Harold E. Holst, 93

Published 9:53 am Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Harold E. Holst, 93, of Austin died Sunday evening, March 11, 2012, at Comforcare Good Samaritan Center in Austin, Minn.

Harold Holst

Harold Everett Holst was born Nov. 4, 1918 at Lake City, Minn. the son of Henry C. and Mary (Merkens) Holst. He attended St John’s Lutheran Parochial school in Lake City along with his future wife, Harriet M. Clare. Harold and Harriet were married on Aug. 28, 1940 in Lake City.

Harold was employed by the Hormel Foods Corporation from 1940 until his retirement in 1982. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII from Sept. 1943 until Dec. 1945 as a Fireman 1st Class on the USS Oberrender DE-344 in the South Pacific.

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Harold was a life-long member of the American Legion and VFW. He loved being outdoors, gardening and flowers. During his retirement, he worked part-time at Berg Nursery in Austin. Fishing and hunting were also his passions – especially trout fishing in south eastern Minnesota. Harold remained an active member of Minnesota Trout until he was nearly 90 years old.

He was preceded in death by his siblings, Edwin, Evelina, Adelia, Leroy, Alfred, Lydia, Alvin, Eleanor and a great grandson, Braden Thomas Holst.

Harold is survived by his wife Harriet Holst, Austin; son and daughter-in-law, Allan and Alice Holst, Austin; grandchildren, James (Cheryl) Holst, Minneapolis, Minn., Dr. John (Heather) Holst, Baltimore, Md., Rebecca (Ken) Eide, Watertown, S.D.; great-grandson Dylan Eide; great-granddaughter Clementine Haney; step-grandchildren, Penny Haney (Jess Rosenfeld), Minneapolis, and Mike (Lisa) Haney, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at the Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church with Pastor David Fleischmann officiating. Visitation will be held at the church on Wednesday morning from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Lunch will be served at the church immediately after the service. There will be no cemetery interment at this time because Harold had previously arranged that his body be donated to the Mayo hospital medical program.