THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
On Sunday , Feb. 16, 2014, Alf Ray Holstead, a kind and gentle soul, left this earth to join the love of his life, Dorothy. Ray was the son of the late Sverrre & Margot (Berg) Holstead. He was the husband to Dorothy Sedlar, father to eight, grandfather to 27, great grandfather to 34, brother to two and friend to many.
Ray was born in Evanston, IL on December 23, 1927. In his youth he also lived in Norway Europe, Younkers, NY and eventually settled in Crivitz, WI. He served in the US Army from 1947 until 1950. On May 5, 1951 Ray married the former Dorothy Sedlar at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Crivitz. She preceded him in death on August 3, 2010. They moved to Green Bay where Ray used his engineering training and began a job at Wisconsin Public Service as a maintenance machinist. He retired in 1989 after working at the Pulliam Plant for 38 years.
He enjoyed the outdoors and often could be found at his cottage on his land in Crivitz. Ray always made everyone feel welcome and appreciated, whether it was with a firm handshake or the hug of a bear. He was a joy to be around and was optimistic every day. Ray chose to make every day a great day. He gave of himself so that others could realize their goals and potentials in their own lives. Ray was about family. There was nothing more important to him than his family and was willing to do whatever it took to make sure their lives were complete.
Ray is survived by his children: Gary (Debby) Holstead, Plainfield, IL; Patricia (Ward) Erdmann, Rose (Bruce) Jagodinsky, Dan (Cheryn) Holstead, Amy (Mark) Laha, Steve (Sue) Holstead, Barb (Tom) Mayville and Cheryl (Tim) De Baker all of Green Bay; 26 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; sister, Marion (Randy) Kuehl, Green Bay; brother, Frank (Hannah) Holstead, North Carolina; five sisters in law: Fran Kwatowski, Marcella Sedlar, both of Crivitz; Ann Sedlar, Jean Sedlar, both of Milwaukee and Angie (Jerry) Ruden, Memphis, TN, many nieces and nephews and his extended family at Care For All Ages, Unity Hospice and the NEW Curative Workshop.
He was preceded in death by his wife, and one grandson, Alan.
Friends may call at the Proko-Wall Funeral Home, 1630 E. Mason St., from 4:00 - 8:00pm Wednesday. Parish Wake service 7:00 pm Wednesday. Visitation will continue after 9:30 am Thursday at Annunciation Catholic Church, 401 Gray St. until time of mass. Funeral Mass 10:30 am Thursday at the church with Rev. Ryan Krueger officiating. Entombment in the Fort Howard Memorial Park. A memorial fund has been established in Ray's name. Online condolences may be sent to the Holstead family at www.prokowall.com.
Ray made his life an example for all of us; strength, kindness, compassion and care, without ever having to work at it or knowing that he was teaching us. We will miss you Grandpa Hooray!