Karl V. Holst Jr.

Karl Vincent Holst, Jr age 74 of Missouri Valley, Iowa passed away on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at home. Karl was born September 13, 1944 in Omaha, Nebraska to Karl V. Sr. and Marie (Harris) Holst. He moved to Missouri Valley, IA in 1952 when his father purchased Westering Drug Store located at 401 E. Erie Street. He graduated from Missouri Valley High School in 1962 then attended Norfolk Junior College for a year. Karl went on to Universal Trade School where he earned a certificate in Automotive Mechanics. A year later he purchased and operated the Phillips 66 service station. Karl worked for the CNW Railroad as a switchman until he was drafted into the US Army in 1967. He was stationed in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany with the Pershing Missile Battery during the Vietnam Era. He returned home in December 1968 where he returned to work at CNW Railroad until he retired in 2005.

He married Karen Swanger in November of 1964.To this union three children were born. Several years later they became legal guardians to another child.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Marie (Harris) Holst and father Karl V Holst Sr, sister Janet McQuillan, and brother-in-law Duane Behm.

He is survived by his wife Karen, sons Bill Holst, Tony Woods, and Keith Holst and daughter Kim and husband Jerry Cook. Grandchildren Levi Woods, Regan Holst and Colton, Alexis and special friend Noah Myler and Ashlyn Cook sister Kathy Behm and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, at Hennessey Funeral Home in Missouri Valley, Iowa.

The family would like to invite everyone to a luncheon at the Eagles Club after the committal service at Branson Cemetery in Loveland, Iowa.

Military Honors will be conducted by Julius F. Muller American Legion Post #337.




In Loving Memory of


Karl V. Holst Jr



September 13, 1944                        Omaha, Nebraska


Entered Into Rest

November 1, 2018                         Missouri Valley, Iowa



Celebration of Life Service

10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Hennessey Funeral Home

Missouri Valley, Iowa



Officiating                           Pastor Connie McWilliams



Music Selections

“Go Rest High On That Mountain”        “Amazing Grace”

“Cats in The Cradle”



Final Resting Place

Branson Cemetery

Loveland, Iowa



  • Marsha Barry Posted November 2, 2018 3:48 pm

    Karen and family so sorry to hear about you loss. Prayers for you all. You are in my thoughts.

  • joan bonham Posted November 5, 2018 9:04 am

    Karen and family, I am so sorry for your loss, my prayers are with you all. including the inlaws whom i know very well……

  • Leia (Torgerson) Johnsen Posted November 6, 2018 8:24 am

    Dear Karen and family
    My sincere condolences to your family. Love and prayers to all.
    John and Leia Johnsen (torgerson) and family

  • Robert Smith Posted November 7, 2018 6:43 pm

    Karl thank you for telling me at Sunnyside Cafe to stay in the Air Force. I did and I’m so thankful to you. Karen I love you and we will get together soon to share wonderful memories of your beautiful family. Warmest condolences. Robert Smith

  • Anita Grabow Posted November 10, 2018 10:04 am

    Karen and family,
    We are so sorry to hear about Karl.
    Karl would bring so much laughter to Sunnyside when he and Kenny Ford would come for their lunch break during overnights.
    May Karl fly with the angels.
    Kenny Estum and family.

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