Eugene “Gene” Walter Holger, age 88, of Hudson, WI, formerly of Stillwater, MN, died peacefully on January 9, 2014 at Pine Ridge Gardens in Hudson. Gene was born on June 11, 1925 to Nels and Sylvia (Beers) Holger in Braham, MN. He grew up on the family farm in Braham. While working for Maple Island Creamery in Stillwater, MN, he was introduced to Margaret Underhill. The two were united in marriage on July 15, 1950. This marriage would be blessed with three children, Gayle, Roger and Jerry. The Holger family settled in Stillwater and Gene took on work at Northwestern Oil Refinery in St. Paul Park (now Marathon Oil). He would work there until the late 1980’s when he retired as a supervisor. After retirement, Gene and Margaret remained in Stillwater, close to their friends and family. Margaret passed away in 2006 and in 2010 Gene moved to Pine Ridge Gardens due to health issues.
Gene was known as a “tinkerer”. At the least, a Jack of all Trades. He enjoyed everything from painting, to woodworking, car restoration, small engine repair and golf.
Gene is survived by his children, Gayle (Bill) Parisho of Blackwood, NJ, Roger (Susan) Holger of Stillwater, MN and Jerry (Julie) Holger of Hammond, WI; grandchildren, Matthew (Amber) Holger of Hudson, WI, Jonathan (Nichole) Holger of New Richmond, WI and Eric Holger of Hammond, WI; 6 great-grandchildren, siblings, Norma Moulton of Rush City, MN and Karen (Forrest) Hutchinson of Moreno Valley, CA; as well as other relatives and dear friends.
Gene is preceded in death by his wife, Margaret; parents, Nels and Sylvia Holger and sisters, Lois, Leila and Ilo.
Services for Gene will be held privately. Burial will take place at Fairview Cemetery in Stillwater, MN. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be donated to Pine Ridge Gardens – Memory Care and Lakeview Hospice in Gene’s Memory. Services are in the care of the O’Connell Funeral Home – Hudson Chapel. 715.386.3725