George F. Holm
George F. Holm, 58, of O’Neill, formerly of Wayne, died Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, at Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital in O’Neill.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in O’Neill. Burial will be at 3:30 p.m. at the Wakefield Cemetery in Wakefield. Visitation will be Thursday, Feb. 15 from 4-8 p.m. at Biglin’s Mortuary in O’Neill.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the family (Karen Holm), who plan to establish a college scholarship for young people in foster care to honor George’s memory.
Biglin’s Mortuary in O’Neill is in charge of arrangements.
George F. Holm was born in Huntsville, Ala. on May 12, 1959 to Frank and Rebecca (Searcy) Holm. Growing up in Alabama, George graduated from J.O. Johnson high school. At age 19, he rode his bicycle from Huntsville to Moscow Idaho, stopping in northeast Nebraska where he briefly worked on a relative’s farm. After his trip, he returned to the state and married Karen Krueger of Emerson in 1983 and raised three children. George took a few classes at Wayne State College, but most of his education was “on the job.” He started his first business, “Leather by George,” when he was 15 years old. In 1992 he and his wife opened a dry-cleaning business in Wakefield, eventually moving the business to Wayne. After briefly managing a Dairy Queen business there in 2005, they bought the O’Neill Dairy Queen and ran it for 11 years.
George lived a life of service and was active in Rotary International. He spent countless hours volunteering, from working with skate boarding youth in Wayne to build a skate park, to supporting Leprechaun Youth Sports and the Irish Walk of Fame in O’Neill. He was a true kid at heart who never met a stranger in his life.
Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Karen of O’Neill; children, Frank Holm of Lincoln, Charles Holm of Austin, Texas and Jennifer Holm of New York, N.Y.; his parents, Frank and Becky Holm of Huntsville, Ala., sisters; Susan Holm Maynard of Phoenix, Ariz., Phyllis (Jake) Wood of Tuscaloosa, Ala., brother, John (Mary) Holm of Huntsville, Ala., brother-in-law, Dan Maynard of Phoenix, Ariz.; mother-in-law, Patricia Krueger of Emerson; six brothers-in-law, seven sisters-in-law, numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents; an infant brother; his wife’s father, LeRoy Krueger and her brothers, Leon and Patrick Krueger.