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Gerald F. Holthaus

Seneca, Kansas

12/10/1942 - 06/01/2022

Gerald Francis Holthaus,79 of Seneca, Kansas passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at Nemaha Valley Community Hospital on June 1, 2022.

Gerald was born at Vermillion, Kansas, the son of Gregory and Henrietta Hulsing Holthaus on Dec. 10, 1942.   He attended St. Mary’s School, St. Benedict, Kansas, thru his sophomore year when his parents moved to Axtell, Kansas, where he graduated in 1960. He attended Benedictine College for two years before enlisting in the Kansas National Guard in 1963.  His unit was activated in 1968 due to Vietnam Conflict. He was honorably discharged in August 1969 with rank of Staff Sargent E-6.

On October 10, 1964, Jerry married Iris Stueve at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Axtell.

They made their home in Topeka, Kansas, where Jerry was employed by Good Year Tire and Rubber. He retired in 2004 after 40 years as the Midwest Logistic and Distribution Manager. After retiring he did volunteer work for St. Francis Hospital, Topeka and Red Cross. He also worked at Dillons Grocery, Topeka.

Jerry was a member of St. Peter and Paul Church, St. Joseph Society, and an honorary life member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1769. Which he was very proud. He loved to sing in their choir.

Jerry had a passion for sports and loved watching his daughters play and his grandchildren. He really enjoyed seeing his little great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Ava L. Steinlage on April 28, 2011; a son-in-law, Frank Hulsing on November 24, 2018; his parents, Gregory Holthaus on January 12, 2001, and Henrietta Holthaus on March 17, 2013; his brother, Victor Holthaus on August 6, 2018; and a nephew, Eric Holthaus on June 16, 2018. Also, his great pal, Buffy.

Gerald is survived by his wife Iris, four daughters, Stephanie Hulsing (Fiancé) Dale Haverkamp of Seneca, Anissa (Corey) Bloom of Wetmore, Chantel (Ron) Heinen of Seneca and Shana (David) Steinlage of Centralia; and two brothers, Duane (Marleen) Holthaus and Richard (Carol) Holthaus both of Axtell; a sister, Mary Beth (Tom) Haverkamp of Seneca; 14 grandchildren; and nine great -grandchildren, with two on the way.

Rosaries will be prayed at 2 & 7 P.M. at Lauer Funeral Home on   Friday, June 3, 2022.  The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10AM on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be left in Gerald’s name to Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church and/or the Baileyville Benefit, sent in care of the family.

Rosaries will be prayed at 2 & 7 P.M. at Lauer Funeral Home on  Friday, June 3, 2022.  The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10AM on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be left in Gerald’s name to Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church and/or the Baileyville Benefit, sent in care of the family.

Rosaries will be prayed at 2 & 7 P.M. at Lauer Funeral Home on  Friday, June 3, 2022.  The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10AM on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be left in Gerald’s name to Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church and/or the Baileyville Benefit, sent in care of the family.

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10 Comments

  1. Ed& Kim Bergman on June 1, 2022 at 6:04 pm

    Our condolences to the family,

    • Larry and Diane Hasenkamp on June 3, 2022 at 10:05 am

      So sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with Iris and her family!!!

  2. Damon and Julie Putnam on June 2, 2022 at 9:27 am

    Sorry for your lost. Our prayer are with you and your family.

  3. Linda Buessing on June 2, 2022 at 3:09 pm

    Jerry always had a smile on his face and willing to visit each time I encountered him! It was sure nice to keep up on his girls and their families at Basketball games. He and Iris were special people. May he rest in peace. God bless his family with peace also!

  4. Gary and Norma Bruning on June 2, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    Jerry had a signature pleasant smile. Lifting his family and friends up in prayer for strength and comfort in their loss. Blessings being sent- Amen

  5. Marsha Hulsing on June 3, 2022 at 7:07 am

    Our sympathy to Iris, and all of the girls and their families. May he rest in peace.

  6. Keith and Jennifer Reicherter on June 3, 2022 at 9:17 am

    My deepest condolences to your family. Growing up and spending the night at your house Jerry always seemed like a perfect father figure after my Dad died.
    I hope you find peace in fond memories.
    Jennifer Boeckmann Reicherter

  7. Patricia D Oates on June 3, 2022 at 10:53 am

    So sorry for your loss, he was such a great man and all of us at Goodyear enjoyed working for Jerry. He was one boss that you always knew where you stood and all respected him for that. May he rest in peace.

  8. Alvin Gerstner on June 3, 2022 at 4:37 pm

    Sorry for your loss! Jerry and me were in the National Guard together. Then we worked together for the Salvation Army going to New Orleans to drive back canteen trucks. We spent two weeks in Greenberg after the tornado. Rest In Peace!

  9. Joni Deters on June 3, 2022 at 9:48 pm

    So sorry for your loss.
    I didn’t get to know him well but looked forward to seeing him every day. Air hug

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