Edward Holzer, 66, Bismarck, departed this earthly life on September 17, 2015 after a 4 1/2 year fight with cancer. His struggle with pain and medical setbacks is over and he is with his Heavenly Father.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at Catholic Church of the Ascension, Bismarck, ND with Msgr. Jim Braaten as celebrant. Burial will be at St. Luke Lutheran Church Cemetery, Wishek, ND at a later date.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 from 3:00 to 9:00 pm at Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan, ND with a Parish Vigil at 7:00 pm. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Cremation has taken place.
Edward Richard Holzer was born on October 10, 1948, in Hague, ND. Edward was the thirteenth child born to Joseph and Katharina (Gefre) Holzer. He was baptized into the Christian faith at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Hague. He received First Holy Communion in 1957 and was confirmed into the faith in 1960 at St. Clare's Catholic Church in Burnstad, ND. On Independence Day, 1975, Edward married the love of his life, Sandra Lynn Buck, at Zion Lutheran Church in Ashley, ND.
Edward worked as an Auto Technician for 30 years at the Bismarck Toyota dealership. His attention to detail always shined through in his work; he always treated a customer's vehicle as he would treat his own and insisted that repairs be done properly and professionally. As it goes for all good mechanics, his family kept him busy with "side work" and he never refused to give expert advice or offer to get his hands and personal tools dirty for a job.
He was a member of the Bismarck Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Bismarck Moose Lodge, and the Catholic Church of the Ascension, Bismarck.
Edward was always eager to sit in the shade with a cold beer and discuss current events and political strategy. He was a faithful Rush Limbaugh listener and wasn't bashful about sharing his political belief in limited government, honest leadership, and fiscal responsibility. Physical fitness was a big part of Edward's life. He was an avid swimmer and enjoyed walking the prairie hills and valleys hunting deer with family. Most of all, he took delight in long walks through Bismarck with Sandra. Their love of polka dancing ran deep and they never ceased to amaze crowds with their ability to bounce so effortlessly across the dance floor. They danced one final polka this summer in celebration of 40 years of wedded love and faithfulness.
During his roller-coaster journey with cancer, Edward became very close to Jesus. He fought cancer with all of his physical and mental strength, but never feared death. He knew heaven would be his eternal resting place and looked forward to meeting his Savior and the faithful saints. Even after the recent news that he would not be able to physically overcome his cancer, Edward shared his faith and positive outlook. He wasn't eager to leave his wife, his large family, or his friends behind, but Edward knew there was a glorious place for him in heaven.
Left to celebrate Edward's earthly and heavenly life are his wife, Sandie, Bismarck; siblings, Eugene (Kitty) Holzer, Wishek, ND, Aloys (Muriel) Holzer, Mandan, ND, Betty (Raymond) Hilzendeger, Napoleon, ND, Rose Feist, Bismarck, Roy (Janet) Holzer, Bismarck, Donald Holzer, Menomonie, WI, Darlene (Wendelin) Piatz, Bismarck, Patrick (Della) Holzer, Bismarck, Larry (Wanda) Holzer, Blair, NE, Kathleen (Douglas) Buck, Bismarck, John (Myrt) Holzer, Bismarck, Maggie (Tim) Schrader, Bismarck, Helen Crowe, Bismarck and Barbara (Scott) Keller, Bismarck; mother-in-law, Alida Buck, Mandan; in-laws, Jennie (James) Rodlund, Stillwater, MN, Joseph (Teri) Buck, Battle Ground, WA, Rose Raney, Kelso, WA, Donald (Teresa) Buck, Zap, ND, Renae (Roger) Emter, Steele, ND, Craig (Yvonne) Buck, Lake Forest, CA and Melody (Robert) Rhodes, Seattle, WA; many cherished aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Joseph and August; sister, Angeline; father-in-law, Alvin Buck; brothers-in-law, Darrel Buck, Pete Feist, and Robert Raney Jr.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Per Edward’s request, in lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to Sandra L. Holzer, P.O. Box 2002, Bismarck, ND 58502-2002. Sandie will be making personal donations to numerous charities that were dear to Edward’s heart.