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Donald Holmer

Nov. 24, 1925-Oct. 21, 2010

Donald "Hub" Walter Holmer, 84, of Frazee, died Thursday, October 21, 2010 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes.

A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24 in Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Frazee, with visitation for one hour prior to the service.

Hub was born to Harry and Elizabeth (Daubenspeck) Holmer on November 24, 1925 in Becker County. He was baptized and confirmed at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Frazee. He attended rural schools in the Frazee area. He farmed with his father and brothers, harvested ice in Detroit Lakes and put up electric poles in Carrington, N.D., before being drafted into the Army and serving in the Korean War.

Hub was wounded and lost his eyesight in May of 1951. He spent time at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C., and then at the Veterans Hospital in Hones, Ill., for occupational therapy. He returned to the farm after his discharge and raised Muscovy ducks and laying hens.

Hub helped on the farm by milking cows and hauling bales. He loved to hunt and fish, and acted as mentor and ears for his younger brothers and sister when they started to hunt. He enjoyed playing cards with his friends. He married LaVern (Ziolkowski) Peterson in May 1964, and they made their home in Frazee.

Surviving Hub are his wife, LaVern; sons Royce (Kathy) Peterson of Park Rapids and Maurice (Gail) Peterson of Cold Springs; sisters Lucille Stapleton of Aitkin, Ethel Maves of Detroit Lakes, Betty Palmer of Perham, Alice Arndt of Bemidji and Donna Luptak of Bismark, N.D.; brothers Harry (Donna) of Silver Bay and Dick (Marge) of Topeka, Kansas; four grandchildren; seven great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents; five brothers, Leonard, Vernon, Elmer, Robert and Jerome; and one sister, Evelyn.

Funeral arrangements were by Furey Funeral Home, Frazee. An online guestbook is at