STOUGHTON - Helmer O. Holte, 99, passed away peacefully Friday, April 13, 2018 at home with family. Born on March 24, 1919 to Oscar and Thea (Fosdal) Holte in Stoughton where he spent the next 96 years, only moving to Harshaw 3 years ago to live with his granddaughter Amy and her family.
He is survived by his daughter Judy (Russ) Hutter of Rhinelander; 3 grandchildren, Amy (Ed Simon) Jones of Harshaw, WI, Ben Jones of Oregon, WI and Josie Swenson of Atlanta, GA; 4 great grandchildren, Zoe Simon, Eli Simon, Sawyer Jones and Abbey Jones and many nieces and nephews. Additionally, he is survived by an honorary daughter, Ingibjorg Haroldsdottir of Iceland, her 3 children and 5 grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife Karen, daughter Trudy Swenson, son-in-law Peter Swenson and sister Frances May.
Helmer married Karen Hull on June 10, 1943 and they enjoyed 68 years of marriage. During those years they often traveled to spend the winters in Florida and vacations in Iceland with Ib and her family. Helmer was an avid sports fan playing hometown baseball as a young man, attending Badger football games for many years, and following the Packers and Brewers, as well as the Badgers season after season. He was a lifelong farmer at heart, maintaining huge gardens long after he stopped farming and went to work for AAA. He was active in the Christ Lutheran church, singing in the choir and helping prepare the dough for lefse for many years.
Funeral services will be held at CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH,700 County Hwy B in Stoughton at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 19, 2018, with visitation preceding the service from 9:30-11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at the Eastside Cemetery, with a luncheon afterwards back at the church.
A special thanks to the wonderful friends and caregivers at Hospice, especially Lorraina, Todd and Debbie.
Cress Funeral and Cremation Service
206 W Prospect Ave Stoughton
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