HAVRE – Kenneth Ray Holt, 75, passed away September 7, 2018, at his home.

 Cremation has taken place and memorial service will be at 11:00a.m. Saturday September 15, 2018 at Hi-Line Funeral Services 310 South Dell Lane Havre, MT.

 In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Montana Wounded Warriors 100 Cooperative Way, Suite 100 Kalispell, MT 59901-2386.  

 Memories and condolences can be made to Kenneth’s memorial page at http://www.hi-linefuneralservices.com 

Kenneth Ray Holt was born on March 19, 1943 and passed away at home on September 7, 2018 surrounded by his loving family.  He was born to Laura Mae McBride and Dolphus Ray Holt in Des Moines Iowa. Dolphus passed away in 1944 when Ken was 18 months old, in later years he was raised by Joe Grochala.

Ken graduated from Des Moines High School in 1961.  While in high school he worked a Trade Crazy Amos, a washing machine repair shop. In 1961 he joined the Air Force at Lack Land AFB. While in the Air Force he went overseas to the Philippines, Okinawa, and Thailand. Then he was stationed at Glasgow Air Force Base.  While stationed in Glasgow, he met and married the love of his life, Darlene Mae Fullerton, on September 20, 1964. From this union four children were born, Jeania, JoAnn, Joe, and Janice.  Ken was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather.

Ken worked three jobs, IGA, Buckingham Delivery, and Dave’s Used Mart, so Darlene could stay at home with the children.  Ken went to work for the railroad in November of 1966.  During the 37 years that he worked for the railroad he worked in several places from Minot, ND to Seattle WA.  After he retired from the railroad he worked for Leroy Kountz, driving gravel truck in Glasgow.  He moved to Havre to be closer to his children and grandchildren.  Here he gardened and had chickens, but found he had time on his hands so he went to work at North 40, he really enjoyed working there and continued working until his passing.

Ken was a NRA life member and taught NRA classes as well as Hunters Ed classes.  If there was anything you wanted to know about guns, you just asked Ken.  He taught his children, grand children, and great grandchildren gun safety and survival skills.  He believed in telling the truth regardless of the consequences.  These beliefs he instilled in his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Many times he was woken up in the middle of the night to give a ride to someone who had too much to drink. This was done with no lecturing, just a ride. He opened his home up to about 76 foster children.

Ken could lend his hand to anything. He rebuilt houses, farmed, did cement work and baked amongst other things.  He often said that he was a butcher, baker and a candle stick maker.  He sewed and fixed sewing machines and vacuum cleaners.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents, Laura Mae, and Dolphus Ray Holt; step-father Joe Grochala; Aunt Bellma McBride; niece Terry, and grandson Douglas.

Ken is survived by his wife of 54 years, Darlene of Havre; Children Jeania Stiles of Havre; JoAnn (George) Zeiger of Glasgow; Joe Holt of Malta; Janice Holt of Malta; foster child -Diana (Jack) Pliley of Glasgow; 15 grandchildren; 12+2 great grandchildren, and his brother Larry (Laurie) Holt of Havre.

  Arrangements are under the care of Hi-Line Funeral Services




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From: The Rick Turner Family

Ken stood tall. He talked and shot straight. He loved his family and other people and was there to help friend and stranger alike. He had "the common sense that isn't so common anymore" and he was an inspiration among men. His presence in this world will be missed but the wonderful memories he leaves with us will be brought forth and talked about for all our years to come. Our prayers, positive thoughts and love are with the family as they go forward.


From: Shirley Campbell

I was truly sorry to hear of Ken's passing. I met Ken when he first started going with Darlene in Glasgow. He has always been a friend and a hard worker for his family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all now and always.
Shirley Campbell

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