Gerald Holtzen | Aurora News-Subscribe
Gerald Holtzen, 85, of Aurora, died on Sunday February 6, 2022 at Westfield Quality Care.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m., Monday, February 14 at Aurora United Methodist Church. Reverend Michelle Reed will officiate. There will be a private family burial service at Aurora Cemetery. Visiting hours will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Higby-McQuiston Mortuary. Memorials may be made to the family for later designation. Condolences may be emailed to the family through the morgue’s website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Gerald Ardean Holtzen, son of Herman A. and Ellen M. (Carpenter) Holtzen, was born in Bradshaw, February 13, 1936 and died in Aurora, February 6, 2022, at the age of 85.
He grew up in Aurora, attended a country school, and graduated from Aurora High School Class of 1953. Gerald worked as a farmhand, then started on the racetrack with Bob Humrich, Sr. He served in the United States Army from 1958 to 1960. After being honorably discharged, Gerald returned to horse racing as a trainer and owner.
On February 16, 1968, he married Inez ‘Joy’ Filkin at EUB Church in Aurora. Gerald started farming and later they ended up on an area on the southern edge of Aurora, where they raised pigs, sheep and horses. Joy passed away on December 13, 2014. Due to his medical condition, he spent the last two years at Westfield Quality Care.
Gerald was a member of the Aurora Masonic Lodge and the Aurora American Legion. He served on the Hamilton County Fair Board for several years. Gerald loved animals, he and Joy enjoyed their many dogs and cats.
His parents predeceased him; spouse; two brothers, Larry and Dennis (Elaine) Holtzen and one brother-in-law, Herman Schuett.
Those who cherish her memory are her two brothers, Jim (Grace) Holtzen of Aurora and Joe (Judi) Holtzen of Colorado Springs, Colorado; sister, Ilene Schuett of Chapman; sister-in-law, Sharon Holtzen Nunnenkamp and six nephews, Brad, Rick, Tom and Jon Holtzen and Kenyon and Roger Schuett.