Willard Holien, 89, of Ossian, died Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at Ossian Senior Hospice, Ossian. Visitation is Friday, July 11, from 3-7 p.m. at Ossian Lutheran Church, Ossian, and one hour before services at the church Saturday. Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 12, at Ossian Lutheran Church, Ossian, with Rev. Dave Lenth as the officiant. Burial follows at the Hillside Cemetery, Ossian. Schmitz-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Ossian, is helping the family with the arrangements.
He was born July 23, 1924, to Esther Holien on the Holien family farm in Springfield Township, Winneshiek County. He was baptized into the Lutheran faith and confirmed at Ossian Lutheran Church. He attended Country School in Winneshiek County through the 8th grade. After finishing school, Willard milked cows on his Uncle Seval’s farm. In 1945, he started working for Clair Reilly as a machine operator. Willard was united in marriage with Arletta Heins June 24, 1953, at the Lutheran Parsonage in McGregor. To this union seven children were born. Willard worked for Reilly Construction as a machine operator, project foreman and shop foreman. Willard retired in 2009 after working for the company for more than 60 years. He was proud to be Reilly’s first employee. Willard was a member of the Ossian Lutheran Church and served on the church council. He also was a member of Silver Springs Golf and Country Club in Ossian. Willard enjoyed morning coffee at Bambino’s, bowling, fishing, traveling, watching college sports, the Chicago Cubs and the Green Bay Packers. 
Willard is survived by his seven children: David (Vicky) Holien of Parker, Colo.; Denis (Margie) Holien of Ossian; Kathy (Dick) Munoz of Des Moines; Kris (David) Berton of Morrison, Colo.; Dan (Sheryl) Holien of Ossian; Darryl (Pam) Holien of Brooklyn Park, Minn.; and Daren (Kristi Sue) Holien of Calmar; 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Joyce Heins, Postville, and brother- and sister-in-law, Fred and Rose Heins, Cedar Falls.
Willard was preceded in death by his wife, Arletta; his mother, Esther Schroeder; his step-father, Eddie Schroeder; his mother and father-in-law, Harlen and Martha Heins, and his brother-in-law, Hilery Heins.