OBITUARY

J. Andrew Holst

November 2, 1952May 4, 2021

John Andrew Holst (Andy), age 68, passed away peacefully on the Holst Ranch May 4th, 2021. He spent his last moments looking forward to a horseback trip through God’s wilderness while exercising on the hill behind the ranch house that the family has always called the ‘stairway to heaven’, he started up and just kept on hiking.

Born in 1952 in Borger, TX to Patricia Ann Edmondson Holst of Clayton, NM, and John Louis Holst of Pueblo, CO, Andy and his three siblings, Peggy Stambaugh, Sam Holst, and Lisa Brennan were raised in the foothills of beautiful Boulder, CO. There he graduated from ‘the old Fairview High School’ and subsequently, the University of Colorado, with a degree in Environmental Conservation.

The lights of his life were Andy’s four children: two wonderful daughters beget by his wife, Jo-Ann Emerick Holst; Jenelle Holst Badulak, married to Alex; and Colette Holst Snyder, married to Matt, and mother to Eve Louise and Adalee Margaret. In 1992, he married Carla Pollock, together they bore John Carlyle Holst, married to Karrah; and Virginia Holst Corbett, married to James. He was a fabulous father and adviser to his children and grandchildren, and incredibly proud of their characters and accomplishments.

Andy’s passions—best appreciated with loved ones—included skiing, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, dirt-biking, camping in our mountains, and dancing with his bride, Carla. He loved America and passionately stood up for the freedoms inherent in our constitution and Christian values. He was a mentor and teacher to youth everywhere he went, instilling a strong work ethic, discipline, and ethics into hundreds of kids through building relationships and illustrating life lessons like, “never miss an opportunity to shut up.”

Andy’s best friends belong to the Roundup Riders of the Rockies and the Derek Firth-John Holst Memorial Dirt-bike Ride. His favorite moments were spent with people who shared his love of wide-open spaces, spectacular peaks, competition, and comradery. The kinds of folks who follow the code of the west and swap stories across the bonfire or the saddle, whether true or embellished.

The family is comforted in knowing Andy is resting in the arms of Jesus and holding his granddaughter, Sadie Rose.

For those hoping to grieve with the family, there will be a Celebration of Life on Monday the 10th at 4pm. 2417 N. Perry Park Rd. Sedalia, CO 80135. • Potluck Side dishes and desserts • In lieu of cut flowers, we would love to receive live plants that can be added to our landscaping in his memory and will double as decor.

If there are people hoping to participate virtually, the smaller, family only service, will be streamed live via Facebook at 1pm on Monday, here: https://m.facebook.com/events/177102334293205/

Services

  • Celebration of Life service and Potluck

    Monday, May 10, 2021

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Jean Hilbig

May 9, 2021

Bob and I have wonderful memories of many Utah dirt bike rides with Andy and his dad, John. We met Andy thru his Dad, who we both worked with. Andy used to bring his guitar and sing cowboy songs at the campfire.
I remember many rides with Andy. One year Andy, Don Burgner and I rode the Klondike trail north of Mosb, while all the youngsters took of on the difficult dead cow trail. We ended up on a trail more difficult than we wanted to be on. That wasn't the only time that happened. Another year at Temple Mountain, Andy and his son John and I took off on what we thought was the Blue trail and ended up on the "five miles of hell" trail. Both Andy and John took turns riding my bike up the steep cliffs for me. Only time in my biking career that I couldn't ride my own bike down or up a trail. It was several miles before we could bail off the trail. It was very scary. The old riding gang has dispersed or passed on. Bob and I were on our way to Utah when we heard of Andy's passing. I am writing this from the Exit 131 (formally exit 129) camping area. I can feel Andy's presence. The current utah riding gang is made up of all the younger generation. The original group of Don, Derek, Walter, John Sr, and now Andy, are all gone, but they helped make some of my best life memories. They will live in my memory forever.

Stacey & PJ Wiemers

May 8, 2021

Andy is credited with raising our dear friend Colette, who is like family to us along with Matt and their daughters Eve and Ada. We are lucky to have been invited to the Holst ranch a few times and share some Holiday meals and gatherings - a highlight being Matt & Colette’s beautiful wedding, dancing for hours into the night before camping on the land. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Carla, John, Gigi, Jenelle and your families as well - and we hope the lifetime of memories gives you the strength to get through this time. Xxx

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