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Rev. Verle Everett Holsteen

Rev. Verle Everett Holsteen

Rev. Verle Everett Holsteen was welcomed home by His Heavenly Father on January 7, 2019. He was born December 22, 1927, in Burlington, IA, to Edward G. and Lulu (Coppes) Holsteen - the fifth of their eight children. Verle graduated in 1945 from Yarmouth High School and from Moody Bible Institute in August 1950, having completed Moody's pastors' course. He received his B.A. from Wheaton College in 1953, graduated from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1961, and completed post-graduate work, receiving an M. Div. from Creighton University in 1978. Verle served in the U.S. Army from 1953-1955 and was stationed in Japan.

He married Patricia Ann (Patti) Camp in Cortland, NY on August 21, 1955. He faithfully served as pastor of American Baptist Churches in Cobleskill, N.Y. (1961-1964), Fairlawn, N.J. (1964-1965), North Platte, NE (1965-1971), and First Baptist, Omaha, NE (1971-1985). Verle and Patti later became direct distributors for Amway, through which they met and mentored numerous friends and expanded their opportunities for generous giving.

Rev. Holsteen was preceded in death by his parents, and his siblings Faith Totemeier (Dale), Verdaine Holsteen, Melbourne Holsteen (Miriam Holsteen and Valerie Holsteen), Darrell Holsteen, Donnaline Street, Marveline Bailey (Lloyd Bailey), and Dalton (Lita) Holsteen.

Verle is survived by his wife of 63 years, Patricia (Patti); daughter Faith (Mark) Loretto, and sons Stephen (Jane) Holsteen and David (Kerrin) Holsteen; grandchildren Ben (Anna) Holsteen, Sarah Jane Holsteen, Michael Loretto (Sarah Williams), Adam (Beth) Loretto, Jake Holsteen, and Kate (Justin) Layden; and great-grandchildren Esther Holsteen, Jude Holsteen, Amelia Loretto, and Eleanor Loretto, as well as sister-in-laws Bernita Holsteen, Muriel Holsteen, Joyce Camp, Lucy Lindholm, and brothers-in-law Harold Street, David Camp, and Don Lindholm.

Visitation will be held at O'Connell Family Funeral Home on Sunday, January 20, from 3pm-5pm, and at Faith Community Church one hour prior to the service. A worship service and celebration of Verle's life will be held at 10 am, Monday, January 21, at Faith Community Church in Hudson, WI, with lunch to follow. Internment will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Christian Community Homes and Services Foundation or to Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL.