2018
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Solomon John Vanbrunt, 26, of Mohnton, Pennsylvania, transitioned from this life on May 19, 2018 at his mother’s home, where he was deeply loved and supported.  All who knew Solomon will remember his warmth, his kindness, his infectious chuckle and his compassionate nature – and that he was extra sensitive to the feelings and pain of others, particularly those in greatest need. He gained the nickname “Solly-lama” from his high school friends because of his gentle, playful spirit. It was not unusual for him to spend his paycheck on groceries for someone in need or stop on the street to offer comfort to an addict he saw in pain.  Solomon was passionate about the outdoors – landscaping, pickup trucks, dogs and country music. He loved sunrises and sending us pics of those frequently. But more than anything, Sol loved people – he was always quick to help others, and he loved making us laugh.  Alongside his deep compassion, Sol struggled with loneliness and depression, and that was where heroin found his weakness. He was relentless in his effort to never give up this battle, and we are heartbroken that it robbed him of the full long life that he dreamed of living. It’s both sad and comforting that Sol had reached a good place in his life before it tragically ended. He loved the landscaping work that he did outdoors, he had recently renewed meaningful friendships and family relationships, and he was in love.  Born in Frystown, Lebanon County, PA, to Jodie (Engle) Kane, of Cumru Township and Bruce W. Vanbrunt, Sr., of Lebanon. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his son – Benjamin Sweigart, Harrisburg, his siblings – Zachari Engle and his wife Laura, Lebanon, Lawrence Vanbrunt and his wife Sommer, Lebanon, Bruce W. Vanbrunt, Jr., Palmyra and Christina Vanbrunt, Lebanon, his maternal grandmother – Rebecca Curry, Hershey, his aunts and uncles – John Engle and his wife Merline, FL, Jayne Engle, Montreal, Canada, Jesse Engle and his wife Leigh Ann, CA, Justin Engle, Hershey, Clinton (Mickey) Vanbrunt and his wife Francis, Lebanon, Yvonne (Vanbrunt) Tonini and her husband Gene, Lebanon, Thomas Vanbrunt and his wife Linda, Lebanon, Deborah Light, Lebanon, Michael Light and his wife Becky, Lebanon – many loving nieces, nephews and cousins, the “Love of his life”, Kate Delany, Pottstown and many who have been like family to him through his journey on this earth.  Please join in celebrating Sol’s life on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 11:00 AM in the picnic grove at St. John’s (Hain’s) Church, 591 N. Church Rd., Wernersville, PA, 19565. Rather than flowers, the family would appreciate contributions to Haiti Partners, P.O. Box 2865, Vero Beach, FL 32961. (  We are so grateful that Solomon touched our lives. He and his generous and loving spirit forever change us. In those dark hours, we will hear his gentle whisper “It’s gonna be ok, it will be ok.”  We invite you to share thoughts and stories here:


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Date: Saturday, May 26, 2018

Time: 11:00 am

St. John's (Hain's) Church Picnic Grove


591 N. Church Road
Wernersville, PA 19565

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P.O. Box 2865
Vero Beach, FL 32961
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Born: April 6, 1992
Died: May 19, 2018

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Fred posted on 7/8/18

Right now, when your loss is so fresh, it may be difficult for you to imagine that this pain will ever go away. But in time the blessing of God's unfailing love will soften the hurt you're feeling and bring your heart the peace, comfort and hope that it needs to heal. How? Revelation 21:4 tells us that soon everything that causes us pain, including death, will be gone forever. We also have the hope of our loved ones being resurrected here on earth, as Acts 24:15 tells us. I do hope you find comfort in this. Though I do not know your loved one, I am touched by your loss. My heartfelt condolences.


Venkat Vedicharala posted on 5/30/18

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Venkat Vedicharala posted on 5/30/18

Dear Jodi, I am so sad hearing your loss. My sincere condolences.


Teresa Hannold posted on 5/27/18

I am so saddened by your loss. I didn’t know Solomon very long nor was he at his best when I did but I prayed for him often. Rest In Peace Solomon 🙏🏼


Sally & Frank Orlando posted on 5/26/18

Our deepest sicere condolences for this young man who was a friend of mine & for his family in this dark time.Rest for solomon I pray.Frank & Sally orlando


Karthikeyan Ayyavoo posted on 5/25/18

Dear Jodie It was shocking and saddened to hear of your sudden loss of your beloved son Solomon. Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May God give you the comfort and peace that you seek and may the soul of your loved one rest in peace. Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your loved one.


Doug Gibble posted on 5/24/18

I never had the pleasure of meeting Sol ... but he still managed to have a profound impact on my life. He literally saved my son's life ... and for that, I am eternally grateful. May your sole rest in peace.


Bonnie Rice posted on 5/24/18

Dear, dear Jodie, and all of Solomon’s extended family. My heart is broken open for you. Solomon is a name that invokes wisdom. Reading your inspiring and loving tribute to your dear son let’s us know if his wisdom in so many ways. He was wise in the ways of compassion. The quotes from Gibran ring true for Solomon. Tagore is a philosopher whose quote can speak to you as well as you and your family continue to share his life with each other and others A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in vour hearts and minds; through us they live on.


Dawn Reed posted on 5/24/18

Jodie, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your beautiful son. May the sharing of Solomon’s story carry forward his quest to help others struggling with this terrible disease and may the memories of the loving man he was, carry you through this difficult time. “It’s gonna be ok, it will be ok”


Sandeep Soma posted on 5/24/18

Rest in Peace Solomon


James Gibble posted on 5/24/18

Its really rare that I can't find the words that describe the type of person that Solomon was. They just don't do him justice. I loved the man like a brother. The pain that I am feeling from loosing him is like none that I've ever felt before. Two years ago Solomon saved my life and for that I owe him mine. I'm going to miss you so bad buddy. I don't know what I'm gonna do without ya. I promise you I am going to do everything in my power to stay clean and help other addicts do the same. May your sole rest in peace my friend. I will remember you for the rest of my life. You have made an impact that no other person has.


Brian P Parkhill posted on 5/24/18

Solomon Vanbrunt, I am going to miss those early morning calls & questions about life or the time you offered to pick me up at Easter in NJ. Love you always little brother. RIP


Angela posted on 5/24/18

May our Lord bless and comfort your family during this time of grief. Please accept my sincere condolences.