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Ray E. Von Holten

Published: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

STERLING – Ray E. Von Holten, 91, of Sterling, died Sunday, March 16, 2014, at his home. He was a farmer.

Ray was born Feb. 22, 1923, in Deer Grove, the son of Carl and Beulah (Williford) Von Holten. He married Wanda Druien on Nov. 20, 1948. She preceded him in death on Feb. 20, 1971. He later married Bernice Von Holten on March 12, 1983, in Rock Falls. He was a member of Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rock Falls.

Survivors include his wife of Sterling; one daughter, Diane (Vince) Edler of Pearl City; two sons, Charles (Melody) Von Holten of Erie and Steven (Linda) Von Holten of Haverville, Iowa; five stepchildren, Roger (Lori) Von Holten of Rockford, Joanne (Fred) Perrizo and John (Christine) Von Holten, both of Glendale, Ariz., Marvin (Deanne) Von Holten of Tucson, Ariz., and Dean (Trudi) Von Holten of Uster, Switzerland; two sisters, Arlene (Lowell “Bud”) Dietz of Lanark and Lois Fulfs of Sterling; four brothers, Elmer Von Holten and Merle (Nita) Von Holten, both of Walnut, Edward Von Holten of Rock Falls, and Roland (Beverly) Von Holten of Herman, Mo.; one stepdaughter-in-law, Mary Ann of Walnut; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; 19 stepgrandchildren; and 32 step-great-grandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Alan Von Holten; one stepson, Arnold Von Holten; two brothers, Bill Von Holten and Lester Von Holten; and one sister, Minnie Toben.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rock Falls, with the Rev. Henrietta Milner officiating.  Burial will be at Tampico Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.

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