Dale R. Holtz, 70, of Merrill, died Saturday, July 30, 2005, at his home in Merrill.
Dale Ray Holtz was born Dec. 2, 1934, in Sioux City, the son of Arthur C. and Faith V. (Norton) Holtz. Dale attended school in Hinton and later Merrill. He served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict. While serving in Korea, Dale was wounded and received two Purple Heart medals along with several other combat awards. He was honorably discharged in January 1955.
Dale was united in marriage to Donna Lee Crow on May 30, 1957, at the Adaville United Methodist Church. As a young man, Dale worked for area farmers until 1959 when he went to work for Sioux City Rendering. In 1961, Dale began his 25-year career working in the meat-packing industry. He had worked for Needham Packing and Floyd Valley Packing. In 1991, Dale began working for Wells' Dairy Inc., at the north plant until he retired due to ill health in 1999.
Dale was a member of the Merrill United Methodist church and the Olson-Halweg American Legion Post 125 of Merrill. He enjoyed gardening and yard work, playing the guitar and keyboards, his '69 Chevy pickup, spending time with family, and listening to Hank Williams Sr.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Donna Lee Holtz of Merrill; three children, Darla Dee and her husband, Mark Hansen, of Burbank, S.D., Dale Robert and his wife, Alanna Holtz of Minneapolis, Minn., and Dustin Lee of Merrill; one son-in-law, Keith Fischer of Merrill; six brothers, Arthur and Jon Holtz, both of Merrill, James and his wife, Delphine Holtz, of Rochester, Minn., Harlan and his wife, Vicki Holtz of Sioux Falls, S.D., Marvin and his wife, Brenda Holtz of Lawton, and Louis Holtz of Sioux City; six sisters, Betty Ahlf of Hinton, a twin sister, Darlene Vick of Litchfield, Minn., Judy Diller of Litchfield, Minn., Carol and her husband, Dan Gazinski of Omaha, Neb., Janet and her husband, Don Doyle of Sioux City, and Mary Norton of Sioux City; four sisters-in-law and three brothers-in-law; six grandchildren, Kristen Carter and Shane Carter, Amber Williams and Scott Williams, Marie Fischer and Miranda Fischer; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two daughters, Debra Lynn Holtz and Diane Elizabeth Fischer; and three brothers, Allyn, Bobby and Melvin Holtz.
Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Merrill United Methodist Church with the Rev. Benjamin Meeks officiating. Interment with graveside military honors provided by the Olson-Halweg American Legion Post 125 of Merrill will be in Hillside Cemetery at Merrill. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. today (Wednesday), at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars, with the family present after 5 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. prayer service.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.
Memorials will be given to Dale's favorite charities.