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John George ("jack") Holst Obituary

January 6, 2014

John ("Jack") George Holst, Jr., 82, of Fort Myers, passed away Monday, January 6, 2014. He was born on August 17, 1931 in Fort Myers and, with the exception of a year in Australia in the 1970s, was a lifelong resident here.

John graduated from Fort Myers High School in 1949. As a teenager, he spent most of his time at the seaplane base on the north shore of the Caloosahatchee. There he learned to fly seaplanes and helped make deliveries of mail and other provisions to Sanibel and Captiva. He served in the United States Air Force and graduated from the University of Florida where he received his law degree and met his wife, Louetta Y. Holst.

Jack was an attorney with Henderson Franklin Law Firm most of his career. He was also a devoted member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, where he served as an acolyte in his youth and a vestryman in later years. He loved old Fort Myers and its small town flavor.

Jack is survived by his wife of 58 years, Louetta Y. Holst; his two daughters: Mamie Holst of Fort Myers and Louetta Muller and husband, Gary, also of Fort Myers; his grandchildren: Christopher DeGroot and Stephen Muller; his great grandchildren: Kaley and Madison DeGroot; his sister, Jacqueline Shoemaker of Fort Myers; his niece and nephews: Diane Geater, John Willis, Gary Willis, and John Shoemaker. He was preceded in death by his parents: John George Holst, Sr. and Mary Elza Sheppard Holst and his sister, Mary Elza Willis.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 2635 Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33907, 239-936-0555. Online condolences may be made at:

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Saint Luke's Episcopal Church or Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer's Resource Center, both in Fort Myers.


Published in The News-Press on Jan. 12, 2014
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