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John O. Holkesvig

July 03, 1939 - May 26, 2018

Memorial Service - Tuesday

May 29, 2018
- 10:00 AM

Mavis Whiting Chapel at Bethany Retirement Living

Visitation - Tuesday

May 29, 2018
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Mavis Whiting Chapel of Bethany Retirement Living


Boulger Funeral Home

John O. Holkesvig

July 03, 1939 - May 26, 2018


John Ole Holkesvig, 78, passed away May 26, 2018 at Sanford Hospital, Fargo. John was born July 3, 1939 to Edwin and Lillian (Finell) Holkesvig in Mayville, ND. John married the love of his life, Sharon September 8, 1958 in Mayville, ND. He served our country in the Airforce for 3 years. He worked as an elevator manager until retirement in 2002. John loved the Minnesota Twins, music, playing guitar and piano, and dancing. John also loved spending time with his family and friends at the lake. He was known for being a very kind and gentle man, with a great sense of humor. John had a very strong faith and loved his family very much.

John is survived by his wife, Sharon; daughters, Debra Ensrud, Vicky Leen; sons, Jeffrey (Theresa) Holkesvig, Jay (Angela) Holkesvig, Cory Holkesvig; grandchildren, Thomas (Tiana) Leen, Terrance Leen, Alivia Holkesvig, Alayna Holkesvig, Alizabeth Holkesvig; and sibling, Laura Vigen.

John is preceded in death by his parents; brother, William Holkesvig; grandchild, Dustin Leen.

Memorial services will take place 10:00 AM Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at Bethany Retirement Living on University, Fargo. A visitation will take place a half hour prior to services Tuesday. Burial will take place at Aurdal Lutheran Church Cemetery at a later date.


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14 responses to “John O. Holkesvig”

  1. Jani & Roy Ehlers says:

    Jeff and Theresa
    We were so sorry to learn of the passing of Jeff’s father, and want you to know our prayers are with you. We think about you guys so much, and hope if we get to Park Rapids this summer, we can get together for a long over-due visit.
    Remember, death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal.
    Wishing you love and strength to carry you through this difficult time.
    With our deepest sympathy,
    Jani & Roy Ehlers
    Mesa, AZ

  2. Heather Vigen says:

    Sorry for your loss, thinking of you and your family!

  3. Ross Ensrud says:

    I am so thankful to have been a part of your family for all those years. Your taught me many things the most important lesson was what it meant to be a loving family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  4. Jim Haluska says:

    Deb, Sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. God’s peace be with you and your family at this difficult time.

  5. Dennis Enger says:

    I am a class mate at Portland class of 1957.I have a lot of fond memories of john, its been a few years now since we have visited. Is there a way when John will be layed to rest at Aurdall we could be notified, maybe by the Traill Country Trubune in Mayville
    God Bless John – – Rest in Peace

  6. Mary D Mahoney says:

    Sharon and family: I’m part of the Lepinski family, neighbors at Pine Lake years ago! I saw the obituary and recognized the photo and name right away. Your family made my parents’ time at the lake so memorable. My parents have passed, so on behalf of the Lepinski family, I’m sending our sympathies and prayers for your family. Peace.
    Mary Lepinski Mahoney
    Bismarck, ND

  7. maryhewitt says:

    Thinking of you all

  8. Jennifer Rooker says:

    To Sharon and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing. May God bless you and your family during this difficult time.

    My heartfelt condolences,

    Jennifer Rooker
    Calvin and Alex Leen

  9. Albert & Erin Gibson Family says:

    Debbie and family. Losing something you desire to keep is never easy (especially when it’s a loved one). May God comfort your hearts during this difficult time. May the God of heaven grant you the strength to rejoice in the times you’ve shared with him and the memories you have of him. May you find a peace (…in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God and the peace of God which passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus-Philippians 4:6-7). Please know you’re in our hearts and prayers!

  10. Nancy Turner says:

    You and your family are in my heart and in my prayers.

  11. Rod Nupdal says:

    Jeff, you and your family are in our prayers! Peace be with you.

  12. Shar Pape says:

    May all your special memories bring smiles to your faces and warm your hearts as you celebrate your husband/dads life.

  13. Kathy says:

    Thinking of the entire family today. Wish I could’ve been there to pay respect to an always Smiling Uncle. Take care Aunt Sharon and my cousins during this tough time. A card will soon follow from the relatives in Washington! P.S. I love the video – great pictures!

  14. Stephanie (Hanson) Burrell says:

    So very sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for the whole family.

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