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Ray E. Von Holten

Published: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

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

Ray was born Feb. 22, 1923, in Deer Grove, the son of Carl and Beulah (Williford) Von Holten. He was a World War II Marine Corps veteran. He married Wanda Druien on Nov. 20, 1948. She preceded him in death Feb. 20, 1971. He married Bernice Von Holten on March 12, 1983, in Rock Falls. He was a farmer and 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 Fenton and Steven (Linda) Von Holten of Haverhill, Iowa; five stepchildren, Roger (Lori) Von Holten of Rockford, Joanne (Fred) Perrizo of Glendale, Ariz., John (Christine) Von Holten 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 of Walnut, Merle (Nita) Von Holten 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 was Wednesday at McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls. The funeral was Thursday at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rock Falls, with the Rev. Henrietta Milner officiating. Burial was at Tampico Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.

Visit www.mcdonaldfuneralhomes.com to send condolences.

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