William Holman

william holman

William "Bill" Holman age 76, Fargo, North Dakota, resident of Bethany Towers II Living Center, passed away on December 29, 2010. He was under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

William Alan Holman was born in Fargo, North Dakota October 26, 1934 to Anna Elizabeth (Ostenson) and Willard William Holman. As a young boy he was very active in sports. Bill played hockey, baseball and football. In the ninth grade Bill and Roger Maris were teammates on the Roosevelt Junior High School football team. Bill was also a teammate of Roger Maris' on the 1951 American Legion Post #2 baseball team as a pitcher.

Bill graduated from Fargo Central High School in 1952. While attending North Dakota State University, Bill worked at the NDSU experiment station. In January 1955, he joined the United States Army. He took his infantry training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Several months later he left for Europe. He was stationed in Germany and France. He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. Bill was discharged January 1, 1958. Bill was also a member of the North Dakota Air National Guard 178th Fighter Squadron for two years.

Bill started working for Northern Drug Company in July 1958. He then left Northern Drug Company in March of 1969 to begin working at the NDSU Varsity Mart in April of 1969. He retired from NDSU March 31, 1997.

Bill was a member of the American Legion Post #2, AMVETS, Pheasants Forever, NDSU Team Makers Club, and Gethsemane Cathedral. Bill was an avid pheasant hunter and outdoorsman. Bill enjoyed lake time in the summer with his brothers and spending time with nieces and nephews for birthdays, holidays and special occasions.

Thanks to Dr. Glenn Mastel and Dr. Michael Segal, Sanford Medical Center, Bethany Homes and Hospice of the Red River Valley employees. You were all special to Bill.

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  1. My mom works at ND
    SU in the Varsity Mart. When I was little, I would go visit her and hang out until she got off work. Bill was one of my very favorite people to see when I was there. He was so nice to me and such a fun guy. He was always missed after he retired. Our prayers are with his family.

  2. Moorhead MN
    Uncle Bill,
    You have become a big part of our family. You have left us with so many memories of Bison games, Rollag, weekend donuts and the Clay County Fair. We will remember you as we continue these traditions you have made. Halloween will not be the same without you!!
    You will be missed but forever live in our hearts.

  3. Bill will always be remembered as a great guy that always cared for everybody, and made you laugh even when you sad. I would like to thank him for being a very good uncle!! I will never forget Uncle Bill.

  4. Sioux Falls SDBill Holman: What a class fella. Back in 69 I was basketball coach at ND
    I met Bill Holman as he became a member of the Dick Kasper Varsity Mart team.

    My sympathy to all of you family members.

    For my entire career at ND
    SU Bill was there for everybody at the Varisty Mart.

    Bill and Dick helped promote FCA with Bison Cushions and then thelped promote Health Fairs with Varsity Mart Wooden Nickels.

    Our breakfast chats at the Frying Pan are some of my best memories.
    Bill would be there reading the Forum.
    Our discussions were about his playing baseball with Roger Maris, his love for his family and those summer lake times, his love for sports and life, and both of our enjoyment hunting pheasants.

    Bill was one special person. He excelled in helping all students.
    He deserves an A+.

    A memorial for Bill has been sent to the American Cancer Society.

    Lyle Vernon “Bud” Belk, Ph.D.
    Retired Associate Professor HPER
    North Dakota State University

    I AM VISITING SON IN TWIN CITIES AND HAVE HAD PROBLEMS WITH COMPUTER – CALLED YOUR OFFICE TONIGHT – Earlier today I talked via phone with Mike Holman – hopefully, none of my drafts of this about Bill cam thru and since this is my final draft – hopefully you will receive it..my phone is 605-237-0368 I am here for another day..so maybe you could call me…Thank you…..

  5. Fargo ND
    I met Bill soon after starting my teaching there. He was a real fun dude, always had something upbeat, something that made me smile, laugh.

    We had a bunch of inside jokes that always clicked with us.

    I will miss you, Bill Holman.

    Lew Lubka

  6. Highlands Ranch ColoradoUncle Bill:
    I will always remember all the great times I spent with you and Grandma on 10th Street. So glad that Kayla and I got to see you this summer! You will be missed!

    Kerry, Liz and Kayla Hardy

  7. Fargo ND
    Very saddened to hear the passing of Bill. What a great neighbor he was. Bill always had a friendly hello, and such a great person to visit with through the backyards or while he was cleaning his gutters. Very fond memories of Bill bringing ice cream cups out to all the kids in the neighborhood on hot days and always taking their pictures on Halloween for the parents and letting them choose their own special treat. Bill will be dearly missed.
    Thoughts and prayers to his family.

  8. Uncle Bill
    From all the times we went shopping together to the funny stories to the wonderful times you would bring us goodies (and BOY WERE THEY GOOD!) all of the Families Nicknames will live on!!
    I remember all your smiles, laughs, and love. Our Last conversation a week before you went “To be with Mom and Dad and Brother Jim” in Heaven, meant the world to me. I still hope and pray that we will talk again as I know you promised:) Your advice and love for all your family will live forever in our hearts. You were a blessing to everyone you come in contact with. I have my ND
    SU bison by my side and it still smells like You 🙂
    I love you Uncle Bill and you will ALWAYS be around us in spirit!
    Your Great Niece
    Beryl aka Silbernagel

  9. Fargo ND
    Fond Memories of Uncle Bill:
    As a young child I remember Uncle Bill greeting my sisters’and I with a tweek on our cheeks and his big toothy grin, saying: “Quack, hi Risa, hi Ruthie, hi Pammy.” We were a little reluctant to respond to him at first but soon felt comfortable around him.
    Uncle Bill was thoughtful and generous. He displayed many acts of kindness. I remember the treats he would leave at our back door on third street and the times he would pick us up in his “Batmobile” ( his black and white Ford) for a drive and/or a trip to Jack ‘N Jill for candy. When we arrived at the store he would tell us to pick out any candy that we liked – WOW!
    In junior high my dad and Bill and I would attend Concordia College basketball games together – more fun memories.
    As an adult, I saw a more endearing, compassionate Uncle Bill – he was very good to my dad – especially in my dad’s last days here on earth. I experienced Bill’s willingness and wish to console me the day before my dad died – he had a serious look in his eyes and he said to me: “Your dad can get better, I’ve seen people in your dad’s condition improve and get better.”
    One last endearing memory of Uncle Bill was the day of my father James’ funeral nearly two years ago – Bill was one of the last to leave the church. We stood side by side viewing the photos on the table, he then gathered the boyhood photo of he and my dad, sighed while looking at it and with tears in his eyes whispered goodbye.
    Bill was real – he cared, loved and shared. He will be missed.
    Love, Ruth

  10. Fargo North Dakota
    Uncle Bill was a very thoughful person who always had a way to make someone smile and laugh.
    I have wonderful memories of him and also of the many hunting trips and Bison football games that he had spent with my dad over the years. They had many great times together!
    You will be missed Uncle Bill.
    Love, Pam

  11. Fargo ND
    Rest in Peace Uncle Bill Thanks for all you have done for me …..
    Uncle Bill was very good to all his nieces and Nephews he will be greatly missed , Love Scott

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