Funeral services for William (Bill) E. Holzwarth age 85 of Selby will be 11:00 AM Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012 at Kesling Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral. Visitation will from 4 to 7 PM on Tuesday at Kesling Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7PM. William passed away Friday, Jan. 27, 2012 at the Selby Good Samaritan Center.
William (Bill) E. Holzwarth was born on April 27, 1926 to Emanuel and Katherine (Stadel) Holzwarth. Bill was the 12th child out of 17 children on a farm outside of Mound City, SD.
Bill married Verna (Greger) Goldade in 1948 and they had one daughter Arlinda. Bill worked for the county and lived in Mound City until 1955. He then moved to Mobridge where he worked for Stoick's Super Value cutting meat for many years. After living in Mobridge he moved to McLaughlin and later to Ashley, ND where he ran a grocery store for a little while. Bill then moved to Lemmon, where he worked for Lynn's Super Value as a meat manager and later moved to Sturgis, where he managed the Lynn's Super Value. He lived in Rapid City and then moved to Arizona in the 80's, and later he moved to Pierre in 2003. When his health started to fail he moved into the Good Samaritan Center in Selby.
Bill used to play in a band with his brother-in-law and Antone Goldade and they played for many wedding dances. A lot of people never knew that he played the banjo, piano, harmonica, guitar, and auto harp all by ear. Arlinda says some of her fondest memories of her dad were when he came to visit and they would go to the Moose Lodge, eat and dance the night away. When I danced with my dad I felt like I was just gliding on air. Bill enjoyed music, playing pool, dancing, and playing cards. In early years he played softball in Mobridge, maybe that is why he loved the Twins. One of his favorite things was to watch the Twins baseball games. He actually had been able to go to one of their games in Minneapolis.
Bill will be missed very much and his memory will be with us forever.
He is survived by his daughter Arlinda Holzwarth and her special friend Stanley Durston of Pierre, SD, two sisters Meta (Holzwarth) Rau and Bertha Holzwarth Sandmeier, one brother Emanuel (Brownie) Holzwarth, and many nieces and nephews.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, seven brothers, and six sisters.