On May 30th, 2016 our father Vernon Arthur Holzmann went to join our mother Marge and continue the journey they started 63 years ago.

Our father was born to hard working farm parents, Arthur and Loretta (Andre) Holzmann, on January 9, 1925. He moved from farm to farm in Sheboygan and Fond du Lac counties with his brother Raymond (deceased), sisters Dorothy May (deceased) and Kathleen Bardon of Greenbush.

He was brought up in the Great Depression and told us the story of wearing underwear made from old flour sacks. (Did they have fabric softener back then?) He attended a one room school house he walked to everyday, in all kinds of weather, so the story goes. In Plymouth High school he developed his lifelong love of Sheepshead, playing and smoking with his buddies in the auditorium.

After graduation in 1943, he stayed on the farm until entering the service at Camp Atterberry, Indiana, starting boot camp at Nashville, Tennessee and stationed from September 25th to May 23, 1951, serving for 9 months, being honorably discharged with a farm deferment.

Our father loved to listen to the Big Bands that toured the country and on one fateful Saturday night he met our Mother Margaret Ann Schrage at the Round Lake dance hall and danced the night away. (The funny part was they were both there with different dates!) They married on June 21, 1952 at Mt. Calvary, WI.

Dad then worked at the Soo Line Railroad Company, got laid off, worked at the Plymouth Cleveland Container and got laid off again. Needing to raise a family, he made the wrenching decision to cross the picket line during the now famous Kohler Company strike, where he stayed until he retired in 1987.

We all grew up together in a beautiful home in Greenbush, where he stayed until he was 90 years old. He served with the Greenbush Fire Department for 34 years.

Being a master at getting the most for his money he cut our hair with kitchen scissors and we used margarine, which back then was illegally procured from Illinois. He actually brought live chickens home while we were all young and started the process to the freezer in the backyard, somehow thinking this was cheaper than buying them? OMG Dad, we were not farm children! The shrieks coming out of us were enough for him to never try his again. Thank God.

He and Mom traveled the world; they went to Europe, Mexico and Hawaii. He loved auctions, garage sales, anything free (like the pens at the Kohler Credit Union, last count 35), playing sheepshead with his buddies at the town hall, mowing the lawn every 3 days, Bunko with his sister and children, McDonalds coffee with his special friends and gambling at Oneida, still driving there at the age of 90! (We all now have white hair, some might possibly be dyed.)

He will be remembered by his children: Mary Jo (Paul) Mesich, Michael (Tina) Holzmann, Marjean Mueller, Mark Holzmann, Cathy (Peter) Pagelow; his grandchildren: Matt Mueller, Tim Holzmann, Nicole, Yohann and Kaleah Holzmann; his sister: Kathy Bardon; sisters and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins and we remember our dear sister Maureen who passed away far too young.

We would like to thank the staff at the Waterford, Pine Haven and Sharon S. Richardson Hospice for all the loving and concerned care they gave to our father. You are all angels in our eyes.

Dad, we will never forget your bossiness, the strong work ethic you instilled in us, your sense of humor, and your winning smile that started in those twinkly eyes. Love you always Dad.

Memorial services will be held on Friday evening, June 3, 2016 at 6 p.m. at Suchon Funeral Home in Plymouth. Father Dan Volkert will officiate. Cremation has taken place and Inurnment will be in the St. Thomas Aquinas South Cemetery in Greenbush.

The Plymouth VFW Cheese Center Post # 5612 will conduct military rites at the funeral home following the services.

Friends may call at the Suchon Funeral Home from 4 p.m. on Friday (June 3) until time of services.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in Vern’s name.

The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Plymouth is serving the family. For online condolences, please visit

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