Wilhelm “Bill” G. Holz passed away at home Sept. 9, 2019.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 1615 N. 18th St., Bismarck.
Bill was born Dec. 10, 1936, in Faith, S.D., to Wilhelm and Emily Holz. He was the youngest of 11 children. He was welcomed into the Schlomer family at the age of 8 by Walter and Maria in Glenham, S.D., a year into their marriage. The Schlomer’s unselfish love and Christian example helped pave the way for the man he would become.
Bill graduated high school in 1955 and lived in San Diego, Calif., where he then joined the Army and served in Germany. In 1963 he joined the Bismarck Fire Department. Through his co-worker, Charles “Dutch” Graves, he met his soon-to-be wife, Ardith Graves. They married in October 1965 and had three children. He continued to work for the fire department until his retirement in 2000. After Ardie’s retirement, they enjoyed spending the cold winters in a much warmer Arizona. Throughout his life he was generous with this time, always putting others first, and was well-loved by many. He will be greatly missed.
Bill leaves behind, his wife, Ardith (née Graves) Holz; his children, Cora (Brad) Griffith, Tracy (Joni) Holz, and Elizabeth Holz; his grandchildren, Brady and Taylor Griffith; his siblings, Larry (Marlene) Schlomer, Lorna (Arnie) Lemke, Dorotha (Willie) Hall, Mary Anne (Jason) Person, Jane Johnson, Michael (Becky) Schlomer, Danne (Colleen) Schlomer, Dick Rasmussen, and Joy Palmer. He also leaves numerous friends, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilhelm and Emily Holz and Walter and Maria Schlomer; his siblings, Malinda Holz, May Williams, Alfred Holz, Leo Holz, Gertrude Heck, Anna Sommerlade, Eva Morrison, Minnie Schlauch, Sophie Rasmussen; his niece, Linda Rasmussen and nephew Stuart Pfenning.
Go to www.eastgatefuneral.com to share memories of Bill and sign the online guest book.
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