Wilfred A. Holzinger, Sr., 81, of Highland, died Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, at his residence, with his family by his side.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Meridith Funeral Home in Highland, with the Rev. Adam Zawadzki, parochial vicar of St. Paul Catholic Church officiating. Interment was held in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Highland.
Mr. Holzinger was born March 16, 1938, in Pierron, to Albert and Frieda (Baumgartner) Holzinger. He married Jean Susanne (Sue) Young on April 27, 1963, in Coffeen, and she survives.
A 1956 graduate of St. Jacob High School, he served in the Navy from 1956 to 1960 on the Franklin D. Roosevelt aircraft carrier, and was stationed in Pensacola, FL.
He was a workaholic,who started out his younger years helping on the family farm and neighboring farms. He worked at various other places, such as Schneider's Grocery Store in Marine, the Highland Bowling Alley (when it was located on Broadway) and Demoulin Brothers in Greenville He was a member of the Highland Rotary Club and Greater Gateway Board of Realtors.
When he worked for Demoulin brothers, he met his wife. From there, he went on to start Holzinger Real Estate in 1968, and had ofices in Highland, Greenville, Litchfield, Staunton, Troy, Trenton and New Baden.
Since 2000, he and his wife have been working at Coldwell Banker Brown in Highland, where he was known as "the dinosaur" to his work cohorts. He loved spending time with his wonderful family and vacationing in Florida.
In addition to his wife of 56 years, he is survived by a daughter, Paula (Brad) Menz of Highland; son, Willie Holzinger of Highland; grandchildren, Jake Menz, Miranda Menz and Owen Holzinger; brother, Fremont (Betty) Holzinger of Highland; sisters, Alberta Holzinger of Highland and Antoinette Vaughn of Florida; brother-in-law, Randall (Thelma) Young of Decatur; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Justine Menz at birth.
Memorials may be made to the family or the Highland Animal Shelter.
Online condolences may be left at www.meritdithfuneralhome.com.