Philip died on Sunday, July 1, 2012 at Sanford Health Palliative Care in Fargo surrounded by his family.

Philip Gordon Holte was born on October 12, 1928, the son of Peder and Alma (Linnerud) Holte in Battle Lake, MN. He grew up and went to school in this area. He proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1948 until his discharge in 1952. Philip was united in marriage to Marian Heald on October 21, 1951 in Battle Lake. They made their home in Washington, DC for a year prior to returing to Minnesota where they owned and operated grocery stores in Vining, MN, and later in Parkers Prairie, MN for over 35 years.

Philip was very active in the American Legion and the Parker’s Prairie Lions Club for many years. He loved gardening, golfing, and cherished time spent with his family. In 1997, Philip and Marian moved to Fargo to be closer to their family. They joined Elim Lutheran Church and loved the many friends they made at their new church home in Fargo.

Philip is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Marian; his daughter, Sandy (Kim) Larson of Moorhead, MN; his son, Dan (Sue) Holte of West Fargo, ND; his grandchildren - Danielle Holte, Alyssa (Nick) Wiedenmeyer, and Tiffany Holte; and his great grandchildren – Aaliyah Holte and Wyatt Wiedenmeyer. Also surviving is his sister, Roselyn Holte; his brother, Pete (Ardelle) Holte;  his sister-in-law, Dorothy Holte, all of Fergus Falls, MN; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother Ralph.

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