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Kevin Holt

Kevin L. Holt, age 43, of Lancaster, passed away on Thursday, May 7, 2015, at his home.  He was born on September 30, 1971, in Lancaster, the son of Donald T. and Ella M. (Helbing) Holt.  Kevin attended Potosi Schools and drove semi for several years.  He later farmed in the Belmont and Darlington areas.  After farming, Kevin drove semi again and was currently employed at Nu-Pak in Boscobel.  He enjoyed fishing, playing cards, playing video games and working on cars.  Kevin dearly loved spending time with his two boys, Xander and Dwight.

Survivors include his two sons:  Xander and Dwight Holt; his mother, Ella Kittoe, Potosi; his siblings:  Larry Holt, Potosi; Pam Arnold, Lancaster; Donell Hefel, Dubuque, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

Kevin was preceded in death by his grandparents, his father, two brothers, Dennis and Douglas and his brother-in-law, Kelly Arnold.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, May 11, 2015, at 12:00 noon at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson with Father Richard Leffler officiating.  Burial will be in St. Andrew Cemetery, Tennyson.  Family and friends may call on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.  Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Potosi is assisting the family.

John Bernhardt

John M. Bernhardt, age 92, of Cassville, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 17, 2015, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home surrounded by his family.  He was born on October 20, 1922, in Cassville, the son of Dr. Lawrence B. and Ila M. (Eckstein) Bernhardt.  John graduated from Cassville High School and was drafted into the United States Army in 1942.  He served his country until his honorable discharge in 1946 with the rank of Sergeant.  John was united in marriage to Phyllis Nies on July 5, 1945.  After his discharge, John returned to Cassville and worked as a mortician.  He later did carpentry work and was employed at Dairyland Power for over ten years.  John and his two brothers, Dr. Bernard and James, began Bernhardt Brothers Tug Boat Service which they later sold and started Bernhardt Marine Service.  These two businesses demonstrated John's great love for the Mississippi River and were very successful, employing over 400 employees.  After the sale, John and his son Robert, began Bernhardt Machine and Welding.  They operated this business until John's retirement in 1995. 

John enjoyed woodworking, photography and golf.  He dedicated his time and talent to St. Charles Catholic Church and School.  John had a wonderful sense of humor and will be dearly missed by all who had the pleasure of meeting him. 

Survivors include his daughter, Mary Ila (Chris) Esser, Cassville; his sons: Mark (Eva) Bernhardt, Moline, IL; Lawrence (Donna) Bernhardt, Cassville; Robert (Sue) Bernhardt, Cassville; Joe (Kris) Bernhardt, Lacrosse; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren;  a sister, Rosemary (Gerald-deceased) Dresen, Lancaster; a sister-in-law, Jane (Dr. Bernard-deceased) Bernhardt, Cassville; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis, his brother, Dr. Bernard Bernhardt and his brother and sister-in-law, James (Julie) Bernhardt.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, May 22, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Charles Catholic Church in Cassville with Father John Meinholz officiating.  Burial with military honors will be in St. Charles Cemetery, Cassville.  Family and friends may call on Thursday, May 21, 2015, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at St. Charles Catholic Church, where a 3:45 p.m. prayer service will be held.  Friends may also call on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.  Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cassville is serving the family.


James Hermsen

James L. Hermsen, age 88, passed away Saturday, May 23, 2015 at Orchard Manor Nursing Home, rural Lancaster. He was born October 5, 1926 the son of John and Clementine (Bohnenkamp) Hermsen. Jim graduated from Bloomington High School and was drafted into the United States Army, during the Korean Conflict. He returned home to farm in rural Bloomington. Jim was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and its Knights of Columbus and Holy Name Society. He was also a member of the American Legion Post No. 5 of Patch Grove. Jim was an avid sports fan, especially baseball and Green Bay Packer football. He was known for his great storytelling. Jim dearly enjoyed his family and keeping up with their activities.

Surviving is his siblings: Arlene (Leonard) Schmidt of Bloomington, Marjorie Jaynes of Prairie Du Chien, Joanne (Glen) Ward of Onalaska, Marguerite (Roland) Clinton of McGregor, IA., Kathleen (Michael) Leard of Prairie Du Chien, Caroline Bidwell of Las Vegas, NV., Philip (JoAnne) Hermsen of Auburn, AL., two sisters-in-law Jen and Eileen Hermsen of Prairie Du Chien, and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents John and Clementine, James was preceded in death by his brothers Ambrose and Walter, his brother- in- law, Raymond Jaynes and his step mother Helen Hermsen.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Fr. John Meinholz officiating. Burial with military honors will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the church. Martin Funeral Home of Bloomington is assisting the family. In lieu of plants and flowers, a James L. Hermsen memorial fund has been established.




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