Robert “Bob” Holtz, 89, of Greeley, Iowa, passed away on Monday, May 18, 2020, at his home. Bob was a lifelong Delaware County resident. He was born on the home farm near Greeley on November 5, 1930, the son of Ambrose and Gertrude (Schirmer) Holtz. Following graduation from Greeley High School in 1948, Bob worked as a farm hand until he entered the United States Army in 1952, during which time he served about 1 ½ years in Germany. Shortly after his honorable discharge, Bob returned to the home farm where he farmed up until his death. He was proud that the farm was designated as a Century Farm in 2010.
In addition to farming, Bob started Holtz Construction. He was well known for the farm buildings and grain bins his firm constructed throughout the area until he retired after 30 years in the business. Bob was proud to have hired some of the best workers in the area.
Bob enjoyed traveling and visited many parts of the world including most of Europe, Canada, South America, the Panama Canal, Mexico, the Caribbean, along with Hawaii and England.
Bob never had children of his own but had many “adopted” children. For over 20 years he proudly provided many area high school graduates with scholarship funds to attend Loras College in Dubuque or Wartburg College in Waverly.
Bob was generous with his accumulated wealth. He was a major donor to the Regional Medical Center, having the Fitness Center and a Trauma center room named after him. His most recent donation was to the new Ridgeview Pavilion where he was the lead donor. In addition, Bob was the major donor for the recently built fire station in Greeley.
Bob was a proud 60 plus years member of the American Legion and was serving as financial officer at the time of his death.
Bob is survived by one brother, Bill (Jeannette) of Cedar Rapids; three nieces, Julie Holtz of Littleton, Colorado, Susan Holtz of West Des Moines, and Ann (Tom) Ogoreuc of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and one nephew, Matthew (Dawn) of New York City. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ambrose and Gertrude Holtz, and a sister, Julia, who died when she was 10.
Memorials may be directed to Loras College, Wartburg College, the Regional Medical Center, the Good Neighbor Home, or the Greeley Fire Department.
A Public Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, May 21, 2020, at the Leonard-Mueller Funeral Home in Manchester.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, state and federal guidance on gatherings will be followed. Funeral visitations are considered a mass gathering and limited to 10-person gathering limit. The family would like the visitation open to the public, but with the state gathering limits, we will be implementing a rotation of 10 visitors at a time. Masks or face coverings are appreciated.
A Private Family Graveside Service will be held on Friday, May 22, 2020, at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Greeley, Iowa.
Online condolences may be sent to www.leonard-muellerfh.com
Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester is assisting the family.