ESTHERVILLE - Funeral services for Albert Holmgren, 94, of Estherville will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 20, 2012, at Calvary Gospel Assembly in Estherville with Pastor Travis Rosinger and Pastor Perry Holmgren officiating. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville. Interment will be at East Side Cemetery in Estherville with military graveside rites by VFW Post 3388 and American Legion Post 91 of Estherville.
He died Monday, April 16, 2012, at Avera Holy Family Health in Estherville.
Albert Frederick Holmgren, the son of Philipp and Elizabeth (Wetzler) Holmgren, was born Oct. 19, 1917, in rural Naper, Neb.
He graduated from Naper High School in Naper, Neb. in 1936. After graduation, he worked for various farmers in Naper. Around 1940, he moved to Estherville, where five of his older siblings had moved. He started to work at Tobin in 1941. Albert served in the United States Army from 1942 until 1946. While stationed at Camp Dodge in Des Moines, he met Martha Williams. Following his discharge from the military he was united in marriage to Martha in Des Moines on March 9, 1946. Following their marriage, Albert continued working for Tobin, later John Morrell's meat packing plant, for 40 years, retiring in 1982. Martha passed away Feb. 4, 1995.
Albert was an active member of Calvary Gospel Assembly where he served in many different capacities and the American Legion, both of Estherville. Until his health failed, he remained a faithful attendee of the church services. His hobby was gardening and at times tending multiple large gardens. His specialty was sweet corn and squash.
Left to cherish Albert's memory are his children, Diane Peltz and her husband, Ron, of New Salem, N.D., Mark Holmgren and his wife, LaVonne, of Topeka, Kan. and Beth Winn and her husband, Don, of Cheyenne, Wyo.; seven grandchildren, Bruce Peltz (Angie), Latrisha Seil (Chris) and Alan Peltz (Melanie), Evan and Elizabeth Holmgren and Adam and Jeffrey Winn; five great-grandchildren, Morgan, Hailey, Audrey, Caleb and Kambryn; brother-in-law, Clayton Murphy, and his wife, Rose, of Lincoln, Neb. and also many nieces, nephews and friends.
He has been preceded in death by his parents; wife; daughter, Margaret in 1950; two sisters, Frieda and Clara and six brothers, Henry, John, Gus, Chris, Rudy and Philip. Online condolences may be sent to www.henryolsonfuneral.com