Mark A. Hollatz
SMSGT, (Retired), Mark A. Hollatz, 86, passed on to eternal life on Nov. 2, 2018, from ongoing health issues.
Visitation will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20, continuing until the 11 a.m. Memorial Service at Bell Brothers Funeral Home, 601 N. 56th Ave. W., Duluth, Minnesota. Inurnment will be at the new State Veterans Cemetery in Pike Lake, Minnesota, at a later date.
Born to Alfonse and Marie Hollatz in Humphrey, Mark served our country for 29 years in the US Air Force. He was assigned several overseas tours, including Guam, Korea, Vietnam, Turkey and Germany. Stateside, Mark was assigned to California, Minnesota, Texas, Arizona, Nebraska and North Dakota. Many happy memories were made. He was a member of VFW Post 137 the American Legion #71.
He enjoyed fishing and gardening, family get-togethers, and polka music. He loved watching and feeding the birds and squirrels that were sure to come around the house, better than watching TV, he thought. Unless of course there was a good Vikings football or Twins baseball game on, he would sit in his favorite chair, with his team hat on his head, and cheering, calling his sons to make a bet who would win. Reading the Nebraska newspapers and magazines was something he looked forward to coming in the mail. Growing up working on the farm, it was natural for him to work again with the plants and soil.
After retirement from the Air Force, he was employed at Carlson's Florist and Greenhouse, which he enjoyed very much, while meeting a lot of wonderful people; he likes to keep in touch with them.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Thelma Darlene Hollatz; brother, Gerald (Linda) of Columbus; sister-in-law, Carolyn Hollatz of Boulder City, Nevada; children, Scott Hollatz of Duluth, Minnesota, Dennis Hollatz of Owatonna, Minnesota, Gary Hollatz of Haughton, Louisiana, daughter, Julie Ashcraft of Boise, Idaho; five grandchildren, Christopher and Timothy Knight, Jason Hollatz, Ashley McCall and Justin Hollatz; one great-grandchild, Adalyn Knight; and many nieces and nephews.
Mark is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Eugene, Donald, LaVern (Smokey), and Melvin Hollatz; and his son, Bryon.
The family wishes to thank those who cared for him at North Shore Estates, Essentia Hospital and Solvay Hospice House.
Memorials may be sent to your favorite charity.