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Delmar Holst obituary

On Nov. 26, 2020, the Lord called Delmar Leroy Holst, 85, from his home, after a lengthy illness with cancer. He was born on July 4, 1935, to Alfred and Evelyn (Klindworth) Holst, of rural Lake City.
He attended country school until sixth grade and continued his education at St. John’s Lutheran School, and Lincoln High School, in Lake City. He was the valedictorian of his class and the Patton Award recipient. He joined the Army in 1957 and was honorably discharged for farming obligations. He served six years in the Army Reserves.
He married Nancy Hoeft, of rural Lake City, on June 7, 1958, and they lived and farmed on their farm in rural Lake City. He was a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Lake City where he was on the school board, and served the church as an officer and on many boards and committees.
Delmar was employed as a salesman for Vigortone Feeds, manager for Ration Maker, McNess Independent Contractor, worked at D.B.I. in Red Wing, and was director and agent for Gillford Insurance and Ozark National Life Insurance. He was active on many boards and many organizations including Land o’ Lakes, Lions Club, R, C & D Council, Lake City Sportsman’s Club and District Supervisor of the Soil and Water Conservation District. He was a member and chaplain of the American Legion, and years ago served as Justice of the Peace.
He was a gentle, loyal man with a knack for telling stories and jokes, and a steward of the land, which he instilled in his family. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He experienced and enjoyed traveling to many national and international locations, and loved and enjoyed spending time with his family, friends, and relatives.
Delmar is survived by his wife, Nancy; brother, Richard (Sharon) Holst, of Red Wing, and four children Dale (Mary) Holst of Rosemount; and Laurie (David) Balow, James (Lisa) Holst, and Anita (Colin) Atkinson, all of Lake City. Grandchildren: William Holst, Michael Holst, Shannon (Stuart) Gates, Brady Balow, Rachel Balow, Carissa (Bradley) Marking, Amanda (Travis) Roper, Lila (Patrick) Lynch, Cole Atkinson Alexa Atkinson. Great-grandchildren: Daniel, Isabelle, Hazel, Mya, Olivia, Myles, and Beau. He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Joanne Moyer.
Private funeral services will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lake City.
Arrangements by Schleicher Funeral Homes, Lake City Chapel. Guest register may be signed at

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