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James W. Holtberg Aug. 7, 1923 - Nov. 24, 2008

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GLENWOOD -- James W. "Jim" Holtberg, 85, of Glenwood, died Monday at Glenwood Retirement Village Care Center in Glenwood.

The service will be at 10:30 a.m. today at Glenwood Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Glenwood Lutheran Cemetery

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Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are by Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood.

He was born Aug. 7, 1923, in Lowry to Arnie and Hilma (Anderson) Holtberg. He attended Lowry Elementary School and graduated from Glenwood High School in 1941.

On March 28, 1943, he married Betty Helgeson in Glenwood. He served in the U.S. Army from 1943 until 1946. He returned to Glenwood. He worked for Bob's Meat Market in Glenwood until being hired by the Soo Line Railroad, where he served as an engineer for 38 years until his retirement in 1983.

He was a 37-year veteran of the Glenwood Fire Department, a past member of the Glenwood Jaycees, a member of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion posts, a longtime Pope County gun safety instructor and a member of Glenwood Lutheran Church, where he was an usher. He helped build the original Soo Line locomotive that was used for years in the Waterama Parade.

He is survived by his children: Robert (and Joan) Holtberg of Glenwood, John "Butch" (and Eileen) Holtberg of Little Falls, Janet (and Jim) Williams of Oconomowoc, Wis., and Jill (and John) Opdahl of Elk River; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a brother: Kenneth Holtberg of Glenwood.

He was preceded in death by his wife in 1998 and a grandson.

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