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Melvin G. Holdsworth

November 30, 1930 — June 6, 2021

Melvin George Holdsworth was born November 30, 1930 to the late Edward and Emma (Jurgensen) Holdsworth in Tennant, Iowa. He received his early education from the Tennant school and later graduated from Manilla High School.

After graduation, Melvin was drafted in the United States Army where he was stationed in Germany during the Korean War until his honorable discharge on January 21, 1954.

On December 16, 1951, he was united in marriage to Clarion Evers at Zion Lutheran Church in Denison. They made their home on Melvin's family farm near Manilla where they raised their three children: Randall, Rhonda and Diane. Melvin farmed his whole life and he received Conservation and Century Farm Awards.

Melvin and Clarion loved to travel, they spent a month in Alaska and enjoyed their trips to Branson and camping at Lake Okoboji. He had a knack for displaying all of his unique findings over the years. Melvin was an avid collector; whether it be tractors, old farm equipment, advertising ash trays or oil cans. He enjoyed wood working and would restore old furniture. He was always there lending a helping hand to anyone in need. He had a strong faith in the Lord and loved his family more than anything, especially his grandchildren.

Melvin passed away Sunday, June 6, 2021 at Eventide Lutheran Home in Denison attaining the age of ninety-years, six months and seven days. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his children: Randall Holdsworth and Diane Wiener; siblings: John Holdsworth, Helen Barrett, Eddie Holdsworth and Grace Tindall.

He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Clarion Holdsworth of Denison; daughter: Rhonda and her husband Doyle Slavik of Schleswig; son-in-law: David Wiener of Logan; grandchildren: Jessica and her husband Jordan Thistle of Mingo, Iowa, Elizabeth and her husband William Greer of Ames, Iowa and James Wiener and his fiancé Shaylee Arp and their daughter Ava of Harrisburg, South Dakota; other relatives and friends.

Visitation is 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 17, 2021 at Huebner Funeral Home in Denison. Funeral Service is 2:00 p.m. on Friday, June 18, 2021 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Denison. Interment is in Crawford Heights Memory Gardens in Denison. Memorials may be directed to the family.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Thursday, June 17, 2021

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Huebner Funeral Home - Denison

1437 Broadway, Denison, IA 51442

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Funeral Service

Friday, June 18, 2021

Starts at 2:00 pm (Central time)

Our Savior Lutheran Church

500 N 24th St, Denison, IA 51442

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