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Jean Martin Holmberg
Obituary for
Jean Martin Holmberg
Submitted by: Bob Chada


© The Guthrie News Leader
Tuesday, July 1, 2003

Mass of Christian burial for Jean Martin Holmberg, 86, of Edmond will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, 2003 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Edmond with burial to follow in Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Matthews Funeral Home of Edmond.
Holmberg was born May 29, 1917 in Whitewater, Kansas. He died Monday, June 30, 2003.
Jean grew up in Florence, Kansas and graduated from Florence High School. He also graduated from the University of Kansas. Jean was in the U. S. Army during World War II and served with the Fifth Armored Division as a commanding officer of a platoon and later as commanding officer of a company under Gen. George Patton. He served in the Battles of Naples-Foggia, Rome and Arno and was wounded at Anzio.
After returning from the war, he married Mary C. (Kay) Kokenge in 1944. He was employed with Cities Service Oil Company as a geophysicist and retired after 27 years. He worked in numerous states during that time and saw the company grow from using a "tin can and string" to using modern digital recording and computer-aided processing.
He owned a ranch in Ramona, Oklahoma, where he raised cattle and horses. He was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association and the National Cutting Horse Association. He was active with the Sooner Saddlers in Bartlesville and was involved with many activities for the club.
Jean will be remembered for his natural ability to talk to anyone, anywhere and anytime. He was a great storyteller with a quick wit and a dry sense of humor.
Survivors include his wife, Mary C. (Kay) Holmberg of the home; four daughters, Patricia and her husband Jerry Strang, Michelle and her husband Danny Silver, Judy and her husband John Becker, Carole and her husband Rick Foster; one son, William Holmberg and his wife Angie; four grandchildren, Robert Reese, Stepanie Kuntz, Laura Minter, Daniel Holberg; four great-grandchildren and one sister Bonnie Gene Stamp.


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