Leif Holm

Aug. 18, 1918 - July 12, 2008

Leif Holm of Waukesha passed away peacefully surrounded by family at his residence Saturday, July 12, 2008, at age 89. He was born in Skien, Norway, on Aug. 18, 1918, the son of Henry and Nilia Holm.

Leif came to United States at age 7 and began his life on the south side of Milwaukee before moving to Waukesha. He received his bachelorís degree from Carroll College, where he was their star quarterback. He later was inducted into the Carroll College Hall of Fame. He continued his education, obtaining a masterís degree in physical education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Leif served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1941 until 1944, completing 30 missions as a B-17 pilot. On Jan. 4, 1943, he married the former Virginia "Ginger" Schwartz on the Santa Ana Air Force base in California. While in the military he earned his Distinguished Flying Cross. Coaching was a large part of Leifís life and he enjoyed coaching and teaching at Stoughton High School. He was a member of St. Matthias Episcopal Church and was an accomplished golfer. His life has made an everlasting impact as a husband, father, grandfather, brother, teacher, coach and war hero. He paved the way for so many generations and his legacy will continue.

Leif will be dearly missed by his loving and devoted wife of 65 years, Ginger of Waukesha; his 10 children, Tina Holm of Waukesha, Eric Holm of Waukesha, Greg Holm of Milwaukee, Kaia (Dave) Poulson of Waukesha, Kris (Debbie) Holm of Waukesha, Kurt (Wendy) Holm of Estero, Fla., Thor (Cynthia) Holm of Palm Coast, Fla., Maia Hanson of Waukesha, Mari Holm of Waukesha and Kali (Chas) McDonell of Brookfield; his 20 grandchildren, Nels Pederson, Erica Holm, Ginger, Meg, and Elizabeth Poulson, Jessica, Leif, Allison, Andrew Holm, Kaitlin and Logan Holm, Dylan Doyle, Antonio and Kari Holm, Thor, Madeline, Nadine and Nola Hanson, and Nilia McDonell. He is further survived by other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, Leif is preceded in death by his son, Nels; granddaughter, Kari Pederson; and his sister, Erna LaBril.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until the 7 p.m. funeral service Wednesday, July 16, at Randle-Dable Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. The Rev. Doug Sparks will preside. Private family graveside services with full military honors will be held at Highland Memorial Park.

If desired, memorials are appreciated to St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 111 E. Main St., Waukesha, WI 53186, or to Rolland Nelson Crossroads Hospice, 1020 James Drive, Hartland, WI 53029.

For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035, or go to www.waukeshafunerals.com for directions or to leave an online tribute.