Adrian Holthaus, 77, of Decorah, died Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at his home. Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 21, at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Decorah, with Rev. Daniel Knipper officiating. Organist was Mary Beth Bouska. Cantor was Cindy Schissel. Hymns were “Be Not Afraid,” “Prayer of St. Francis,” “Gift of Finest Wheat” and “How Great Thou Art.” Lectors were Willard Holthaus, Jill Houston and Adrian’s granddaughters. Offertory gift bearers were Inez Schmitt, Judy Bullerman, Dave Holthaus and Connie Sande. Eucharistic ministers were Willard Holthaus, Max Klotzbach and Anne Sloan. Memories were offered by John Holthaus. Honorary casketbearers were all of Adrian’s grandchildren. Casket bearers were Jay R. Brink, Jordan Brink, Jonah Brink, Chad Holthaus, Jason Holthaus and Devin Bernhard. Interment was at St. Benedict Catholic Cemetery in Decorah. Arrangements were handled by Schluter – Balik Funeral Home, Decorah.

Adrian Leo Holthaus was born March 5, 1937, the son of Raymond and Hilda (Bohr) Holthaus, near Castalia. Adrian was baptized at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Ossian. Adrian attended St. Francis de Sales Catholic School and St. Benedict Catholic School. After his schooling, he farmed with his father and then with his aunt. Adrian was married to Donna Reed in 1957 and together they had nine children. Adrian farmed north of Decorah, as well as operating a portable feed grinding business. In 1971, he went to work for Bruening Rock Products until 1987. He worked crushing rock as well as in many other capacities for them. He then quit and started working for Reilly Construction for 19 years, retiring in 2005. Adrian worked hard all of his life and this is a trait that he taught all of his children. Adrian was married to Sue MacDonald May 27, 1987, at St. Agnes-Plymouth Rock Catholic Church, near Burr Oak. Adrian had a passion for collecting John Deere tractors and had all seven of the “30” series, as well as 15 two-cylinder tractors and others in his collection. Adrian and Sue, along with the children and grandchildren enjoyed driving all of the tractors in many parades over the years. Adrian enjoyed playing cards and fishing in earlier years.  

Adrian is survived by his wife, Sue Holthaus, Decorah; eight children: John (Patti) Holthaus, Fountain, Minn.; Paul (Deb) Holthaus, Decorah; Alan Holthaus, Decorah; Tom Holthaus, Decorah; Lisa Boyce, Wichita, Kan.; Dawn (Kevin) Bernhard, Bancroft; Shari Brink, Waukon; and Raymond (Holly) Holthaus, Rozet, Wyo.; two stepchildren, Christopher Grandon, Ames and Jill Houston, Manly; along with 24 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren; six siblings: Willard (Mary Ellen) Holthaus, Decorah; Inez (Dan) Schmitt, West Union; Judy (Norbert) Bullerman, Calmar; Dave Holthaus, Decorah; Connie Sande, Decorah; and Max (Karl) Klotzbach, Decorah; two sisters-in-law, Elaine Holthaus, Dubuque and Lorraine Holthaus, Decorah; brother-in-law, Doug Blair, Miamisburg, Ohio; along with many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and –nephews; aunt, Sister Marie Bohr, OSF, Dubuque; one brother-in-law, Jack (Julie) MacDonald, Clear Lake.

Adrian was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Hilda (Bohr) Holthaus; one daughter, Teresa Holthaus; two grandchildren, Jessica Sue and Travis; two sisters, Jane Blair and Pat Seiler; two brothers, Ken Holthaus and Ron Holthaus; one brother-in-law, James MacDonald; nephew, Philip Blair.