THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
John Ryden Holmstead, 91, a devout Lutheran passed away on Sunday, Dec. 30 at Bay Area Medical Center, Marinette, with family by his side.
Born on Oct. 20, 1921 in Mankato, Minn. to the late Jennie Maria (Ryden) and Albert J. Holmstead, he graduated from North Branch High School.
After serving in the United States Army in France during World War II he took advantage of the GI Bill and studied at Princeton. He later graduated from the University of Minnesota, St. Paul. He worked for GMAC and traveled extensively. He met his wife while on an auditing assignment in Germany. After 35 years with GM he retired. He was a faithful member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church.
He leaves behind his wife of 49 years, Christa; two daughters, Karen (Mark) Hilton of Plano, Tex. and Janet (Todd) Schloegel of Menominee and seven grandchildren.
To honor his wishes he will be buried at his mothers side in North Branch, Minn. at a later date. No local services are scheduled. Any expressions of remembrance may be made in his name to Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Building Fund. Cadieu-Thielen Funeral Home is assisting the family.