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Don Holste

March 19, 1930 ~ November 13, 2020 (age 90)


Donald Ernest Holste, 90, of Champaign, Illinois passed away on Friday, November 13, 2020.  He was born in Norwood, Minnesota on March 19, 1930 to Ernest and Clara (Trost) Holste. 

Beloved husband of 69 years to wife Eunice (Roth); loving father to children Mark, Michael (Carole), Paul (Susan), Stephen (Diane), and Melissa Holste; proud grandfather to Kevin, Ryan, Christine, Alexandra, Nicholas, Kathryn, Rachel and five great grandchildren; brother to Helen (Ernest) Eickelberg, Betty (Gerald) Hensel, Norma (Duane) Verch and Verna (Ronald) Fritz; dear cousin, uncle and friend to many. Don was preceded in death by father and mother, Ernest and Clara, sister Helen, and son, Paul.

Don was a graduate of Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois, and after obtaining his Master’s degree he graduated from the University of Illinois with a PhD in Administrative Education.  He began his career as teacher and Principal in various communities and in 1965 started working for the Urbana School District where he served as Principal and then Assistant Superintendent.  Upon retirement Don continued to work for the University of Illinois as a liaison in the student teacher program.  Don developed a passion for golf, traveling with Eunice, visiting family, playing cards with the grandkids, reading, dog walking, watching Cardinal baseball and maintaining his yard.  His determination, sense of humor, being a loving father, grandfather, brother and educator can serve as an inspiration for all.   

Donations can be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. 

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

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