Richard Stephen Holst (Ricky), of Winder, Georgia died unexpectedly on May 22, 2018 at the age of 53. Rick is survived by his parents, Richard (Dick) and Geraldine (Gerry) Holst of Clarkston, Georgia, brothers James, Michael, Robert (Cathleen), and sister Christine, as well as several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Rick was born in Chicago, Illinois on January 23, 1965, several years before his family’s move to Georgia. He graduated from Clarkston High School in 1983 and was a member of their soccer team. Following his high school graduation, Rick attended DeKalb Community College. He was later employed as an electrician and worked for several major building contractors across the United States. Rick was an avid gun collector and proponent of gun safety. He was also an experienced photographer. Rick loved the music of his generation and listened to favorite artists such as Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Blue Oyster Cult. He enjoyed watching old Westerns on TV. As a life-long animal lover, Rick owned several pet reptiles, chickens, and dogs over the course of his lifetime. He cherished the unconditional affection and companionship which his pets gave to him. Rick will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him. Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 26th at noon, followed by a memorial service at 1:00 p.m. at Wages Funeral Home, located at 1040 Main Street, Stone Mountain, Georgia. 770-469-9811. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity in his name. Monsignor James J. Fennessy will officiate.

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  1. I am sorry for your loss. Please accept my condolences. God’s Word really gives us power beyond what is normal and can strengthen us during difficult times like this. Acts 24:15 gives a wonderful hope of a resurrection for those we have sadly lost in death. We look forward to seeing them again soon.

  2. I am so very sorry for your loss. As you mourn your loss of Ricky may you also celebrate a life well-lived on his terms. Sending comforting thoughts and prayers to all. God Bless You. Rest Easy, Richard Stephen Holst.

  3. I am saddened by the news and my heart is broken for the family. Please know that you are in my prayers and thoughts and that I love the entire Holts family dearly. May the Lord bless Ricky and accept him home. May the Lord bless Ricky’s family, that they will have the strength to endure until they see him again.

  4. So many memories! His reluctantly driving us home from Clarkston HS in the back of the brown Ford truck with the deafening backfire . . . terror when he’d burst into in Chris’ room serenading us with whatever Ozzy or AC/DC was shaking the walls, then a smiling double thump (or worse) before he left us . . . bike ramps . . . soccer games . . . marveling at all the snakes in his special room and being invited to watch some of the feedings, but always being ready for “shut the door quick, one of the snakes has escaped” . . . Camping at our lake property on weekends . . . always jokes and teasing . . . adorable smile! My heart hurts for you all.

  5. Miss all the Holst boys (and Chris).. huge part of my life back in the day at Otello and Echo Woods. Ricky being older didn’t hang as much with me, Michael, Jimmy, and Robbie.. but he would when we were stringing up water balloons or putting fireworks in the mailbox for sure :). Life is the blink of an eye. Love and well-wishes to the entire Host clan.

  6. So many great times spent with Ricky in HS. He was a great guy in which we enjoyed music, soccer and just hanging out together. He was a little rough on the outside, but deep inside he was a soft hearted man that I always knew that he cared about others. I’m very sad to hear this but my memories and time spent with Ricky will always be cherished. Prayers to the family and all those who loved Ricky like I did!
    Cheers to you!

  7. I have very fond memories of Ricky during the CHS years as he was at my house a LOT because he dated my sister Karin. Yes he loved “heavy metal “ music. I was the younger sister who would sneak around and he was always nice to me. The “cute soccer player” with an edge and a big heart. Our parents knew each other well.

  8. Damn, Ricky. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought of you over the past years. You were one of my best friends in high school. Loved going to concerts with you and hanging out. It was great to reconnect a few years back. I wish I could talk to you one more time.

  9. Dang, so many memories, my first contact was going to sweetheart dance when you were Michelle Schillaci’s date….it was memorable because the zipper on your suit busted and the evening started out with drama but ended up with dinner at Red Lobster and off to CHS for the dance. I was around Ricky quite a lot when he and Michelle dated and we kinda had a love/hate thing going on. Deep down Ricky had a heart of gold, he was funny and very easy going. Rest in Peace Sweet Ricky and my prayers to your family and all your friends. What a loss : (

  10. Love and light
    So glad to be connected to such a wonderful loving family ♡

    Prayers and condolences
    Rest well Ricky!

    Well done ♡

  11. Sorry to hear about your lost I know it can be difficult to see the brighter side of things when we are faced with these trials but god does promise us that we will have a ressurection and soon we will be reunited with our loved ones again my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family (acts 24:15)

  12. I’ll always remember Rick’s sweet smile. Always courteous & happy. There will be smiles in Heaven. You left us too soon……..

  13. Rocks was. my oldest nephew and my Wifes…oldest Godchild…we miss you Ricky and we love you.. Guns…”they aint no good unless their loaded”…

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