Walter R. ‘Wally’ Holtz


April 15, 1931 - Sept. 17, 2012



Walter R. “Wally” Holtz, a resident of Mukwonago, passed away Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, at the age of 81. Walter was born in Town of Lake (Milwaukee) on April 15, 1931, the beloved son of Walter and Hilda Holtz.


The Holtz family’s truck gardening business and greenhouses moved to Mukwonago in 1941, where Walter graduated from Mukwonago High School.


Walter proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, from 1954 to 1956, returning to help run the family dairy farm. He then went to work for Pet Milk in North Prairie for six years. He began truck gardening until 1963 and then worked with the Waukesha County Highway Department for 28 years, until his retirement. After his retirement, Walter worked full time for Roundy’s Pick ‘n Save in Mukwonago. He was an active member of the American Legion Post No. 375 in Mukwonago.


Walter was a longtime member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mukwonago. He served on the church council, was president when the new educational wing was built onto the Grand Avenue Church and served as chairman of the school, was an usher and on the finance committee. Walter served as a member of the Board of Elders and started the Boy Pioneers. He served on the hot lunch committee and sang bass for many years in the church choir.


On June 2, 1956, Walter was united in marriage to Isabelle at St. John’s on Grand Avenue. The Lord blessed them with six children, the Rev. Roger (Kim), Randy, Ralph (Diane), Rodney (Barbara), Robin Holtz and Rita Heyerholm. Walter is survived by his loving wife of 56 years; his children; his grandchildren, Adam (Kelly) Holtz, Marie (Dr. Ryan) MacPherson, Tyler (Rachel), Sarah, Joshua (Karla), Senior Staff Sgt. Aaron (Stephanie), Scott and 1st Lt. Bryan Holtz, Travis (fiancée Melissa) O’Brien, Angelina Hernandez and Jonah and Noah Heyerholm; great-grandchildren, Grace, Rose, Price and Newman MacPherson and Nolan and Lydia Holtz; and his sister, LaVerne Ahrens. Walter is further survived by many loving nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


Walter was preceded into his eternal home by his parents; his grandchildren, Emily, Jacob, Theresa, Tina, Timothy, Benjamin and Trevor; his infant brother, Alvin; his brothers and their wives, Milton and Evelyn and Arnold and Sophia; his brother-in-law, Robert Ahrens; his godchild, Linda Ahrens; and his daughters-in-law, Rose and Susan Holtz. 


The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 410 Highway NN East, Mukwonago, and again at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m, until 10:45 a.m. with funeral services beginning at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Oak Knoll Cemetery in Mukwonago.


Memorials in Walter’s name may be directed to the family.


The family wishes to extend their heart felt thanks to Dr. Christopher Hake, ProHealth Regional Cancer Center in Mukwonago, medical oncology of Waukesha Memorial Hospital and the staff of the intensive care unit at Waukesha Memorial Hospital. Special thanks and gratitude to Chris Johnson for his unfathomable support and love to Walter’s family.


Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral and Cremation Services in Mukwonago is serving the family. For more information, call 363-7126 or visit online at