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Walter C. Holmgren

Walter C. Holmgren, 89, formerly of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn., passed away Friday, July 10, 2009, at Augustana Care in Hastings.

Walter was born July 8, 1920. Walter served in the 3rd Army Div. under Gen. Patton as a squad leader in a motor division (infantry) in the African, European, and Middle Eastern areas from 1942 to 1946 during WWII. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1980.

Walter was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Sina of Norway and Sweden; brothers, Roy and Dick of Minneapolis; and wife, Anges (Peggy) of St. Paul.

Walter is survived by sons, Gary (Hammer) of Hastings and Dennis of Minneapolis; six grandchildren, Raina and Gary Jr., Kim, David, Dan, and Shane; 10 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Walter was a hero in war and also in life, from the greatest generation of time. He will be missed so much and will always be with us.

His funeral service and honor guard were at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 20, at Fort Snelling.

Arrangements were handled by the Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home, 651-437-9419.