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Helmut Holder Obituary
Helmut George Holder, local Mercedes Benz legend, passed away August 3, 2014 in Houston, Texas. He was born in Germany June 2, 1928 and raised by his great grandmother Anna Schumann. At 16 he served in the German Army during WWII surviving a bullet wound to his head and captured as a POW. He originally went to trade school to become an airplane mechanic but soon after began his apprenticeship at a Mercedes dealer near Stuttgart, which fueled his passion for the Mercedes Benz automobile.
In 1958 he immigrated to Houston where he was reunited with his parents and 5 siblings after being separated for many years. Soon after he started his first Mercedes business which remained in operation for 53 years. While many would have long retired, Helmut continued to be a consultant for the Mercedes community. He mentored many of the newer generation of mechanics and was recognized for his knowledge and innovative ideas.
His interests included flying model helicopters and gliders and designed the Horizon, one of the very first pod and boom model helicopters. He was also a master woodworker, and created beautiful clocks.
A devoted family man with a heart of gold, Helmut is survived by his beloved wife Mimi Joanne Holder of 33 years, his 6 children Waltraud (Trudy) Holder, Helga Hauk, Helmut (Andy) Holder Jr., Max Holder, William Altenloh, and Sofia Holder-Montes. His 8 grandchildren, Nicole, Tanja, Thomas, Charles, Eric, Shelby, Kayleigh, and Tallulah, 4 great grandchildren, Lisa, Amelie, Jennifer, and Tobias, and his siblings Lynn Dent, Kate Mackey and Jack Holder.
The legacy of Helmut Holder will forever live on for the people who knew him and the family who loved him most.
A celebration of life in his honor is forthcoming.

Published in Houston Chronicle on Aug. 10, 2014
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