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John Henry “Hank” Holstein

Former long-time Conrad resident John Henry “Hank” Holstein, 90, passed away on Jan. 16 in Midland, Texas.

He was born in Sugar City, Idaho on July 14, 1923 to Gottfried and Maria (Bischoff) Holstein. His parents were recent German immigrants from the Volga region of Russia.

Hank moved to Conrad in 1939 with his parents and siblings. They started out farming an area that is now a part of the Conrad Airport before renting the Hales Farm north of town. Around 1948, they bought a farm northwest of Conrad. As an adult, Hank lovingly cared for his parents and continued to work the farm until they passed away.

In 1963, he met Carole Beckett, a new teacher in town from Akron, Ohio. They married on Dec. 19 of that year at the Presbyterian Church. Hank eventually gave up farming and went to work at Reiner’s Grocery Store and later as a custodian for the school district. Hank and Carole also spent several years as proprietors of the Town Pump station.

Hank enjoyed bowling at The Branding Iron and was a member of the Moose Lodge. He could be found most mornings drinking coffee at Home Café.

In 1985, Hank, Carole, and their five children moved to Boulder for a brief time, before moving on to Texas where they settled in Midland in 1989. Hank was a dedicated family man. He was adventurous and loved to travel.

Hank is survived by his five children, Bill of Dumfries, Va., Helen Farson of Wichita Falls, Texas, Jim of Portland, Ore., Karel Rivera of Midland, Texas, and Diana of Big Spring, Texas; and 14 grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Lee Holstine of Meridian, Idaho.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Alvina Hinckley, brothers Ed and Fred, and his wife Carole.

Hank and his wife will be laid to rest at Hillside Cemetery next to his parents at a date to be determined.