Helmuth H. Holmgren, age 94, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Saturday, June 17, 2017, at Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton.
Funeral services will be 10:30 AM on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at First Assembly of God Church in Yankton with Pastor Jeff Mantz officiating. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton. Visitation is from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a prayer service at 7:00 PM.
Pallbearers are: Joel Holmgren, Dan Holmgren, Mike Holmgren, Gerald Undem, Tyler Undem, and Christian Undem.
Helmuth Holmgren was born January 12, 1923, southwest of Naper, Nebraska, to Henry and Hulda (Stahlecker) Holmgren. He attended country school and graduated from Naper High School in 1940. He married Ona Hiatt on June 11, 1945 in Ord, Nebraska and continued farming with his father until 1946. They moved to Spencer, Nebraska, where he ran a gas station and later worked for Swift & Co. They then moved to Butte, Nebraska, where Helmuth worked on Fort Randall Dam and later Gavins Point Dam until 1957. They moved to Yankton, South Dakota and Helmuth worked at the State Hospital, and as the custodian for the Yankton School District and the Safety Center until retiring in 1988.
Helmuth was a member of First Assembly of God Church in Yankton and enjoyed watching sports, vegetable gardening, being with his family and attending any and all church activities.
Survivors include his four children: Wesley Holmgren of Port Orchard, Washington; Myrna (Curt) Beringer of Meridian, Idaho; Rollis (Keith) Undem of Apple Valley, Minnesota; and Rollin Holmgren of Waverly, Nebraska; ten grandchildren; fifteen great grandchildren; and sister, Nola Holmgren of Bonesteel, South Dakota.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Ona on February 10, 2017.
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So sorry to learn of Helmuth's passing. Wish we could attend but have other obligations. Our love to all of you.
Ron and Diane Peltz
What wonderful and great people your mother and father were. I knew your father especially well since I saw him at school frequently. He was always so kind and thoughtful and a pleasure to be around. I feel privileged to have known both of your parents. And, you were fantastic band members, Rollins & Rollin. I appreciate you and your family more than words can express!
Merle & Virginia Larson
Wes, Myrna, Rollis, Rollin and families, I was so sad to hear of Helmuth's passing. Your parents were like my second family. They were so instrumental in my growth as a Christ-follower. Their love for Jesus was evident in every aspect of their lives. My you know the peace that passes every understanding and know that he's now reunited with his beloved Ona. Love to you and your families.
Wes, Myrna, Rolls and Rollin and extended family. May your hearts be at piece fully knowing that we will see him again someday soon. All of the tears will be wiped away. May GOD hold you all in the palm of HIS HANDS now and forever!
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