Richard "Dick" Holst

richard holst

May 25, 1934 ~ August 4, 2022

Born in: Chicago, Illinois
Resided in: Clarkston, Georgia

Dick was born in Chicago, Illinois on May 25, 1934, and passed away after a valiant battle with dementia in Clarkston, Georgia on August 4, 2022, at the age of 88.

After graduating from the University of Illinois with a degree in mechanical engineering, Dick was drafted into the U.S. Army. After serving two years in the military, he met Geraldine (Gerry), the love of his life, at a Chicago pizzeria; they were married four years later, settled down in Chicago, and started their family.  After working as a grocery store manager for Kroger Foods in Chicago, Dick was transferred to Atlanta and moved to the suburb of Clarkston, where he happily presided over his growing family, numerous pets, and his collection of bears, mugs, model cars, and license plates.  Despite his move to Georgia, Dick never lost his love for the Chicago Bears and Cubs.

His passions, in addition to his family and friends, were his dogs Lily and Bud, his koi pond, jigsaw puzzles, crosswords, traveling, gardening, woodworking, and birdwatching.  Dick was an outgoing, gregarious man who loved nothing better than to chat, joke, and tease his friends and family members.

He was preceded in death by his oldest son Rick and older brother Walter.  Dick is survived by Geraldine (Gerry), his loving wife of 59 years.  He leaves behind his daughter Christine, sons Michael (Teresa Lass, fiancé), James, Robert (Cathleen), grandchildren Maxwell (Megan), Meghan Simmons (AJ), Jacob, Justin & Gracie, and two step-grandchildren Justin & Tyler, great-grandchildren Olivia and Owen, and many nieces and nephews.

He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. A celebration of Dick’s life will be held at Wages & Sons, in Stone Mountain, GA, Monday, August 8, 2022.  Visitation is from 1:00 to 2:00 with services immediately following.


Visitation: August 8, 2022 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Room: A&B

Wages & Sons Stone Mountain Chapel
1040 Main Street
Stone Mountain, GA 30083


Celebration of Life: August 8, 2022 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Wages & Sons Stone Mountain Chapel
1040 Main Street
Stone Mountain, GA 30083


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  1. It was 1976 and I was an uneasy 8 year old with a sister and a single dad, and in a brand new place not knowing anyone. Michael befriended me, and Chrissy my sister. Their family took ours in. It was safety, comfort, and stability. God bless them for that.

    I got to visit a few years ago and he was the only one home. I introduced him to my son and we hung out. He gave my son a new/boxed Hess truck from his collection. It was very sweet. God bless you, Mr Holst.

  2. So many memories of that sweet man! He had a heart of gold and adored his family. He was a hard worker but also so much fun, always telling army stories, jokes, and teasing me about my big feet. Gerry, Chris, Mike, Jim & Rob…Sending love to you all and will continue to pray you through this difficult time.

  3. CandleImageI was blessed to have Dick as a father-in-law for 17 years. And never have I met a man prouder of his family, or a better storyteller and jokester extraordinaire. He will be so dearly missed.

  4. CandleImageI have so many fond memories of Mr. Holst. First, he knew my Dad because they both were in the grocery business. I shopped in the Ingles that he was the manager of for years. He was always supportive and encouraging of me and my family. Always smiling. He then always had a kind word to say when Karin passed. A great man!

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