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Derek A. Holt

Derek A. Holt, 21, of St. Paul, died Sunday, July 20, 2014, at the Howard County Medical Center in St. Paul, as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Christ Lutheran Church in St. Paul. The Rev. Thomas Clark will officiate. Burial will be in the Elmwood Cemetery in St. Paul. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church. Peters Funeral Home of St. Paul is in charge of the arrangements. Mr. Holt was born on Nov. 8, 1992, at Grand Island, the son of William A. “Bill” and Christal S. (Hawkins) Holt. He is survived by his parents, Bill and Christal Holt of St. Paul; one sister, Brittany Holt of St. Paul; grandparents, Ivan and Joyce Hawkins of Pleasanton and Robert and Marlene Holt of Grand Island; aunts and uncles, Brenda Saltzman of Ravenna, Tye Hawkins and his fiancee, Sylvia Kipp of Holdrege, and Barbara and Roger Dvorak of Wood River; and several cousins. Derek first lived with his family in St. Paul, later moving to a farm north of town. He attended St. Paul Public Schools and was a 2011 graduate of St. Paul High School. He was active in all sports, including football, wrestling, track and baseball. He was a 3 time State qualifier and 2 time State medalist in wrestling for the Wildcats. While in high school he was also a volunteer Huskerland youth wrestling coach and a member of the National Honor Society. For the past three years he had been attending UNK, where he was majoring in history education, with an endorsement in coaching. This past year he was a volunteer wrestling coach at Pleasanton High School and was the Junior High wrestling head coach. Over the years he worked at the St. Paul Swimming Pool and Bomgaars, and was currently working for Kearney Moving/Atlas. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church where he was baptized and confirmed. Derek enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, golfing and of course, wrestling. He also loved all Husker sports, the Kansas City Royals and the Denver Broncos. He was preceded in death by an uncle, Tim Saltzman; and great-grandparents, Franklin and Mabel Hawkins, Bruce and Myrtle Herman, Arthur and Alma Holt, and William and Evelyn Svoboda. Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation.

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Our Deepest Sympathy May God comfort each of you. Dale, Elaine Nowak and family.

Jul 30 2014 7:34 AM

Bill and FamilyI am so sorry to hear of the tragic passing of your son Derek. Words cannot express my sorrow, as we never expect to lose a child. Bill, Derek looks so much like you when we were high school, and from what I have read and heard, he enjoyed life and brought much joy to others. I hope those memories help you and your family through the difficult times. God's Blessings to you all.

Geri Kyriss Rorabaugh Jul 26 2014 5:30 PM

Me and my family are sorry to hear of your tragic passing. You will be remembered as the little guy who always came over for chocolate chip cookies. RIP Derek.

Jul 25 2014 8:46 AM

Praying that in the midst of all this pain you somehow experience God's gentle, healing touch.

Delman & Marlene Trampe Jul 25 2014 12:40 AM

Bill, Christal, and Brittany, we can't pretend to know your pain but we will wrap you in our prayers that you can find peace. God did not take Derek from you but He most certainly welcomed him with open arms into his kingdom.

Don & Peggy Onwiler Jul 24 2014 7:16 PM

To the family of Derek Holt,I'm so sorry to hear about Derek. He was a fine young man. My thoughts and prayers go out to you.With Deepest Sympathy.Dr. Jane Ziebarth-BovillTeacher Education 100 InstructorCollege of EducationUniversity of Nebraska at Kearney

Jane Ziebarth-Bovill Jul 24 2014 1:58 PM

My sincereist condolences to your family. I am very sorry for Tye and his loss of his nephew. Family is very important to all of us and it shows outwardly with Tye.May time comfort and heal your sorrow.

Mitch Woeste Jul 24 2014 1:18 PM

We lost our son in a car accident 2 years and 6 months ago at age 22. We are sincerely sorry for loss and know the bumpy road you have ahead. Even though you don't know us you are in our prayers. Hold tight to your memories, they will sustain you now and in the years to come.

Chrystal Tharnish Jul 24 2014 10:39 AM

Bill, Christal and Brittany,May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you. God Bless.

Susan Allen Jul 24 2014 8:39 AM

Sending prayers for the family. Graduated from high school with Derek's Father Bill.

Karen Jares Bell Jul 23 2014 9:58 PM

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