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Obituary for Paul David Holtz

Paul David Holtz, age 80 of Shakopee, passed away on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee.
He was born on June 11, 1937 in a nursing home in Excelsior, Minnesota. Paul, along with his two older brothers, Robert and Donald, grew up the sons of a farm couple, Rueben and Bertie Holtz. Paul and his brother, Don, belonged to the Sugar City 4-H Club and showed dairy cattle at the Carver County Fair and the Minnesota State Fair for a number of years, taking home many ribbons.
Music was always a part of his life and one part of that was singing. Paul sang in the Chaska High School choir for four years, St. John’s Lutheran Church choir for about six years and other choirs, ranging from small guitar choirs to the Westwood choir of about eighty-five people at their largest. Drums were the other half of his musical interest, which started as a child on the farm banging on kitchen pans when feeding the pigs table scraps. He continued on drums with the Chaska Drum and Bugle Corps, a small gathering of Chaska men including a local doctor, a “Big Band”, a five piece band in San Francisco while in the service, and a small church band.
After high school, he attended the University of Minnesota for some time, but then enlisted in the United States Army and served for two years as part of the country’s missile defense system. He then came home and attended the Minnesota School of Business and joined the office staff of Crystal Sugar in Chaska, staying there for eight years in the plant. During his last year at Crystal Sugar, he trained for and received a commercial pilot’s license and became a flight instructor in Austin, Minnesota. Paul’s other accomplishments include working for the City of Winona, sales, being a business owner in Shakopee, managing a hardware store and driving school bus for several years. On April 9, 1960 Paul married Judy Brandon in St. John’s Lutheran Church in Chaska.
Paul is survived by his wife, Judy; daughter, Penny Goetz; grandchildren, Luke, Danielle (Fiancé, Darin Kusler); great-grandchild, Adi; brothers, Robert (Lois) Holtz, Don Holtz; many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his beloved son, Greg; parents, Rueben and Bertie.

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King of Glory Lutheran Church

2488 East Vierling Drive
Shakopee, Minnesota 55379

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King of Glory Lutheran Church

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Shakopee, Minnesota 55379

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St. John's Lutheran Cemetery

1888 Stoughton Ave.
Chaska, MN 55318


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