Holte, Palmer (1918-2012)

Palmer Holte, 94, died on Monday, November 26, 2012 at Oakland Park Communities in Thief River Falls, MN surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at Grace Lutheran Church in Grygla, MN with Rev. Vicki Saude-Worthington officiating. Burial will follow at Saint Olaf Cemetery in Grygla, MN.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM with a 6:00 PM Prayer Service on Friday, November 30, 2012 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN. Visitation will also be held from 9:30 AM until 10:30 AM on Saturday at the church.

Palmer Holte was born April 4, 1918 at Eckvoll Township, Marshall County, MN, the son of Peter Simon and Hannah (Rue) Holte. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Petri Church, rural Grygla, MN. He grew up and attended country school in Eckvoll Township and Veldt Township.

On January 19, 1941, Palmer was united in marriage to Geordes Lillian Mattison. They made their home on Palmer’s grandfather’s farm in Eckvoll Township. To this union seven children were born, Judy, Jane, Paul, Roger, Linda, Steven, & LeeAnn. He worked on the farm all his life until 2008. In the winter time, Palmer also worked in the woods for Holthusen and Gladen.

He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Grygla and Grygla Lions. Palmer also served on the Grygla Co-op Creamery board and Co-op Store board. He liked hunting deer, moose and grouse, liked to fish, garden and do yard work. In his early years, Palmer was an excellent baseball player for Grygla, Gatzke & Goodridge. He especially liked playing with his grandchildren.

Survived by his loving wife of almost 72 years, Geordes Holte of Grygla, MN; 6 children, Judy (Richard) Miller, Goodridge, MN, Jane (Galen) Dahlen, Thief River Falls, MN, Paul (Vikki) Holte, Fargo, ND, Linda (Jon) Efteland, Knoxville, TN, Steven (Shirley) Holte, Grygla, MN and LeeAnn Nelson, Thief River Falls, MN; grandchildren, Robert (Marilyn) Miller, Tami (Tim) Irlbeck, Lyle Miller, Aaron (Jody) Miller, Jaci (Chris) Jorde, Karla (Wayne) Byklum, Josh (Danielle) Holte, Eric (Shannon) Efteland, Erica (Alex) Ford, Alexander (Allyson) Holte, Natalee (Jake) Schultz, Andrew Holte, Jessica Pedersen and Meghan Nelson; great grandchildren, John (Amy) Miller, Casey (Ryan) Stromlund, Robbie (special friend, Sadie Olson) Miller, Zachary Irlbeck, Forest, Ethan, & Sierra Mickelson, Clay & Cheyenne Irlbeck, Abe & Henry Miller, Tabitha (Nicolas) Miller, Chelsey (Bryan) Sorvig, Jace Jorde, Dacotah & Darien Byklum, Lauren & Anders Holte, Jonas & Liam Efteland, Edward & Palmer Ford, Brecken & Isaiah Holte, Annaliese & Annika Pedersen; great great-grandchildren, Gage & Raegan Jane Miller, Jackson Sorvig; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by son, Cpl. Roger Holte in Vietnam; parents; sisters, Hazel Holte, Myrtle Hanson, Hilma Hanson, & Mable Spicer; and brother, Alvin Holte.

From Johnson Funeral Service

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky