October 19, 1940 – September 17, 2020
Kenneth Holzer, 79, of Mobridge passed away Thursday, September 17, 2020, at Mobridge Regional Hospital. A private memorial Mass of Christian Burial was held with inurnment at Black Hills National Cemetery. Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge is in charge of arrangements.
Kenneth James Holzer was born October 19, 1940 at the family homestead near Trail City to Frank and Rose (Aberle) Holzer. He attended country school and Timber Lake High School, graduating in 1958. Following graduation Kenneth worked for Mobridge Iron Works for one year before he was drafted into the US Army on October 23, 1963. He served in Okinawa, Japan. After his discharge he returned to Mobridge and worked for Mobridge Iron Works and MDU.
In January 1967 Kenneth married Virginia Hohl in Trail City. They made their home in Mobridge. In 1967 he went into partnership with Lloyd Loll in H&L Implement. He ran the business until he sold in 1988 and semi-retired.
In 1993, Kenneth and Virginia moved to Rapid City, where they managed apartment complexes. In 1996 they moved back to Mobridge and Kenneth worked as maintenance man at the Wrangler until retiring at 70.
Kenneth was a member of the Mobridge Moose Club, the Mobridge Jaycees, the Sportsman’s Club and the American Legion. Kenneth had a love for the outdoors whether it was hunting for deer, pheasants, and grouse, or fishing and camping. He was also a handy man. He could repair or build anything. He enjoyed visiting his friends on Friday afternoon at the Legion. Above all he loved spending time with his grandchildren. Kenneth lovingly gave all of his children and grandchildren a nickname that they all continue to use to this day.
Kenneth is survived by his wife of 53 years, Virginia of Mobridge; children Michael (Stacey) Holzer of Thornton, CO, Patricia (Brian) Feist of Mobridge, Brian Holzer of Rapid City, and Jeffrey Holzer of Eau Claire, WI; grandchildren Megan Feist, Jordan Feist, Myia Feist, Madelynn Holzer, Gabrielle Holzer, Zachary Holzer, and Alex Holzer; two brothers, David Holzer of Colorado City, CO, and Frank (Ruth) Holzer Jr. of Trail City.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brother Gerald; sister Carol Schweitzer; daughter-in-law Rebecca Holzer and granddaughter Lillian Holzer.