Charles Holen

June 14, 1941 - August 31, 2023

Charles E. Holen “Chuck”, age 82, of Webster, died peacefully with his family at his side on Thursday, August 31, 2023 at Mayo System Health Care Hospital Mankato. Charles was born on June 14, 1941 in Havana, North Dakota to John “Chris” and Alice (Udelhofen) Holen. He was raised and attended public schools in Forman, ND. He met and married Diann Resler on October 27, 1962 and they were blessed with 57 years of marriage and 5 children and several grandchildren. Charles was an entrepreneur who began a machine manufacturing company with his sister, Stasia, and her husband, Jim Thew. They co-owned Bro-Machine successfully for 44 years. Charles was a proud free mason, attaining his 50-year pin and a member of Ducks Unlimited. He was a man of integrity and honesty, always telling it straight! He had a quick wit and a sharp mind! His top priority was his family, supporting his children and grandchildren throughout their lives. Charles was an avid hunter, even bagging a record moose! He enjoyed collecting many things and classic cars. His passion for travel led him on a mission: he took a ’54 Chevy to every continental U.S. state, even leaving a hubcap in New York to mark that state! His son, Darin, and one of the grandkids accompanied him on every one of these trips! His children and grandchildren are richer for having a beloved grandfather.

Charles is survived by his children, Brenda (Gene) Thielbar of Montgomery, Bradley Holen of Webster, Chris (Jenine) Holen of Savage, Darcy Holen of Lakeville, Darin Holen of Webster; 9 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; sisters, Stella Bell of Forman, ND & Kay Alstrom of Lakeville. He is preceded in death by his wife, Diann on March 14, 2020; grandson, baby Chris; parents; sisters, Judy Grothe & Stasia Thew Danielson.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Thursday, September 14, 2023 at 2:30 PM at Bruzek Funeral Home with Reverend Ben Hilding officiating. Visitation will begin at 1:00 PM. Lunch will follow at the KC Hall in New Prague.

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Chas & Sally Day
9 months ago

Our sympathy in the loss of your loved one. We always enjoyed visiting with Charlie and Diann… one time at the ranchero, the bartender came over to our table and said “ if anyone here is from ND, the couple over there would like to buy you a beer!” It was Charlie and Diann! Always enjoyed talking with them! Keep the good memories close to your heart. Prayers of comfort for Charlie’s family

Dick and Dianna
9 months ago

Our group sure miss Diane & Chuck at our date nights Wednesday, and breakfast on Sunday’s, they were always a joy to spend time with.

April Moorman
9 months ago

Such a sad time again we lose such a kind soul. My love to my cousins as they mourn uncle Charlie’s loss. All our love

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