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In Memory of James Holden

Celebration of Life

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Thursday January 6, 2022
O'Connell Family Funeral Home
520 11th Street South
Hudson WI, 54016

James Holden, age 77, of Clayton (formerly of Hudson) passed away peacefully in Oak Park Heights, Minnesota on December 27, 2021. Jim was born on April 11th, 1944 in Menomonie, Wisconsin to Russell and Gladys Holden (Schultz). After attending Menomonie High School, Jim proudly served his country as a Marine in the Vietnam War. After returning from Vietnam, Jim married the love of his life, Penny Louise Olson. Together, Jim and Penny raised three boys; Chris, Scott, and Ty.


Jim was known for his hard work ethic and many talents. He began his career as a block layer, and soon built his own cement business. Nobody could lay block faster than Jim. Jim spent the final 20 years of his working career at 3M and retired at 57 as a production manager.


Jim was a lifelong outdoorsman. He was proud to be able to teach his children, and then his grandchildren, all he knew about hunting and fishing. Jim was known for his quick wit and love of a great joke. He loved to make people laugh and tease his grandkids. Jim was a lover of animals throughout his life. He had many different pets to look after; from guinea pigs, horses, cows, racing pigeons, pheasants and rabbits to hunting dogs (Brittany Spaniels) and house dogs. 


Jim will forever remain in the hearts of his loving wife Penny Holden; his sons Chris, Scott (Angie), and Ty (Merry) Holden; his grandchildren Kyle, Abbey, Danielle, Luke, Evan, Keagan, and Annella Holden; siblings Elaine (Norbert) Styer, Merlin Holden, Maxine (James) Jackson, Galen (Nancy) Holden, Mary (Gene) Simonson and Terry (Sally) Holden, sister-in-law Paula Holden, his beloved dog Haley and many nieces, nephews, other family, neighbors and friends. Jim is preceded in death by his parents Russell and Gladys Holden and his brother Lloyd Holden.


A celebration of Jim’s life will be held on Thursday, January 6 2021 at O’Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson, Wisconsin from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Interment with full military honors will be held at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery on February 1, 2022 at 2:00p.m.


In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Holden family.

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    • Have known Jim for many years, went to grade school and high school with him and know some of his siblings. A very nice family and always friendly with everyone and knew Penny from school ( 1 year behind us I think) and thought she was a very nice and friendly person as well. My thoughts go out to Penny and the family for their loss and bless them all.