Harold G. “Bud” Holtel, 92, Batesville, died Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at Margaret Mary Health.
Born Sept. 5, 1920, in Oldenburg, he was the son of Caroline (Brockman) and William Holtel. He married Regina Jacks Oct. 6, 1951, at Sacred Heart Church, Cincinnati.
Bud served in the Army during World War II, earning three Bronze Stars. After the service, he spent 37 years with Hill-Rom as an engineer and was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus Council 1461.
Bud loved spending time with family. When Hill-Rom would shut down in the summer, he would load everyone up and hit the road for a family vacation. According to the kids, several of them would end up grounded by the time they made it back home. Other favorite trips were yearly family get-togethers in New York and a trip to Rome and the chance to meet the pope.
He truly enjoyed his grandchildren. He and Reggie were always willing to jump in the car and attend their activities and functions. Apparently, nobody else had much luck teaching them how to drive a stick, but Grandpa could. Learning to play cards from his grandfather, he in turn taught his grandchildren, and they would play 500 often. He had a weakness for coconut cream pie and in later years, he and Reggie liked eating out. Panera Bread became one of his favorites. They were former Hillcrest Country Club members, and Bud was a volunteer at the hospital as well as taking communion to the homebound.
He is survived by his wife; daughters Mimi Ryan, Batesville, Donna Duffy, Hollis, N.H., Susan Arcy, Dublin, Ohio, and Sharon Berger, Carmel; sisters Ruth Holtel, Cincinnati, Irene McNamara, New York, and Carol Walke, Cincinnati; brother Mark Holtel, Cincinnati; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his daughter Mary Angel Holtel, sister Bernice Holtel and brothers Jerome and Father Melvin Holtel, O.F.M.
Visitation is Friday, June 28, from 9-11 a.m. at Weigel Funeral Home. Funeral services follow at 11:30 a.m. at St. Louis Church with the Rev. Randy Summers officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military honors conducted by Batesville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3183 and Prell-Bland American Legion Post 271.
The family requests memorials to the Batesville Methodist Church Summer Food Program or Alzheimer’s Association.