Ronald Holznagel

ronald holznagel

Ronald passed away on May 31, 2011 at his home at the age of 68.

Ronald "Hozy" Holznagel was born July 13, 1942 to August and Pearl (Carlson) Holznagel in Grandin, ND.  Ronald married Denise Hitterdal on July 7, 1976.  Ronald worked for American Crystal Sugar for over 30 years.

He is survived by his mother, Pearl Moen; son, Damian (Katherine), Fargo; daughter, Deidra, West Fargo; grandchildren, Bailey, Madison, McKenzie; sister, Pat (Bob) Hunter, Boulder, CO.

He was preceded in death by his father, August, brother, Glen, sisters, Karen and Karol.

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  1. Fargo ND
    Damian, Katherine and all your families
    will be in my prayers during this trying time of missing a loved one and working through the healing process with God’s help-

  2. Fargo ND
    There will be a celebration honoring Hozy at 4:00 on Friday, June 10th
    beginning at 4:00 pm at Duffy’s Tavern in Fargo.

    It will be informal so please come whenever it is convenient for you.

    We old Hozy fans would like to smile together once again remembering dear, smart and funny Hozy.

  3. Waimea HIMy fondest memory with Hozy was the time, in the mid-60’s when we traveled to San Fransisco, Height Ashbury district, in a flowered 1957 Ford, decorated by Jim Matson. It was a great trip. We became vegetarians, lived basically on carrots and celery. We were so broke that Hozy finally called his mom and borrowed about 15 dollars so we could head home. On the back home, after many California adventures, going through South Dakota where dozens of deer were leaping across the road, Hozy said he was tired of the vegetarian life, and if I could run over one of the deer, he could skin it with the butter knife in the glove compartment and we could get back to eating real food. I loved that trip, and share it often as one of my favorite road trips! Enjoy your next adventure.

  4. Rochert MN
    My heart goes out to the family. Ron was an institution around Fgo/Mhd. I will always reflect on the good times we had and the many “Hozy stories” we all collected. Everyone who knew Hozy has to be heartbroken. He was truly one of a kind. They broke the mold.

  5. Camarillo CA My deepest sympathy goes out to my cousins Damian and Deidra. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. I haven’t seen him in many years but he was always Uncle Hozy to me. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Love you.

  6. Gilroy Ca.Hozy was one great guy to hang out with in High School. We used to make our dental appointments on the same mornings, and then just forget to go to school that day, and float around town. And the Friday evening get togethers at the park in south Fargo were a blast. Ron you left me with many great memories. Enjoy your new home, my friend.
    Terry Jordet

  7. fargo ndPearl–
    So sorry to hear of your son’s passing-my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Ardis(former employee at Good Sam)

  8. RALEIGH NORTH CAROLINAIt is with great sadness that I learn of Hozy’s passing. Even though during my junior high days at Northside Benjamin Franklin, Hozy and his Southside Aggisz classmates were our crosstown rivals – we were able to strike up a friendship then which endured as we came together at Fargo Central High School, and onward to the very day of his passing. Hozy was always known as a rough and ready stand up guy, and I do recall a brawl or two – but luckily we were on the same side! However, he had a heart of gold and would give the shirt off of his back to help anyone who needed it He did not pursue a higher education, but underneath his seemingly rough hewn exterior he was really quite an intelligent guy, and I always enjoyed exchanging quips. RIP!

  9. Moorhead MN
    Damian and Deidra,

    I’m so sorry for your loss…my thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of Hozy’s friends and family during this difficult time.

  10. Fargo ND
    Hozy and I have known each other since junior high school. He always made me laugh and had a great way of reminiscing with me in the last several years. I miss him already and will continue to as will so many of his friends whose hearts were touched by him.

  11. San Jose, COSTA RICA n/aHozey was a close and frequent companion from the time we met, in high school, until I moved to Costa Rica in 1971. Through the years whenever I visited Fargo we got together (or tried to). The memory of all the good times we had together has never faded, and I treasured his friendship always. I wish I could be there, now. Goodbye, ol’ buddy.

