Wesley Keith Holter, age 81, of Brookings, SD, passed away Friday, March 15, 2019, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.
Funeral services will take place Friday, March 22 at 10:30 a.m. at Grace Free Lutheran Church in Bruce, SD.
There was visitation Thursday, March 21 at the church from 5 to 7 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m.
Rude’s Funeral Home of Brookings, SD is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family through www.rudesfuneralhome.com.
Wesley was born Nov. 18, 1937, in Estelline, SD, the son of Adolph and Cecelia (Bergh) Holter. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Petri Lutheran Church near Bruce, SD.
He attended school at Eureka No. 57, Augustana Academy, and Bruce High School, graduating in 1956.
Wesley worked 48 years in the trucking industry in management and dispatch.
He was united in marriage to Janet Warde June 6, 1959, in Elbow Lake, MN. He and Janet had three daughters, Janine, Kristin, and Kara, who affectionately called Wesley “Poobah.”
Janet passed away after 53 years of marriage. Wesley was united in marriage to Isabelle Apland April 6, 2013, and he was blessed to welcome Isabelle’s children, Dale and Sarah, into his heart.
Over his lifetime, Wesley lived in St. Paul, Lester Prairie, and Ashby, eventually returning “home” to Brookings, SD. A proud Norwegian and lifetime Lutheran, Wes recognized Jesus as his savior and enjoyed God’s creation, including outdoor activities like hunting and fishing, especially ice fishing.
He is survived by his wife, Isabelle Apland, of Brookings; three daughters, Janine Holter (John Pususta) of Montrose, Kristin Oppold (Tom) of Prior Lake, and Kara Hutton (Scott) of Orono; and stepchildren Dale Apland (Judy) of Bruce, SD, and Sarah Tollefson (Chris) of Ft. Mill, SC.
Additionally, he is survived by grandchildren Benjamin Oppold, William Hutton, Kate Oppold, Alana Hutton, Justin Apland (Jesse), Linda Hankel (Chris), Denise Buchholz (Kent), Becca Apland (Reed Johnson), Collyn Tollefson, and Carena Tollefson; eight great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Anitra Holter; siblings Dale Holter (Joanne), Adelpha Reppe (Leland), Myron Holter (Sally), and Julie Anderson (John); and many cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws, and friends.
In addition to his first wife, Janet; Wes was preceded in death by his parents, Adolph and Cecelia Holter; and brother Ronald Holter.