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Charles Holman

Charles M. Holman, age 78, of Atwater, passed away Monday morning, Sept. 28, at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Rochester.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept 30, at the Hector Convention Grounds located at 83864 CR 16, Hector, MN  55342.  Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30, (2 hours prior to the service). The CDC COVID-19 safety guidelines will be followed (wear a mask and social distance) .  A private interment will be at a later date at Union Cemetery in Atwater.  Arrangements are with Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar. www.petersonbrothers.com

Charles Milton Holman was born on May 21, 1942, in Park Rapids, Minnesota, the son of Milton and Ethel (Warner) Holman.  His early childhood years included time in California and Texas but were mostly spent in Park Rapids, Minnesota.  He graduated from Silver Bay High School in 1960 and attended college at the U of M Duluth and U of MN Minneapolis, graduating with a degree in Electrical Engineering.  Charles was married to Jean Elvira Skoglund 56 years ago.  They made their home in Silver Bay and Minneapolis before moving to Atwater in 1974.  He was employed at Reserve Mining Company in Silver Bay and at MagCon in Minneapolis.  He and two business partners founded SysTec in Minneapolis.  Later he founded the Solid State Time Company in Atwater.  Charles and Jean enjoyed traveling, helping others, spending their winters down in Texas and helping prepare for our annual spiritual conventions.  He loved God, family, reading his bible, friendships and going to every meeting, which fed his soul.  He grew up enjoying home fellowship meetings like his parents and grandparents did before him.

He is survived by his wife, Jean of Atwater; three children, Lorna (and Jerry) Topinka of Menasha, WI., Juanita (and Doug) Bergh of Casselton, ND., and Brad Holman of Springfield, MO.; five grandchildren, Brett and Britney Topinka, Cassie (and Daniel) Simpson, Allison and Matthew Bergh.  Also surviving are two brothers, Roger (and Kathy) Holman of Chisholm, MN., and Tim (and Lois) Holman of Liberty Lake, WA.; three sisters, Beverly (and Bob) Simmons of Greenville, MI., Darlene Spars (and Stephen Hancock) of Naples, FL., and Adelle Jorgenson of Harris, MN., besides other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother in infancy.

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Our paths crossed several times in several places and very glad for those times together, leaving with pleasant memories. Having lost my life mate brings into sharp focus your feeling of loss at this time. I wish you the best as you make adjustments for the onward march of life.

Jim Shelby Sep 29 2020 12:00 AM

Jean, I know it has been MANY years since we worked together at the hospital in Litchfield. My DEEPEST sympathy on your loss!

Kathy (Anderson) Nelson Sep 29 2020 12:00 AM

Chuck and Jean have been stable pillar fixtures for as long as I can remember. Chuck was amazing until his misfortune which took his abilities, but he coped as well or better than most would be able to. Now, he is released from all the cares of life, and stepping thro the Door of death into the Door of the eternalfuture. It was evident that his main purpose and interest in life was to live for this day.

Betty (Weiland) Droel Sep 29 2020 12:00 AM

Sending deepest sympathy, care, & love to all the family. Thankful for the brief time we knew Charles. Frank & Elaine Kraft

Elaine Kraft Sep 29 2020 12:00 AM

With care and sympathy from the SouthSara, Simon, Max and the Wayne and Laura Henderson families

Sara, Simon, Max and the Wayne and Laura Henderson families Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Mr. Holman was one of the most honest and caring people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I can think of no better way to remember him than bringing new life to this world by planting a tree.John and Paula Ingeman & family

John and Paula Ingeman & family Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time. May your memories give you strength.NAU Country

NAU Country Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM