Charles “Chuck” Holland, age 69, of Mabel, Minn., formerly of Spring Grove, died Sunday, December 15, 2019, at Gundersen Tweeten Care Center in Spring Grove, following a lengthy, complex illness.
Chuck was born June 23, 1950, in rural Mabel to LeVerne and Belinda (Bjergum) Holland. Chuck was baptized at the Scheie Lutheran Church and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church. He spent grade school attending the Beckon, Kjome, and Hesper Schools, and in 1968 graduated from Spring Grove High School. He served six years in the United States Army Reserve. On June 23, 1979, he married Pearl Torgerson Hicks at the Mabel First Lutheran Church. They lived in Mabel until 1989, then moved to Spring Grove for several years before moving back to Mabel in 2017.
He had worked at John Deere in Waterloo, Stansfield Vending in La Crosse and Benson Music in Mabel before working 18 years at Rochester Business Products/La Crosse Business Products as a repair technician/service manager. In 2000 he opened Holland Insurance in Mabel and operated until earlier this year when his health forced him to retire. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion, a member of the Eagles in La Crosse and the Elks in Decorah. He enjoyed cooking, golfing, bowling, camping, boating, going for drives, going out to eat at various restaurants, traveling and spending time with their two loyal dogs, Morgan and Mason, who stayed by his side throughout his illness.
Chuck in survived by his wife Pearl of Mabel, three children: Sheri (Jason) Marquardt and Scott (Paula) Hicks, both of Mabel, and Shelly (Tony) Gerard of Canton; five grandsons: Chad (Amber) Tripp and Tanner Marquardt, Carter Hicks, Randy and Riley Gerard; two great-grandsons, Kaden and Michael Tripp; three brothers: Bob (Karen) of Waterloo, Jeff (Denise) of Spring Grove, and Dennis of La Crosse; brother-in-law Dean Gjere of Cedar Falls; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Becky, a son, Tony; and a sister, Rita Gjere.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, December 19, 2019, at the Henrytown Lutheran Church in rural Canton. Burial with military honors will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, December 18 at the Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel and one hour prior to services at the church.