The Ottumwa Courier

March 27, 2013

Jon Holsten, 67, Fremont


FREMONT — FREMONT — Jon William Holsten, 67, of Fremont, died March 23, 2013, at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City.

He was born May 23, 1945, in Sioux Falls, S.D., the son of Willis and Doris Johnson Holsten. Jon graduated from Humboldt Senior High School in Humboldt. He then attended Wartburg College and graduated with a degree in biology in 1967. Following graduation from college, Jon joined the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged following his service during the Vietnam War in 1972. Following his discharge, Jon worked various places until going to work at McCurdy Seed and later becoming a plant manager at both the Fremont and Vinton locations.

On Aug. 20, 1988, Jon was united in marriage to Linda Sue Ruskey in Mahaska County. Jon worked lastly as a business agent for the Laborer’s Union Local 566 and as a public organizer for Union 353. Early on, Jon coached girl’s basketball for several years. Jon loved fishing and spending time with his grandkids. He was a huge Green Bay Packers fan and traveled to several games with his son, Mike. He was a member of the Laborer’s Union 566 and Union 353. Jon will always be remembered as a very loving husband, father and grandfather.   

He is survived by his wife, Linda Holsten of Fremont; a son and his fiancée, Mike Benson and Christine Minks of Des Moines; five grandchildren, Jake, Grace, Megan, Peyton and Austin; and three sisters, Gretchen Snyder of Dumfries, Va., Sue Levorson of Humboldt and Mary (Mark) Duffy of Findlay, Ohio.

Jon was preceded in death by his parents.

As was his wish, Jon’s body has been cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date. No visitation is planned at this time.

Fremont Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be mailed to Jon’s wife Linda.

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