PALISADE - Rodney Dale Holm, 68, of Palisade, died Friday, Sept. 12, 2008, at his home.
He was born May 13, 1940, at his grandfather's house in Morrison Township. His parents were Knute and Ruth (Pratt) Holm. He grew up in Palisade and graduated from Aitkin High School in 1958. Rod was married to LaVonne Lieske in 1959; they had two children, Perry and Jaye (Judy). In 1981 he married Judy Lamson.
Rod was a man of many talents. He was a farmer, worked construction for Victor Carlson & Sons and ran the Palisade Mercantile Store. In 1979 he discovered his true calling when he and his wife Judy became over-the-road truck drivers, traveling more than a million miles together until his diagnosis of brain cancer in December of 2006. They drove for Midland Co-ops, Minneapolis; Maverick Inc., Rogers; International Transport, Rochester; Nelson Inc., Deerwood; and the last 13 years for Tri-State Transport in Joplin, Mo.
Rod is survived by his wife, Judy; son Perry (Sheri) of Fergus Falls; daughter Jaye (Theo) Lawrence-Durbin of Eagan; granddaughters Kristen and Teagan Riehle of Eagan; brothers Jerry (Cherie) of Aitkin, Mike (Suzi) of Barnesville; sisters Charity (Kenny) McNeil of Swatara, Patsy Sandsness of Columbia Heights, Linda Iverson of Omaha, Neb.; uncle Melvin (Delores) Holm; aunt Carol (Gene) Hawk; many nieces, nephews, cousins and his beloved kitties.
He was preceded in death by stepdaughters Patty Anne and Bobbie-Sue Lamson; brother-in-law Larry Iverson; parents Knute and Ruth (Pratt) Holm; and grandparents Jasper and Della (Colbert) Pratt and Jacob and Lucy (Geyer) Holm.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, 2008, memorial service at Bethel Lutheran Church, Palisade. Rev. William Sass will officiate. Private interment will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Palisade. Honorary pallbearers will be Lenny Anderson, Glenn Britney, Wayne Lubbert, Vernon Moore, Lloyd Johnson, Donny Johnson, Russ Kellerman and Harvey Blomberg.
Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin.
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