Celebrating the life of Marvin D. Holdcraft
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Funeral services will be at 11:00am on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at the Burgess Funeral Home in LaSalle. Pastor Tom McMurtry of the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Peru will officiate. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in La Salle. The Utica Veterans Memorial Group will preside over full military rites.
Visitation will be Monday, May 9, 2016 from 5:00 to 8:00pm and Tuesday 10:00-11:00am (before service). Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens. The Utica Veterans Memorial Group will preside over full military rites.
Marvin was born Sept. 27, 1932 in Washburn, IL, to Everett and Olga (Burnell) Holdcraft. He married Theresa Skowera on Feb.16, 1952 at St. Mary's, Utica.
Marvin served from 1952-53 in Korea in the United States Army as Staff Sargent in the Engineers. Marvin survived the last battle “Out Post Hairy” on June 10, 1953 where 330 GI’s were killed. He shed tears to describe the torments of war and was a proud American.
Marvin survived cancer for 8 years. He counted everyday as a blessing. He passionately loved his wife of 64 years. He lived his life as an example of hard work, unconditional love and tolerance of others. He deeply loved his 3 children, 10 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. He cried at every birth.
He loved his life long journey of growing with Bellrose/Unimin Sand Plant in Utica for 37 years. He was so proud and shared every detail well into retirement with his son, Ron.
He loved John Deere tractors, collecting elephants and mowing grass on his John Deere rider. His greatest love was celebrating his grandchildrens’ successes. He’d say, “This is my granddaughter #10” and burst with pride.
His legacy will continue forever in the hearts of everyone who loved and knew him.
“The sands of time made him strong as steel.”
He was a member of Utica American Legion Post #731.
Surviving are, wife, Theresa of Utica; daughter, Linda (Tim) Freudenthal of Wautoma, WI, son, Ronald (Penny) Holdcraft of Utica, daughter, Donna (Lyle) Piecha, La Salle, and grandchildren, Sonny (Jill) Holdcraft, Seatonville, Shelley (Ed) Thomsen, Mpls, MN, Nicholas (Booska) Holdcraft, Poland, Amber (Shawn) Keltner, Los Angeles, Jaeger (Kristine) Freudenthal, Appleton, WI, Ryan Holdcraft, Utica, Maxwell Freudenthal, Mpls, MN, Chad (Lyndsey) Piecha, Peru, Derek (Bria) Piecha, La Salle, Breanna (Mike) Bergagna, Oglesby.
Great grandchildren: Kaylyn, Korrin, Hunter, Payton, Ava, Myles, Jackson, Sawyer, Kelty, Addison, Kaden, Shea, Aprillia, Rivers, Kree, Lizbon, Iain, Kailub, Mia & Max. Brothers,
Winfred (Linda) Holdcraft, Randall (Linda) Holdcraft.
He was preceded in death by his parents Everett and Olga (Burnell) Holdcraft and three brothers, Herschel Lowe, Stacy Holdcraft & Otis Holdcraft.
Memorials may be directed to the family. Online condolences can be left at www.burgessfh.com
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