Harold F. ‘Hal’ Holtz
Harold Frederick “Hal” Holtz, 97, Las Vegas, Nev., a former
Stevens Point resident and Sentry Insurance executive, died Friday, June 10,
2016, in Las Vegas, Nev.
Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in Stevens Point, with
a brief graveside ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 18.
Shuda Funeral Chapel in Stevens Point assisted with
arrangements. Condolences may be offered online at www.shudafuneral.com.
Mr. Holtz was born April 21, 1919, in Medford, a son of the
late Herman Holtz and Ida Ruesch Holtz. He graduated from Dorchester High School
in 1936 and Eau Claire State Teachers College in May 1940.
He taught in Granton from 1940 to 1942 at the junior and
senior high school level until he joined the U.S Army. He served in the U.S.
Army Finance Department from August 1942 to February 1946, with two years in
campaigns in Western Europe. He attained the rank of captain, Finance Department.
He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1946-47
and received a master of philosophy degree with a major in economics.
He was employed by Sentry Insurance from April 1947 to
January 1984. Most of his career was in management including vice president
Sentry Michigan; vice president marketing, president Sentry Indemnity; president
Sentry Fund, president Sentry Insurance A Mutual Company; and executive vice
president Sentry Corporation.
In the early years in Michigan, he was on the board of
directors of Junior Achievement, on the city of Grand Rapids Zoning Board of
Appeals and active in Gerald Ford campaigns for Congress. He represented the
American Mutual Insurance Alliance for eight years on the board of the
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
In his retirement years, he did volunteer work as a
teacher’s assistant in Las Vegas elementary schools.
Survivors include his wife, June; four children, Carol
Dierdorff, Jim (Tami) Holtz, Judy (Ben) Little and Barbara (Joe) Heath; and
many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.