In Memory of John F. Holst

John F. Holst
John F. Holst
Born: September 21, 1925
Died: October 31, 2018
Age: 93
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John F. Holst
September 21, 1925 - October 31, 2018
From: Ida Grove, IA

John F. Holst, age 93, of Ida Grove, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, at the Morningside Healthcare Community of Ida Grove, Iowa.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, November 5, 2018, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. Rev. Richard A. Salcido and Rev. Neil Wehmas will officiate. Committal Services will follow in the Ida Grove Cemetery of Ida Grove, Iowa. Military Rites will be conducted by McNamara-Moore Post No. 61 of the American Legion of Ida Grove, Iowa. A Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sunday, November 4, 2018, at the Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

John F. Holst was born on September 21, 1925, in Denison, Iowa, to John F. “Jack” and Ida (Watson) Holst. John, called Junior by his family, was the oldest of three children, brother Silas “Dick” and sister Phyllis.  They grew up on the family farm in Paradise Township in Crawford County.  After John completed the eighth grade, he intended to go to high school, but his dad’s illness required him to stay home and help on the farm.

Eventually John came to the Ida Grove area to work for the Prosch’s who lived neighbors to the Hoffman’s.  This is where he met Sarah Hoffman, and they were married on June 10, 1946 when John was home on leave from the Army.  After his time in the service was completed, they came back to Ida County, eventually settling on a farm outside of Battle Creek.  This is where their two sons, Jim and Bob, began their early life.  In 1960, they moved to Ida Grove and John continued farming until 1983. 

John had taken an interest in painting and established Holst Painting, which kept him busy with power washing and painting many farm buildings in the area, doing a great deal of repair to the buildings before painting.  To make the work easier, he built his well-known “boom” apparatus—a metal drum attached to the tractor loader that enabled him to reach the peaks of many barns.  He also did some interior painting and wallpapering.  Both grandsons learned how to wield a paint brush under his guidance.  Of course, his boys learned a bit about farming and livestock from him too.

 John was a ten-year Ida County Fair Board member, serving as its president.  He was elected to the Ida Grove School Board and also served on the board for the Production Credit Association. He was loyal member of the Lutheran Church.

John and Sarah enjoyed many vacations with the Marge and Oscar Rice and Dale and Margaret Nicholson.  Many rounds of golf were played and interesting sites seen.  Family time was the best time—birthdays, anniversaries, card games, and taking care of grandkids.  He was always a jokester and a teaser who had a habit of assigning nicknames to many in the family, including Sarah, who he lovingly referred to as “Sis.”

Survivors include sons James “Jim” (Ann) Holst of Ida Grove, IA and Robert “Bob” (Rachel) Holst of Urbandale, IA; three grandchildren: Philip (Amy) Holst and their children Emma, Bailey and Hayden of Ida Grove, IA; James (Mary) Holst and their children Helen, Frederick and John of Lakeville, MN; Elizabeth (Brian) Schinazi and their children Nathaniel and Margaret of Oak Park, IL; brother Silas Holst of Grandview, MO; sister Phyllis Kalskett of Omaha, NE; sister-in-law Barbara Finch of Battle Creek, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Sarah; brothers and sisters-in-law:  Kermit Kalskett, Alice Holst, Ralph Finch, Dale (Margaret) Nicholson, Oscar (Marjorie) Rice, Don (Ruth) Rohlf and George (Ruth) Hoffman.



10:30 a.m., Monday
November 5, 2018
St. Paul Lutheran Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Rev. Richard A. Salcido
Rev. Neil Wehmas


Philip Holst
James R. Holst
Brian Schinazi
Art Witten
Alan Kalskett
Brian Bumann


2:00 - 4:00 p.m., Sunday
November 4, 2018
Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


Sue Salcido, Organist
Katie Pacza, Soloist
Trisha Hoffman & Tracy Johnson, Duet

Congregational Hymns
"Abide With Me"
"I Know That My Redeemer Lives"
"The Day of Resurrection"

"The Lord's Prayer"

"Come to Jesus"


Ida Grove Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa


Monday, November 5, 2018 at 10:01 AM
“We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts & prayers have been with you at this difficult time. Your father may be gone now but remember he is is in a much better place now and will continue to live on in your memories of him. ”
- Jim & Mary Stene
Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 9:47 AM
“My condolences to Jim, Bob & all that loved this man.”
- Scott Vickery
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