Dec. 20, 1930 – July 28, 2012
TORRINGTON – Dallas Arthur Holt, 81, formerly of Dalton, Neb., died on July 28 at his daughter’s home in Torrington.
Dallas, the son of Arthur Fritz and Emilie Margaret (Brogren) Holt, was born on Dec. 20, 1930, at Winside, Neb. The family moved west of Dalton in February 1931, where Dallas grew up. He attended grade school at District 61, which later became Harmony School up to the eighth grade. He began helping his father on the farm until he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1952. He served his country for four years and returned to the family farm, retiring in 1992.
On Jan. 10, 1950, Dallas was united in marriage to Lois Harmsen in Potter, Neb. Two children were born to this union, Darrell and Lorrie. He and Lois worked on the farm and started a dairy in 1967.
On Feb. 24, 1978, Dallas married Virginia McKenzie in Denver. In the fall of 2008, they moved from the farm into Sidney, Neb., where he lived until 2009, when he moved to the Bayard (Neb.) Nursing Home. He remained there until February 2012, when he moved to Torrington to live with his daughter.
Dallas will long be remembered for his generosity in helping others and the kind and giving heart he had. He enjoyed farming and the company of family and friends.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia, of Sidney; daughter-in-law, Marva Holt, of Dalton; daughter, Lorrie Freeburg and husband, Leonard, of Torrington; stepson, Jim McKenzie and wife, Tammy, of Fort Morgan, Colo.; grandchildren, De Holt, of Gurley, Deven Holt and wife, Bobby, of Dalton, Lee Freeburg and wife, Michelle, of Loveland, Colo., Lois Rippentrop and husband, Heath, of Fremont, Neb., Leslie Freeburg, of Pinedale, and Levi Freeburg, of Torrington; step-grandchildren, Josh McKenzie, Jim McKenzie and wife, Di, and Shanna McKenzie of Fort Morgan; great-granddaughters, Alyson and Cortney Holt, of Kimball, and Katie Rippentrop of Fremont, Neb.; sisters-in-law, Luella Osborn and husband Bob, of Vancouver, Wash., Katie Mercheism, of Pierre, S.D., Beatrice Richards, of Posen, Mich., Dorothy Klaft, of Al Pena, Mich., and Delores Peters, of Venise, Fla.; brother-in-law, Marvin Harmsen, of Douglas; and many nieces and nephews.
Dallas was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Lois; son, Darrell; and sister, Marcella Lewis Schlupe.
Memorial graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4 in the Potter Cemetery with Leonard Freeburg officiating. Cremation has been held.
Friends may stop at the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel in Sidney from 1-6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3 to sign Dallas’ register book and drop off condolences. You may view Dallas’ Book of Memories, leave condolences and photos at www.gehrigstittchapel.com.
Memorial contributions may be made in Dallas’ name to the Dalton Fire Department. A reception at the Dalton Fire Hall will follow the graveside services in Potter.
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