John Holdener Jr.

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John E. Holdener Jr., 86, of Belleville, IL, born February 18, 1932, in East St. Louis, IL, died Tuesday, September 18, 2018, at Mercy Rehab and Care Center, Swansea, IL.

Mr. Holdener worked as a street superintendent for the city of Belleville before his retirement.  In his younger years, John loved to play softball.  He, along with his wife, enjoyed traveling, camping, and fishing. He enjoyed the great outdoors, was a great handyman who could fix anything, and he especially loved spending time with his family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  He was a U. S. Army Korean War veteran.

John was preceded in death by his parents, John M. and Frances, nee Range, Holdener; and a brother, Leo Holdener.

Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Shirley, nee Nuetzel, Holdener, whom he married April 23, 1955;
three children, Kenneth (Candie) Holdener of Freeburg, IL, Sandra Holdener of Troy, IL, and Beverly Tylka (friend, Kevin Schroeder) of Fairview Heights, IL;
six grandchildren, Christy (Joe) Winze, Kelly (John “J.D.”) Lawson, Roger Hartmann Jr., Andy (Ashley) Hartmann, Jimmy (Danika) Tylka, and Ashley (Shawn) Gravot;
10 great-grandchildren;
two brothers, Edward (Delores) Holdener of Smithton, IL, and Louis (Marie) Holdener of Salt Lake City, UT;
a sister, Dolores (Larry) Wilhelm of Mascoutah, IL;
a sister-in-law, Barbara Holdener of Smithton, IL;
and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Memorials may be made to the ALS Association, 2258 Weldon Parkway, St. Louis, MO 63146.   Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, September 22, 2018, at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 22, 2018, at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. William McGhee officiating.

Burial with military honors will follow at Caseyville Cemetery, Caseyville, IL.


10 Comments on John Holdener Jr.

Greg & Jan Pickerel said : Guest Report Sep 23, 2018 at 5:12 PM

Shirley & The Holdener Family, so sorry for the passing of John. Very sorry We were not able to attend the service. God bless John. Greg & Jan Pickerel

  • Belleville
  • Il.
Darryl and Lillie Davidson said : Guest Report Sep 22, 2018 at 12:43 AM

So sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family.

  • Seminole
  • Oklahoma
Don Holdener said : Guest Report Sep 21, 2018 at 11:33 PM

Dear Shirley, Please accept Jo Ann's and my sympathy at John's passing, He, you and your family are in our prayers at this time of sorrow. I have many happy memories of growing up close to John and his family and our families butchering and bailing hay together.

  • Black Jack
  • MO
Mary Ann Becherer said : Guest Report Sep 21, 2018 at 8:13 PM

Sandy, you have my deepest sympathy. Sending you hugs and prayers.

  • TROY
  • IL
Bob /and Carol Blaies said : Guest Report Sep 21, 2018 at 7:55 PM

JOHN +was a good boss and a great FAMILY man. Our Condolences Biaies family

  • Belleville
  • IL
Terese Fox said : Guest Report Sep 21, 2018 at 3:52 PM

Shirley, so sorry for your loss. Remember the good times at Holiday Village and Lake Carlyle, He was my birthday buddy.

  • Taylorville
  • Il.
Ann westphal said : Guest Report Sep 21, 2018 at 12:39 AM

Shirley & Family....our thoughts & prayers are with all of you. So sorry for your loss, we have such great memories of you & John when we were all in Holiday Village.... Ann & Skip

  • Beatrice
  • Nebraska
Gary & Jeannette Kralemann said : Guest Report Sep 20, 2018 at 7:27 PM

Sending all our love and prayers to you Shirley and family John was a special person same as you

  • O Fallon
  • Mo
Richard & Dorothy Bender said : Guest Report Sep 20, 2018 at 3:55 PM

Shirley & Family, we are so sorry for your loss. John was a wonderful gentle man and we so enjoyed knowing him during our years at Holiday Village in TX where we shared so many enjoyable times.

  • Bay City
  • Michigan
Mary Thouvenot Poettker said : Guest Report Sep 20, 2018 at 2:16 PM

Dear Shirley and Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We have so many fond memories of fun times spent together at Holdener family reunions. We loved talking about camping with John. May he be resting in our Lord's loving arms. Mary Therese and Bob

  • St. Peters
  • MO

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