KENNETH GEORGE HOLZE STOCKTON - Kenneth G. Holze of Stockton, Illinois. Loving Husband of Mabel Holze, father of son, Henry; daughters, Melody (Marshall) Brown, Bonnie (James) Maxwell; daughter-in-law, Lila Holze. Passed away March 6, 2014, at home, surrounded by his family from cancer. He is survived by his grandchildren, Keith Brown, Michael (Kristin) Brown, Tomye (Brandon) Erbe, Ken (Sherry) Holze, Benjiman Holze, Hannah Holze; 7 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; other family members include sisters-in-law, Gen and Dorothy Holze, Marjorie (Mearl) Maynard; and brother-in-law, Dale Doty. He was proceeded in death by his parents; brothers, Clarence, Fritz, Lester and Henry; sister, Leona Crane; and son, Kenneth Dale Holze. Kenny was born January 3, 1930, in Hampshire, Illinois to Henry and Bertha (Thurnau) Holze. He married Mabel Hansen on September 3, 1950, at the Plato Center Lutheran Church. The first forty years of his life was devoted to the Hampshire community, where he worked hard at dairy farming, alongside his family. He also worked at Steffens Brothers hauling cement for the building of the I-90 tollway, helped out at Allen's Corner Garage, and with Ron Fredrick Funeral Home. He was a member of the Auctioneer Association and auctioned many, many sales. He was president of the Hampshire PTA, member of the Pure Milk Association and played Santa Claus for Hampshire. He also was a member of his local 4-H club until becoming a leader for the Hampshire Junior Farmers which he spent 10 years. In the summer of 1970, they bought a farm and moved to Stockton, Illinois. There he continued his farming, and his auctioneering until 2012. While living in Stockton he also worked for Eaton Corporation in Warren and sold cars for Hoy Ford in Lena. Kenneth was known for his jokes and telling old stories from the past. He loved playing cards, fishing, hunting with his family on the family farm, as well as his many hunting trips with family and friends out west and Canada. And let's not forget his stogies'! He has touched so many lives and helped many in their time of need. He will be missed by all... Services will be at the Hermann Funeral Home, Stockton, Illinois on Saturday, March 8, 2014, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. with a service immediately following. On Monday March 10, 2014, there will be a funeral service at 1 p.m. at Frederick Funeral Home in Hampshire, IL, with burial at the Hampshire Center Cemetery. Memorials may be made in remembrance to the Kenneth Holze Family. Condolences may be shared with his family at hermannfuneralhome.com.
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Published in The Journal-Standard from Mar. 7 to Mar. 8, 2014