Louis Holly Sept. 24, 1934 – Nov. 5, 2020


Louis Holly

      Louis John Holly, 86 years old, died Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020 at St Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids. He developed Covid and died from complications that developed during his hospitalization.

      A public visitation will be held from 9 until 10:30 a.m. Monday morning, November 16, 2020 at Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello, where a private family service will be held. Interment will be in the Monona Cemetery, Monona, Iowa. Thoughts, memories and condolences may be left at goettschonline.com.

      Louis was born on the family farm east of Monona on Sept. 24, 1934 in Giardtownship in Clayton County. The son of Albert and Annie (Chapek) Holly. He attended rural schools and graduated from Monona High School in 1952. He was united in marriage to Carole Drahn Oct. 27, 1952 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Farmersburg, Iowa. Lou and Carole celebrated their 68th anniversary just a few days ago. Louis worked for Iowa Electric Utility for 44 years. He began his career as a meter reader and worked his way up to District Manager of NE Iowa until his retirement in 1996.
He was active in numerous civic organizations and clubs throughout his life. He was a Little League coach, Methodist youth fellowship leader, past president of Monticello Chamber of Commerce, past president of Monticello Rotary, Member of the Mason Lodge, and Jones county El Kahir Shrine. He was also an active member of the infamous Darrell's coffee club. Lou often said he was the guest speaker on many occasions. Lou loved to travel and made finding his genealogy his pastime. He and his wife traveled to Czechoslovakia in search of long lost relatives.

      Survivors include his wife Carole of Monticello, his daughter Christi (Mick) Gesie of Solon and the loves of his life, granddaughters Jessie (Craig) Calhoun of O'Fallon, Mo. and Nichole (Geoff) Stocker of Ankeny. He has six great-grandchildren and some very special nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers James and Kenneth Holly, and two sisters Marge Kliefoth and Ellen Voss and his son Jeffrey Steven Holly who died on Oct. 30, 2020.

      Lou was kind of a jokester and his laugh was one of a kind. He will be deeply missed by his family and those that knew him.

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