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Willard J. “Willie” Holdorf

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WAYNE — Willard J. “Willie” Holdorf, 90, Wayne, died Aug. 13, 2021 at Providence Medical Center, Wayne.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Aug. 19, at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Wayne.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Aug. 20, at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Wayne, with P.M.A. Glenn Kietzmann officiating.

Honorary pallbearers will be Willard’s grandkids, great-grandkids and great-great-grandkids.

Rosebearers will be Shannon Gibson, Holly Doring, Keisha Jessen, Crystal Beckenhauer and T’Kayeh Sterling.

Pallbearers will be Cory Jensen, Colby Jensen, Kyle Jensen, Kent Jensen, Jaimey Holdorf, Koinn Rees, Kassius Holdorf and Anthony Mack.

Interment will be in the Laurel Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hasemann Funeral Home, Wayne.

Willard James “Willie” Holdorf was born July 6, 1931, on a farm near Concord, to Johann “Max” and Elsie (Luth) Holdorf. He attended schools in Concord and Laurel. Willie began working on the Holdorf Family Farm. He married Bev Evers Sept. 3, 1950, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Laurel, and worked for his father-in-law. He began driving truck for Odie Huetig, and later, working at the Laurel and Winside Dehy Plants, and at Four Quarters Feedlot. Willie worked for Ivan and Hollis Freese for a number of years, before working in maintenance for 17 years for Wayne County. A number of years, he worked for Kinney Farms and then for DDM for 11 years, hauling gravel. Willie retired one day, and then went to work mowing the next day for the Wayne Country Club. He enjoyed antique and memorabilia collecting, fishing and hunting for deer – he bagged one in 2020.

Willie is survived by his children, Kathy (Dean) Jensen, Battle Creek; Randy (Joni) Holdorf, Carroll; Tamara Sterling, Concord; and Brent (Jackie) Holdorf, Coleridge; 13 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Delmar Holdorf, Wayne, and Darrell (Bette) Holdorf, Pine City, Minn.; sisters, Yvonne Palmer, Gilbert, Ariz.; and Vernita (Bruce) Hoeflich, Omaha; and several nieces and nephews.

Willie was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Beverly, in 2015; brothers, Marlyn and Verdell (Ruth); sister, Dolores (Jack) Erwin, and sister-in-law, Barb Holdorf.

Memorials may be directed to the Holdorf Family for later designation.