  12. Huntington Beach CAAunt Denise, Damien and Deidra
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Love you all very much.

  13. Fargo ND
    Hozy always was kind to me and a good friend. He was very funny and we had some belly laughs together. I went out for golden gloves boxing in jr. high. Hozy was the man back then. Watched him win several times. A true gentil giant. A nice man who will be missed around these parts fpr sure.

  14. fargo North Dakota
    Denise and Deidra, I am so sorry for your loss. I and everyone at the office will miss him very much. Our thoughts are with you during the tough time. please take care of yourself and I will see you soon.

    Missy G from Dr. Peterson’s dental office

  15. Dilworth MN
    , usa
    I knew Hozy for approximately 40 years.
    From the first time we met I realized he was not like most people. Hozy lived life on his own terms, he didn’t look for approval. As a young man this impressed me. when I first met Hozy he had a reputation as a tough guy ( and I would say he was) but as I knew him better over time qvc5e I saw he had a kind and gentle side. Like many people who new him well I will never forget the times we shared good and bad. He will always be a friend and an important person in my life.

    Dan Olson

  16. Sandy Lake MBTo Hozy’s Family,
    I will always remember him as a man of honor true to his word. He and Roger were unofficial bouncers at our house parties in the mid 60’s. He always showed the utmost respect for my father and his property and made sure others did also. Crossing paths with him over the next 30 years was always enjoyable to see the man that he had become was quite impressive. It is with many fond memories I bid Hozy adieu.

  17. Fargo ND
    “Hosy” was a great friend with a refreshing sense of humor. He was very intelligent and insightful. He loved and was very proud of his children. He’s one that will be, and is, already, deeply missed.

  18. ULEN MINNESOTAOur deepest sympathy to the Holznagel family. I have many fond memories of Hozy when I think of my childhood I recall my dad (Steve Palmer) and Hozy and there life long friendship. I remember how proud he was to be a father. I also remember his smiling face. I remember my dad always saying he was the toughest guy he had ever know. A big teddy bear. He will be truly missed.

    Kris Palmer-Baumann and Family

    Dan Palmer

    Carol Palmer

    E.J Palmer

  19. Fargo ndWe were so sorry to read about Hosie.
    Please know we are here for you.
    You will be in our thoughts and prayers

    Bob and Cheryl Hager

  20. Moorhead Thoughts and prayers to the Holznagel family. Hozy was a great friend and co-worker of mine. Enjoyed celebrating our birthdays together! He always made me smile. I will dearly miss him!

  21. Palisade CODarling Pearl, Damian, and Deidra: I could not know, at the time of our last conversation early this year, that Ron and I would not see each other as discussed, in Western Co. Thankfully, our conversation was fun, funny, ridiculous, deep in areas, exciting, and hopeful, all the things Ron was to me. I was left with the feeling, that tho we han’t seen each other in a while, we were stil very much connected. The main impresion that I had however, was how much he loved his Family, and how proud and grateful he was for all of you. Peace…My Buddy, My
    Brother. I loved him too.

  22. Bismarck ND
    Damian and family,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May the memories of your father comfort.


  23. Seattle WashingtonHolznagel Family –
    As a classmate and friend, Hozy always exuded positive energy and inner strength. Ever the stand-up guy he will be missed by all who enjoyed the pleasure of his presence.
    Thanks for all the good times Ron.

  24. dilworth mnTo Hozy’s family:

    We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We loved Hozy and always felt like he was a part of our family as well.

    Trista and Jamie

  25. Fargo ND
    I am so Sorry for the loss of your Father, Son, brother. i just saw him a week ago, He was going to start riding bike. I will miss him.

  26. Phoenix AzI want to express my sincere sympathy to the family of our “Uncle Hozy” that is what my girls called him. Many years have passed since I had seen him, but as we all know love is a strong emotion and we all need to express it to each other. I can only smile when I think of him, he had his own way about him for sure!! Damian and Deidra, you know he thought the world of each of you, he was a very proud dad!!

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