Harold Holtum, 93, father of Fountain woman

Harold (Sonny) A. Holtum, 93, of Freeport, Ill., died on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, at Oakley Courts Assisted Living.

He was born on March 25, 1925, the son of the late Harold W. and Hazel (Hahn) Holtum.

He was a graduate of Freeport High School and received his bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis., where he was a member of Kappa Eta Kappa, Delta Chapter.

He served in the United States Army from 1943 to 1946, 295th Ordnance Company, Heavy Maintenance. He served in Europe during World War II in the Rhineland Campaign.

He married Patricia Sweitzer in 1951 in Madison, Wis. She died in 1982.

He worked for Fairbanks-Morse in Freeport until moving to Edina, where he worked for Honeywell for many years until retirement.

He married Pamela Reed in 1987 in Freeport. They lived in Edina until she died in 2016. He then moved back to his hometown of Freeport to Oakley Courts.

His memberships include the Masonic Lodge, Order of the Eastern Star, Freeport VFW and he is a baptized and confirmed member of First Lutheran Church of Freeport. He was a scoutmaster for Edina-Morningside Boy Scout Troop 4. He co-founded Karma Kagyu Buddhist Meditation Center with his wife Pamela at their home. He was an avid reader, enjoyed Civil War history and was an Abraham Lincoln enthusiast.

He is survived by his daughter, Jessica (David) Holtum-Schwier of Fountain; son, Andrew (Tamera) Holtum of Phoenix, Ariz; grandchildren, Christopher (Jenniffer) Stoltz and Emma Holtum; great-grandchildren, Saideh Stoltz and Carson Stoltz; sisters, Donna Morton of Freeport and Nancy Holtum of Freeport; several nieces and nephews; adopted children from his marriage to his second wife, Joseph A. (Julie) Reed and Alexia Reed-Holtum and their children, Isabella Gerry and Joseph T. Reed.

He was preceded in death by his wives, Patricia and Pamela.

A memorial service for him was held on Saturday, Dec. 1 at First Lutheran Church in Freeport with the Rev. Keith Johnson presiding. Interment took place at Oakland Cemetery in Freeport.

A memorial fund has been established for Friends Forever Humane Society in Freeport.

Condolences may be shared at www.walkermortuary.com.