Frederick Holste

Frederick Robert Holste, (May 8, 1927 to September 7, 2013) Beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, Fred Holste passed away September 7, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife Celia, son Randy and his wife Catherine, daughter Janet Cheetham and her husband Jack, grandchildren Danielle Holste with great-grandchildren Elijah, Janelle, and Aubrey; Gregory and Madeline Holste, Daniel and Stephanie Cheetham, and numerous nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his tireless, loving caregivers Angelia James, Kathryn Robinson, and Madelon Walton. He was preceded in death by his eldest son Barry in 2006 and infant son Greg Harold in 1966, his parents Sarah Ludwig and Gustav, and his sisters Estelle, Ruth, Dorothy, and Helen Marie.
Fred was born in Galveston in 1927 and worked as a young man at his father's dairy farm, Beach Dairy. He met the love of his life on the beach of Galveston and has not left her side until now. After Ball High, he graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1948, married Celia B. Ozon in 1949, then completed his Masters in Engineering at University of Houston in 1954. Also during that time he served as a cartographer during the Korean War. During his professional life as a consulting mechanical engineer he participated in various societies and contributed to many large and technically challenging projects. During his family life with Celia, children Barry, Janet and Randy they enjoyed surrounding themselves with friends for tennis (questionable line calls), dinners, and gambling junkets (in the old days).
We remember Dad telling us when he met mom in Galveston - "She was the prettiest girl on the beach". He followed that with "She still is..." We all agree Fred was the best example of a kind honest father who enjoyed family time, sports, hard work, and humor. He will always be remembered for his honesty, calm diplomacy, gentlemanly example, strong work ethic and true love for Celia.
Graveside service will be held Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 10:30am at Emanu El Memorial Park, 8341 Bissonnet St, Houston, 77074 followed by a minyan at his home, 5123 S. Braeswood, Houston, 77096 immediately following the service.
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Published in Houston Chronicle on Sept. 11, 2013