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David Raymond Von Holtum

December 23, 1936 September 18, 2009
David Raymond Von Holtum
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Obituary for David Raymond Von Holtum

Worthington, MN

     David Raymond Von Holtum, 72, was born on December 23, 1936, in Luverne, MN, the son of Edmund and Ellen “Nellie” (Maher) Von Holtum. He grew up on a farm in the Lismore area and attended St. Anthony School in Lismore. David graduated from St. Mary’s College and received his law degree from the University of MN Law School. He served in the Judge Advocate General Corps of the United States Army and received the Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service. David joined the law firm of Grose and Von Holtum in 1964. David married Mary Szalewicz on December 8, 1967, in Sioux Falls, SD. He continued to practice law in Worthington until his death. He was an avid reader.
     David and his son, Stephen Von Holtum, died in a car accident on Friday, September 18, 2009, near Round Lake, MN.
     David is survived by his wife, Mary Von Holtum of Worthington, MN; his children, Jeffrey (fianceé Jeanne) Von Holtum of Minneapolis, MN, Amy (Keith) Johnson of DeSmet, SD, Julie (Douglas) Haack of Ocheyedan, IA, Kerry Von Holtum of Sioux Falls, SD, Mary Ellen “Molly” (Ehrland) Truitt of Sante Fe, NM, Joseph Von Holtum of Vermillion, SD, and Mitchell Von Holtum of Sioux Falls, SD, and eight grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings, Lois Russell of Middleton, WI, Jean O’Brien of Mt. Prospect, IL, and Eileen “Tuts” Von Holtum of Ringle, WI; two sisters-in-law, Patsy and Janet Von Holtum, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, John and William Von Holtum.
     Funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, September 22, 2009, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Worthington, with Father Larry Brixius officiating.

Visitation will be from 4-8 pm on Monday September 21, 2009, at the Benson Funeral Home in Worthington.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to Second Chance Rescue of Sioux Falls, SD, Sioux Falls Humane Society, Epilepsy Foundation of MN or St. Mary’s Church.

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