In Loving Memory…

Kenneth G. Holstine

Kenneth Guy Holstine, 78, of Sedalia, passed away Thursday, April 11, 2019 at Fair View Nursing Home.

He was born January 11, 1941 in West Plains, MO, the son of Carl C. and Zxavie (Steele) Holstine.  On June 18, 1961 in West Plains, MO, he married Linda L. Presley, who survives of the home.

Ken served from 1959 to 1979 in the United States Navy, earning the rank of E-6. After retiring from the Navy, he was an over-the-road truck driver and drove a school bus.

He was a member of VFW Post 2591 and was the coordinator of the military funeral honors team. He was also a member of American Legion Post 642.

Ken traveled the world with the military. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading, playing computer games and was an avid Green Bay Packers and St. Louis Cardinals fan. He especially enjoyed his grandchildren. He was a member of Katy Park Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife of 57 years, survivors include three children, Amy S. Tackitt (Garry) of Gepp, AR, Kenneth W. Holstine (Lori) of Warrenton, MO, Beth W. Rimel of Odessa, MO; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Etta Lou Kraettli of Oklahoma City, OK.

Kenneth was preceded in death by both of his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 15, 2019 at the Heckart Funeral Home in Sedalia, with Rev. Richard DeFord officiating.

Casket bearers will be grandsons: Garry J. Tackitt, Carl A. Tackitt, Benjamin W. Tackitt, Mark I. Tackitt, Easton S. Holstine, Payton M. Holstine and Aleksandr S. Pulliam.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, April 14, 2019 at the funeral home.

Burial will be in the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville, MO, with full military honors provided by VFW Post 2591, the United States Navy, and the Patriot Guard Riders.

Memorial contributions are suggested to VFW Post 2591.


  1. Kenneth Ollison

    I am so sorry Linda. Kenneth was a good man , he is missed very much on the Honors Team.

  2. Chuck Turner remembers Ken through their discussions of their respective military years and playing cards with Chuck’s wife, Pam, and Ken’s wife, Linda, every week for years. We all enjoyed our time at Frenchie’s restaurant most weekends. Chuck and Pam will miss Ken after our meeting decades ago in Sedalia and still friends although we moved away to Texas about 15 years ago. Distance did not lessen our remembrances of Ken and even now that he has moved to a place where we hope to join him at the card table in the sky. Love to Ken and Linda.

  3. Linda, my love and prayers are with you all as you go through this difficult time.

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