Pella Chronicle

May 23, 2013

Jon Holsten


The Chronicle

Pella —

Born May 23, 1945, Jon William Holsten, of Fremont, died March 23, 2013, at University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City.
Born in Sioux Falls, SD, Jon was the adopted son of Willis and Doris Holsten. A graduate ofHumboldt (Iowa) Senior High School, he attended Wartburg College. He joined the Army Reserves in 1966, serving in the Signal Corps until his discharge in 1972. He graduated from Wartburg in 1970 with a degree in physical education and a minor in biology.
Following graduation Jon worked for DeKalb Seed Company in Greenville, Ohio;
Crow's Seed in Milford, Illinois and Vinton Seed Corn Company which became McCurdy Seed in Vinton, and then in Fremont, Iowa. He also worked at Holub Greenhouse in Oskaloosa, and drove school bus for many years. He was employed by Laborers' Union Local 566 as a business agent when he died.
On February 19, 1966, he was married to Virginia Kay Schulze. They had two children: Jon William, Jr. and Stephanie Lou. They later divorced. On August 20,1988, he wed Linda Sue Ruskey in Mahaska County.
Jon is survived by his wife, Linda Holsten, of Fremont; his daughter Stephanie Lou Johnson (Barry) of Pella; his step-son Mike Benson of Des Moines; six grandchildren:
Aidan Johnson of Pella, and Jake, Grace, Megan, Peyton and Austin of Des Moines; and three sisters: Gretchen Snyder (Wilbur) of Dumfries, VA, Sue Levorson of Humboldt, IA, and Mary Duffy (Mark) of Findlay, OH.
He was preceded in death by his son, Jon Jr., and his parents.


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