Roger Holtman

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Roger John Holtman, 68, of Collinsville, IL, previously of Belleville, Illinois, IL, died Tuesday, April 21, 2020, on the family farm in Saline County, Illinois.

Mr. Holtman was a 1969 graduate of Althoff Catholic High School, Belleville, IL.  Roger served in the Air Force from 1971 to 1975.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Cleta, nee Kaesberg, Holtman; and two brothers, Robert “Hans” Holtman and Terry Holtman.

Surviving are his children, Jason (Jen) Holtman and Amanda Holtman;
three grandchildren, Joshua, Aubrey and Kally;
a sister, Barbara (Walter) Scheffel;
two brothers, Richard (Barb) Holtman and Tom Holtman;
nieces and nephews;
his significant other, Fran Zicari;
his former wife, Dianne Holtman;
and a dear friend, Rick Perez.

Memorials may be made to the Make A Wish Foundation. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Funeral: Private funeral services will be held with Msgr. William McGhee officiating. Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL .


28 Comments on Roger Holtman

Tina Fernandez Rowden said : Guest Report May 01, 2020 at 1:07 AM

My sincere condolences to the entire Holtman family. Very sorry to read of Roger's passing. Keeping you all in my prayers at this sad time.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Lisa and Eric Mueller said : Guest Report Apr 27, 2020 at 6:42 PM

My husband and my extended family are all very sorry to hear about Roger. He was a special friend to my mother Jo Ann before she passed of cancer. Spent lots of great times with Roger.

  • Waterloo
  • Illinois
Silulu said : Guest Report Apr 27, 2020 at 11:02 AM

I will miss him , and what a blessing to have known him growing up . Sending hugs to the skies and love you always Uncle Roger .

  • Shiloh
  • Illinois
Van Casis said : Guest Report Apr 25, 2020 at 6:27 PM

Condolences to Roger’s family and friends. May he Rest In Peace ??

  • Springfield
  • MO
Ed Fuhrman said : Guest Report Apr 25, 2020 at 5:55 PM

So sorry to hear of Roger's passing. I knew him in my younger years and he was always a fun and kind person. My sympathy to his family.

  • Belleville
  • Il.
Craig Weidemann said : Guest Report Apr 25, 2020 at 3:53 PM

I knew Roger as a classmate at Cathedral Grade School and Althoff. I recently got to reconnect with Roger, and his running mate Rick Perez, at our 50th Class Reunion. Roger was his usual kind soft spoken, happy, very kind self, just like I knew him as a youth. He was always extremely kind to my parents throughout their lives, after I had moved away from Belleville. I am so grateful how he always reached out to my dad. Roger was a very important person to me in grade school and one of my earliest friends. And as we fervently discussed at the Reunion, with Rick, I think we could kick the St. Teresa grade schoolboys in basketball every day of the week…Godspeed Roger. Peace.

  • State College
  • PA
The Moehle Family said : Guest Report Apr 25, 2020 at 3:06 PM

Sincere sympathy to the Holtman family from the Moehles who grew up with the Holtmans in the neighborhood.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Michael Faust said : Guest Report Apr 25, 2020 at 2:07 PM

My condolences to the family I worked with Roger years ago and will miss his smiling face and demeanor

  • Collinsville
  • Ill
Judy Rogers said : Guest Report Apr 25, 2020 at 12:36 PM

Sending prayers. As others have indicated, Roger was a tremendous person. In fact, as a CGS classmate, I do not ever remember seeing anything but a smile on his face. The last time I saw him was at my 40th ND class reunion and he and Rick had me in stitches. He will be missed.

  • Tucson
  • AZ
Mary Shively Smith said : Guest Report Apr 25, 2020 at 7:53 AM

Roger was a CGS classmate. My deepest sympathy to his family and dear friend Rick Perez.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Al Karban said : Guest Report Apr 24, 2020 at 11:17 AM

Our sympathy to the Holtman Family and Fran. I worked with Roger and he was a mentor, leader a boss but more than anything a friend. Rest In Peace ole buddy. This Bud’s for you!

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Nancy Dunnigan Rich said : Guest Report Apr 24, 2020 at 9:49 AM

Roger was a "presence" in all our lives. Thoughts & prayers for Jason & Mandy. He had a life well-lived indeed.

