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Herman Holtkamp

November 22, 2016 GMT

HAWARDEN, Iowa | Herman H. Holtkamp, 87, of Hawarden, died Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, at Hillcrest Health Care Center in Hawarden.

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church, LCMS, in Hawarden, with the Rev. Michael Boothby officiating. Burial will be in Grace Hill Cemetery, with military rites by the Two Oaks American Legion Post 254 of Hawarden. Visitation will begin at noon today, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. followed by visitation with the family until 8 p.m., at Porter Funeral Home in Hawarden. Condolences may be sent to www.porterfuneralhomes.com.

Herman Herbert Holtkamp was born in Union County, S.D., on Feb. 11, 1929, to Frank and Amelia (Wendel) Holtkamp. He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hawarden. He attended Williams Country School in Union County.

Herman served with the U.S. Army from August 1951 to May 1953 during the Korean War. He was a platoon sergeant and received a Bronze Star Medal along with other service medals.

On Dec. 27, 1951, Herman and Esther Ludwig were united in marriage at Peace Lutheran Church in Alcester, S.D. Upon his return from military service, they farmed in Union County. They retired from farming and moved into Hawarden, but Herman continued to go out and help many area farmers.

He was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church, where he served as a trustee and on the finance board. He was a member of Hawarden American Legion Post 254 and enjoyed fishing, wood crafts, and tinkering with John Deere tractors.

Herman is survived by his wife, Esther; daughter, Rhoda Lockhorst and husband, Gary of Hawarden; brother, Walter Holtkamp and wife, Jo of Alcester; and two grandchildren, Eric Lockhorst and wife, Robin and their son, Mason, and Rachel Stahlecker and her husband, Josh and their daughters, Emery, Calliope, and Aubrey.

Herman was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Wendel Holtkamp and his wife, Lavonne; three sisters, Margaret Heiman and husband, Burdette, Dorothy Heiman and husband, Gus, and Louise Holtkamp; and a sister-in-law, Gladys Holtkamp.