Lester Norman Holznagel, 92, died peacefully in his sleep at
the Boise Veterans’ Willow House in Boise, Idaho, on May 3, 2017. A memorial service will begin at 10:00 am at
the Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel on May 10th.
A graveside service at Terrace Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery will be
held immediately after the service. Friends
and family are invited to a celebration of life reception at St. Marks Church Parish
Hall beginning at 1:00 pm.
Les was born March 9, 1925 in Sanborn, Minnesota to William
Holznagel and Ella (Trapp) Holznagel.
Les was raised on the family farm in Redwood County, Minnesota, where he
formed countless friendships that lasted his entire life. In 1943 Les entered the United States Army
and served with honor in Germany and Japan during WWII as an infantryman before
being discharged in April, 1946. He was
promoted to the rank of Corporal and his awards include the Bronze Star and
Combat Infantryman Badge for his service. Les was an active member of American Legion for
many years, serving in Post 263 in Wabasso, Minnesota and Post 137 in Horseshoe
On April 21, 1956, he married Marilyn Jane Swanson in
Minneapolis, Minnesota. Les and Lynn
raised four children and were together until her passing in 1997.
Les was a gravel contractor for 25 years in Walnut Grove,
Minnesota where he and his brother owned the Holznagel Construction Company. In 1971 Les moved his family to Boise, where he
owned a Servicemaster franchise for 20 years until he retired.
An avid fisherman and hunter, Les spent each fall from his
teens into his 80’s hunting deer, bear, and elk with family and friends from
Minnesota and Idaho. Some of his most
treasured memories were of spending time with those he loved including spur of
the moment family drives with Debbie, Bill, and Dean; long days in the boat fishing
for trout, perch, bullheads or walleyes with Bill, Dean, Robert, and Rob; the
trips he made to Minnesota with his granddaughter Stephanie; and the yearly hunting
trips to Elk River or White Bird with his grandson Rob and son-in-law Robert.
He will be forever missed by his many hunting buddies, friends,
and surviving family, including his sister Arlene Rialson; his daughter
Patricia Anne (Holznagel) Strope and her husband Robert Allan Strope, grandson
Robert Allan Strope Jr., granddaughter Stephanie Michelle (Strope) Denham and
her husband Walter John Denham III, and great granddaughters Annabelle Jane
Denham and Juliette Claire Denham; and daughter Debra Lynn Holznagel and sons
William Eric Holznagel and Dean Norman Holznagel.
He is preceded in death by parents, his wife of over 40
years, Marilyn Jane (Swanson) Holznagel, brother Russell Holznagel, and his sisters
Evelyn Henry and Eulalia “Sis” Herder Sogge.
On behalf of Les and the entire family we would like to
thank all those who helped over the past several years caring for Les. Al and Cheryl Karnowski, the best neighbors
anyone could hope for, Encompass Home Health, the dedicated doctors and staff
of the Boise Veterans’ Hospital’s Silver Team, and the VA Community Living
Center Hospice and Palliative Care Unit.
A very special thank you to, Dr. Kris Schamber and nurses Brodi Palmer
and Becky Rogers of the VA, we are convinced that without their loving care and
support we would not have had these last few years with him.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in
his name to CLC Willow House by contacting the Voluntary Services at the Boise
VA (208) 422-1175.