Raymond D. "Buster" Holzinger

Born: Wed., Apr. 24, 1929
Died: Sat., Nov. 16, 2019


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Our father, Raymond “Buster” Holzinger, passed away at the age of 90 on Saturday, November 16, 2019.

Dad was born April 24, 1929, in Mankato, MN.  He was the only child of Ervin & Ivy (Larson) Holzinger and he grew up in North Mankato.  On November 26, 1949, Ray married Donna Marie Rutjes.  Dad and Mom’s marriage union lasted 61 years. When Ray married Donna he gained 13 brothers and sisters, several nieces and nephews.  Ray felt fortunate to have three sons, Rick (Mary), Charlie (Joyce), Terry (Laura), and one daughter, Vicky (Steve).  Ray & Donna were also blessed with grandchildren and greatgrandchildren.

Dad enjoyed bringing us on vacations in his converted school bus.  He loved automobiles.  He would see a photo of a vintage car or truck and would immediately tell us the manufacturer, model, and year of the vehicle.  Dad, as a teen, worked as a gas station attendant for Joe Briegel, later he had different jobs at used or new car lots such as C. F. Quaday and Heinz Pontiac/Cadillac.  Dad then worked for 36 years as a heavy equipment operator for C.W. Scheurer Construction retiring in 1996.  Dad also enjoyed fishing in the summer and ice fishing with Mom.

Ray was preceded in death by his father and mother; wife, Donna, of 61 years; first-born infant son, Steven; two infant grandchildren and numerous members of his wife’s family.

Dad wished for a private service and burial next to his wife at Woodland Hills Funeral Home and Memorial Park in Mankato.  

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JoAnn Scheurer
   Posted Mon November 18, 2019
I am so so sorry to learn of Rays passing . He was always so nice and helpful to me. I loved his sense of humor. I am so sorry for your loss!

Mary Sandmeyer Nusser
   Posted Fri November 22, 2019
So very sorry to hear of the passing of your father. Sending our thoughts and prayers.


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