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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Alvin J. Holmen
December 18, 1945 - September 5, 2021

Place of Birth: Powers Lake, North Dakota
Residence: Powers Lake, North Dakota
Age: 75



Alvin J. Holmen was born in Powers Lake on December 18, 1945 to Alvin and Beatrice (Bilkre) Holmen. He was a younger brother to his sisters Eunice and Leanne. Bub graduated from Powers Lake High School in 1963, and then attended Minot State College. He then worked at various farm jobs which included working for his uncle, Carl Erie, and his cousin, Archie Holmen. In 1967 he joined the Army Reserve and headed off to Boot Camp in Louisiana followed by Medic Training in Texas. When he returned, he married Jeraldine (Jeri) Gibson on August 11, 1967 at Bethel Baptist Church in Powers Lake. Following their marriage, they lived in Minot, ND where he was employed by Mann’s Automotive. It was while living in Minot their sons Christopher Allen, Spencer Gibson, and Justin Dean (JD) were born.

Bubby began farming with his uncles, Oliver and Carlton Holmen. In 1978 the family moved to Powers Lake while their farm home was being built. In 1979 the family moved to the Holmen homestead and two years later their youngest son, Brooks Cole, was born.

Bubby continued to farm for several years, first with his uncles and later with the help of his sons. Poor health (two open heart surgeries and many stents) forced him to retire. He and Jeri continued to live on the farm. They traveled often to Arizona and also to Alaska. In August of 2017 they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Jeri passed away on January 19, 2019 from Parkinson’s Disease.

Hunting, fishing, and golfing with family and friends were some of Bubby’s favorite things to do. However, his greatest joy came from time spent with his grandchildren.

Bubby was a member of Bethel Baptist Church where he had served on the church board. He was also a member of the Roy Clemensen American Legion Post #96 where he served in many capacities including Commander and Color Guard. Bubby also was a member of the Powers Lake Senior Citizens.

Alvin is survived by his sons; Chris (Allison) and their children Lindsey and Brandon; Spence and his sons Alex and Kaden; Justin; Brooks (Katie) and their children Kayden, Lilly, Ella, and Colten; his sisters Eunice Ryan and Leanne (Lowell) Van Berkom; his sister-in-law Theadonna (Merlyn) Johnson; his brother-in-law’s Nathan (Marlys) Gibson and Vaughn (JoNell) Gibson; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Preceding him in death were his parents, parent-in-law’s, infant grandson Blake Holmen, brother-in-law Dick Ryan, nieces Beth Zeilinger and Dana Johnson, and nephew Ricky Ryan.

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Diane Fossum (Grand Forks, ND)
Sep 8, 2021
Brooks, Katie and extended family, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Bubby. Hugs and prayers to all of you. May our Loving Lord wrap his arms around all of you as you say goodbye to a father, brother, grandpa and uncle.
Sonny Honrud (Bismarck, ND)
Sep 8, 2021
RIP my friend
Kathryn Liska
Sep 9, 2021
Brooks & Katie - Your family is in our prayers as you navigate this enormous loss.
Kathryn Liska (Oklahoma City, OK)
Sep 9, 2021
Brooks & Katie we are keeping your family in our prayers.
Christy Follmer (Sidney, MT)
Sep 9, 2021
Brooks and family- I am truly sorry for your loss. I don't have the words necessary to mend your broken hearts, but I do hope the memories help to fill your souls during this time. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.
BRUCE RODENHIZER (STANLEY, North Dakota)
Sep 9, 2021
MYSINCERE SYMPATHIES TO ALVIN'S FAMILY & MAY HIS PRECIOUS MEMORIES BLESS & SUSTAIN US ALL IN THE DAYS & YEARS TO COME & MAY THIS BE OUR PRAYER O LORD HELP US ALL WHEN WE ARE FACED WITH A GREAT LOSS TO BE GRATFUL & THANKFUL FOR WHAT WE HAVE AMEN WITH MUCH LOVE & PRAYERS A LONG TIME FRIEND BRUCE RODENHIZER WHO ALSO WORKED FOR ALL THE HOLMEN BROTHERS,GRANDPA HOLLY,CARL & ANNIE ERIE & THE OSCAR BAKKEN'S& HAVE SO MANY BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES OF THE FAMILY,GOD BLESS YOU ALL BRUCE
Kay and Dwight Blikre (Tioga, ND)
Sep 10, 2021
We are sending our sincere sympathy to all of you in the loss of Bubby.....thinking of you all during this sad time,,,,warm hugs and thoughts....
Heidi Holmen (Tioga, ND)
Sep 10, 2021
Prayers and Sympathy for the family.
Mark Anderson and family (Tioga, N.D.)
Sep 10, 2021
Our deepest sympathy goes out to Chris,Spence,J.D,Brooks and families
Carol Skarphol Reistad Olney (Lignite, North Dakota)
Sep 10, 2021
Family of Bubby Holmen,
I am hoping you can feel the heartfelt caring and deep sympathy meant for each of you in the loss of Bubby.
“Missing you “ from a longtime friend of Bub & Jeri”
Paul Pennington (Helena, AL)
Sep 10, 2021
Jd sorry for your loss.sorry I cannot be there for you but God bless and see you soon.
Paula Erie (Saint Cloud, MN)
Sep 11, 2021
I’m so sorry for your family’s loss. I have such good memories of Bub and his stories. He will truly be missed.
Lois & Gene Comfort (Costa Mesa, CA)
Sep 11, 2021
Our deepest sympathies to Chris and family on the loss of "Bubby". Our prayer is that God will give you peace and strength to get through this time of sorrow. “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall not permit the righteous to be moved.” (Psalm 55:22)
Jared & Victoria Enger
Sep 12, 2021
Brooks and Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Ken Heier (Bismarck, ND)
Sep 12, 2021
Rest In Peace Bub. Prayers for Brooks, JD, Chris, Jo and Vaughn, Nathan and Marlys and all the family.
Steve Hobson (Ray, North Dakota)
Sep 13, 2021
Alvin was one of my favorite customers and I looked forward to seeing him around the Power's lake area. He was always up for a great conversation. I am confident in Alvin's relationship with Christ and know he is with the Lord today.
Arlene Monson (Holmen) (Minot, ND)
Sep 14, 2021
I'm sorry to hear for this loss, my heart reaches out to the rest of the family. I wish I would have known so I could have been there. You all will be in my prayers!
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