Orville John Holtmann, 68, of Bethalto, passed away at 4:04 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, at Alton Memorial Hospital.
He was born Jan. 6, 1947, in Highland, the son of the late Orville G. and Blanche M. (Conrad) Holtmann.
He was married to Ruth A. (Hamby) Dec. 15, 1969, in Edwardsville and they were celebrating 45 years of marriage. She survives.
Orville graduated from Edwardsville High School. He served in Vietnam with the United States Army. He was employed for 10 years at Owens-Illinois Glass and 21 years out of Labor Local 338, retiring in 1996. He attended the Bethalto 1st Baptist Church. He was a Bethalto Volunteer Firefighter for 20 years and a Bethalto Jaycee for many years. Orville enjoyed farming, attending sports events to see his grandchildren, visiting Las Vegas, attending auctions and spending time with his grandchildren, family and friends. He enjoyed his time at the Bethalto McDonald’s drinking coffee with his friends.
He is survived by his wife; one son and daughter-in-law, Derik and Cheryl Holtmann of Fairview Heights; one daughter and son-in-law, Kathryn and Eric Nichols of Staunton; five grandchildren, Kyle and Rachel Holtmann and Maddie, Grace and Bohdan Nichols; three siblings and their spouses, Norma and Kenny Hartlieb of Jamestown, Donald and Bev Holtmann of Glen Carbon and Donna and Jeff Mick of Edwardsville; and his mother-in-law, Louise Hamby of Cottage Hills. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, great-niece and great-nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his father-in-law, James Hamby; and his brother-in-law, James Paul Hamby.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, at the Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home in Bethalto.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, at the funeral home with Pastor Charles West officiating.
Burial will be at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto, with the VFW Post 1308 of Alton performing military honors.
Memorials may be made to Metro East Humane Society.
Online condolences and guestbook may be found at www.eliaskallalandschaaf.com.