Louis John Holly (1934-2020)
HOLLY, CHAPEK, DRAHN
Posted By: Ken Wright (email)
Date: 11/7/2020 at 20:19:30
Louis John Holly, 86 years old died Thursday November 5th, 2020 at St Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. He developed Covid and died from complications that developed during his hospitalization.
Services are pending at this time. Goettsch Funeral Home has taken Lou and his family into their care.
Louis was born on the family farm east of Monona on September 24th, 1934 in Giardtownship in Clayton County. The son of Albert and Annie (Chapek) Holly. He attended rural schools and graduated from Monona High School in 1952. He was united in marriage to Carole Drahn October 27th, 1952 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Farmersburg, Iowa. Lou and Carole celebrated their 68th anniversary just a few days ago. Louis worked for Iowa Electric Utility for 44 years. He began his career as a meter reader and worked his way up to District Manager of NE Iowa until his retirement in 1996.
He was active in numerous civic organizations and clubs throughout his life. He was a Little League coach, Methodist youth fellowship leader, past president of Monticello chamber of commerce, past president of Monticello Rotary, Member of the Mason Lodge, and Jones county El Kahir Shrine. He was also an active member of the infamous Darrel’s coffee club. Lou often said he was the guest speaker on many occasions. Lou loved to travel and made finding his genealogy his pastime. He and his wife traveled to Czechoslovakia in search of long lost relatives
Survivors include his wife Carole of Monticello, his daughter Christi (Mick) Gesie of Solon and the loves of his life granddaughters Jessie (Craig) Calhoun of O’Fallon, MO and Nichole (Geoff) Stocker of Ankeny, Iowa. He has 6 great grandchildren and some very special nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers James and Kenneth Holly, and two Sisters Marge Kliefoth and Ellen Voss and his son Jeffrey Steven Holly who died on October 30th, 2020.
Lou was kind of a jokester and his laugh was one of a kind. He will be deeply missed by his family and those that knew him.
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