  • Marshfield
  • Mo
Paul seel said : Guest Report Apr 24, 2020 at 9:43 AM

We have lost a dear sweet man Our hearts break for his family He will forever be missed Much love Mollie &Paul Seel

  • Collinsville
  • Il
Ed Szewczyk said : Guest Report Apr 24, 2020 at 9:25 AM

I was really shocked and saddened when I heard of Roger's passing. In grade school I'd see him, Rick Perez and some of the other Cathedral guys hanging around the gym and I thought they were cool guys that I'd like to get to know. They always whipped our behinds on the basketball court. Once we were classmates at Althoff I learned that Roger was absolutely the nicest guy I'd ever met. I'm very glad that I got to see him at our 50th class reunion. Our condolences to Roger's family. He will be missed.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Mary (Schlattweiler) Trobaugh said : Guest Report Apr 24, 2020 at 3:06 AM

Sorry to hear of his passing. You're in my thoughts and prayers!

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL
Mike Moore said : Guest Report Apr 23, 2020 at 10:59 PM

We were shocked and saddened to learn of Roger’s passing. Although a classmate with Rich at ACHS...Roger was a teammate of ours on the Little Knights Football Club. Wonderful memories of those days with a high quality Holtman family. My wife, Maureen, and I extend our deepest sympathy and prayers for your loss.

  • Lebanon
  • Illinois
Mercy (Perez) Davison said : Guest Report Apr 23, 2020 at 8:56 PM

Roger was my dad’s best friend, so I was fortunate to grow up knowing him. Roger always lit up the room — ready with a joke, a great story, and a smile. You really couldn’t hear anything funnier than Roger and my dad (and their childhood friends if you were really lucky) telling stories about the old neighborhood and all the fun they had as kids. Roger made my husband feel right at home talking about hunting and fishing. I only wish they’d gotten a chance to go out together. Roger will be missed by many people.

  • Normal
  • IL
Michael Kohl said : Guest Report Apr 23, 2020 at 3:39 PM

Roger and his family were a treat! My classmate at Cathedral K-8 and ACHS 9-12. SOooooo pleased to visited with him and Rick Perez at our recent 50th. Will never forget Roger launching a 1/2 court shot against Holy Childhood at their Holiday BB Tournament. by the way........ S W I S H ! RIP, Roger!!!

  • Santa Clara
  • California
Polly Oesterle said : Guest Report Apr 23, 2020 at 2:57 PM

I am so truly sorry for the loss of your dear loved one. My deepest condolences to you all. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Love to you all...

  • Wildwood
  • Missouri
Dave Hamsik said : Guest Report Apr 23, 2020 at 1:31 PM

I am very sorry for your loss. My positive thoughts and prayers go out to you at the time.

  • Buffalo
  • NY
Sue Perez said : Guest Report Apr 23, 2020 at 1:13 PM

Rick and Roger were the best best friends I have ever known! He was our best man. How lucky I am to have known him!

  • Swansea
  • Il
Christie Cange said : Guest Report Apr 23, 2020 at 10:54 AM

I’m so sorry for your loss. Keeping the entire family in my thoughts and prayers.

  • St. Louis
  • MO
Mike Glenn said : Guest Report Apr 23, 2020 at 7:09 AM

Roger was always so friendly and kind at Althoff. I am very sorry for your loss Mike Glenn

  • Nokomis
  • IL
JACK OESTERLE,JR. said : Guest Report Apr 22, 2020 at 8:44 PM

Our sympathy goes out to the Holtman family. He was such a great person to be around! He loved his family & life.He will be missed @ the family functions! It was a pleasure to know him! We Don't Say Goodbye We Say...Till We Meet Again! On Eagle's Wings!

  • Kirkwood
  • Missouri
Connie voellinger Merrell said : Guest Report Apr 22, 2020 at 5:30 PM

So very very sorry! He was an Althoff classmate and friend.

  • IL
Connie voellinger Merrell said : Guest Report Apr 22, 2020 at 5:28 PM

So very very sorry! He was a classmate and friend!

  • IL
Marian Bell said : Guest Report Apr 22, 2020 at 5:07 PM

Sincerest sympathies to Roger’s family. We had the best of times together, along with Terry in the 70’s. I’ve always considered him a great friend.. Rest In Peace Roger ...

  • Smithton
  • IL
Jerry Villemain said : Guest Report Apr 22, 2020 at 5:07 PM

So sorry to hear about Roger’s death. I went to High School with your dad/grandfather. He was such a nice guy and he will be missed.

  • Chapel Hill
  • NC

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