Elmer Clarence Holtz

Born: Fri., Jun. 11, 1926
Died: Sat., May 15, 2010

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PENDLETON – Elmer Clarence Holtz, 83, of Ione died Saturday, May 15th, at Suttle Care in Pendleton. Viewing will be held between the hours of 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 20th, at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 21st at Hope Lutheran Church in Heppner, 675 S Alfalfa Street. Concluding services and graveside services will follow at Highview Cemetery in Ione at 2:00 p.m. Contributions in memory of Elmer may be made to the Hope Lutheran Church or to a charity of the donor's choice, and may be sent care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, PO Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801. Send condolences to the family or sign the guestbook at www.burnsmortuary.com Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Holtz was born June 11, 1926 on the farm at Northgate, N.D. to Clarence and Laura Wolkenhauer Holtz. In 1933, the family moved to Grandview and subsequently to Mabton, WA. He attended Belma Country School near the farm. He stayed behind with his grandparents when the family moved to Ione. After graduating from Grandview High School in 1946, he joined the family for a short time before being inducted into the Army at Ft. Lewis, WA. Following his honorable discharge from the service, he returned to the family farm south of Ione where he worked for his father and neighboring farmers until 1952 when he drove truck and delivered gasoline for Pettyjohn Oil Company in Ione. From 1954-1962, he again worked for his father on the wheat farm. From 1962-1966, he worked in the office at Pettyjohn Oil and returned again to the family farm in 1967. After his father's death in 1969, he and his brother formed a partnership that continued until the late 1970s. He owned and managed rental properties, bought and sold new/used cars, worked for various area wheat ranchers, and peeled potatoes on the line at a Boardman plant until his retirement in 1988. He restored classic cars in his spare time. He was a charter member of Hope Lutheran Church, Heppner. He married Mary Jepsen in 1950s. The couple divorced in 1964. He marred Sandra Hoiness Jan. 4, 1972. He is survived by his wife at the home; sons James Elmer and Brian David of Ione; Michael Greggory and Tina of Pendleton; daughter Brenda Lou and David Long of Newberg; one brother, Harold and Irene Holtz of Ione; one sister, Mary and Tom Kirkelie of Tacoma, WA; three nieces and one nephew; daughters Katherine and Eddy Nelson of Lynwood, WA, and Carol and Dale Eveland of Hermiston; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

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Karen Padberg
   Posted Wed May 19, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May the comfort of the Lord be with you.

Carol Eveland
   Posted Thu May 20, 2010
Our love and thoughts to all the family- Carol Dale Julie and Caleb

Annie Jepsen LARSON
   Posted Thu May 20, 2010
Elmer was part of our Sunday afternoons for many hears when I was a kid. He loves beautiful red Cars. Best wishes for friends and the family, Annie Jepsen Larson, Portland

Roy & Shelly Wolkenhauer
   Posted Tue June 01, 2010
So sorry to hear about the death of our Cousin Elmer. We would have liked to come down for the funeral and visit with the family during this time, am sorry we missed it. Haven't saw the family for years, did get to visit with Harold and Irene at Glenda's funeral last year. Hope the family is all well and doing great. God Bless you all.

Dexter & Corinne Miles
   Posted Mon June 07, 2010
Sandy, We are so sorry to hear of Elmer's death. We were away from home all the month of May, so just found out about it. Our prayers for comfort and peace go out for you and your family.

Lucille Agrelo
   Posted Thu September 30, 2010
I was sorry to hear about Elmer. I never met him. His mom Laura was my great aunt.

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