Obituary: Clayton Holzman (07/20/22) | The Mars Daily Sentinel

Clayton L. Holzman, 90, of the Mars, died at his home on Monday, July 18, 2022, surrounded by loved ones.

Clayton Leo Holzman was born on September 8, 1931 in Le Mars, the son of Frank and Josephine (Kemp) Holzman. He attended Saint-Joseph du Mars Catholic School, where he graduated in 1949.

After graduating, Clayton enlisted in the United States Army. He received his basic training at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania. The rest of his service was spent overseas in Japan. He received his honorable discharge in 1954 and returned to Mars.

Clayton Holzman

Clayton and Lois Brouillette were married at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Salix, April 28, 1956. Clayton worked for Pew Motors until 1960. He then worked as a food and seed salesman with Dr. Macdonald’s. After his time there, he represented Renze Seed as a seller. Throughout his professional career, Clayton has also been a farmer.

He was a member of All Saints Catholic Parish in Le Mars and of the Knights of Columbus. His grandchildren liked to go for car rides with their grandfather. Clayton also enjoyed playing Solitaire and cards with his family.

He will be fondly remembered by his wife of 66 years, Lois Holzman of the Mars; his children and their spouses, Cindy and Dave Rolfes, Russ and Terri Holzman, Kirk and Kim Holzman all of Le Mars, Laura and Suresh Mathai of San Francisco, California; and Tim and Dianne Holzman of Arnolds Park; grandchildren, Angie (Jason) Stellingwerf, Jay (Allison) Rolfes, Tony (Koryn) Rolfes, Jessi (Nick) Tiernan, Desiree (Mike) Nichols, Leah (Michael) Uthe, Scott Campbell, Tyler Holzman, Josie Holzman, Mallika (Zach Ehren) Mathai, Kelsey Holzman, Kyle Holzman and Korey Holzman; great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Haley (Dylan), Braden, Kade, Mason, Lauren, Cameron, Hannah, Jack, Mya, Kendall, Lincoln, Lexi, Lilah, Stanley, Elijah and Milo; sisters, Elaine Pew of San Moreno, Calif., Edna Holzman of Omaha, Nebraska, Betty (Roger) Curry of Saratoga, Calif.; one brother, Roger Holzman of Houston, Texas; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Marian Holzman of Alton, Nancy Holzman of Le Mars, Ella Belle Peterson of Sloan, Bill Tice of Fairfield Bay, Arkansas; and many nieces and nephews.

His parents predeceased him; sisters and brothers-in-law, Marian and Irvin Gotto, Joann and Baldy Anthony and Bill Pew; grandson, Michael Rolfes; brothers, Gordon, Marvin, Stanley and Leon Holzman; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Ouida and Pat Patterson, Elaine and Bernie Zwinger, Delores and Clyde Johnson, Errol and Lavonne Brouillette, Lavonne Tice, Lillian and Francis Small, Iona and Earl Stoulp and Wayne Peterson.

Memorials can be directed to Then Feed Just One, 309 8th St. SW, Le Mars, Iowa 51031, All Saints Catholic Parish or Gehlen Catholic Schools.

Christian Burial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 22 at All Saints-St. Church of Saint-Joseph du Mars. Prof. Bruce Lawler will celebrate Mass. Burial with military honors will follow at Calvaire Cemetery in Le Mars.

Visitation begins at 2 p.m. Thursday, with a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 5:30 p.m. and a Bible prayer service at 7 p.m., all at the church. The family will welcome friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will also be a visiting hour at the church on the Friday before the funeral.

Arrangements are with the Mauer-Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars. Expressions of sympathy can be addressed to

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