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Michael G Holt

Michael G Holt

The Holt family is saddened to announce the sudden passing of Michael Gene Holt, 63 of Maiden Rock WI on October 9th2023.

Michael was born in Milwaukee WI on March 14th,1960 to Marshall and Sherry Holt. He was raised in Pepin WI and the surrounding communities for much of his childhood. Often working on the family farm milking and tending to the cattle. Mike graduated from Pepin High School in 1978.

 In 1979 Michael married Gloria Larson and they had two sons: Jonathan and Scott Holt. At that time Michael farmed near Mondovi and went into the roofing business. After the dissolution of Michael and Gloria's marriage, Mike got his CDL and became an over-the-road truck driver.

 For nearly 40 years Michael hauled produce from Wisconsin to the West Coast and back again, making lasting friendships across the country as he went.

In 1992 Michael married his longtime family friend Diane Lindquist. Together they had a son Michael (Mikey) Holt and Michael gained two stepsons Robert (Bobby) Finch and Timothy Finch. In 2000 Michael and Diane parted ways, remaining on good terms long after their sons were grown.

Later Mike met Anita Seipel and together they made a life on the Holt family land in the Rush River valley near Maiden Rock WI. Anita often joined Mike in the semi taking trips across the country sightseeing from the window of a big rig.

“Big Mike” as he became known to those who knew and loved him was a knowledgeable mechanic, a man who loved getting a great deal on vehicles and wasn’t known to turn down a good meal. He was a kind and caring son, father, grandfather, uncle, friend, and later in life a self-appointed “supervisor” and delegator of all things involving manual labor.

As Mike continued to drive truck he owned multiple memorable semi-trucks and over the years he racked up hundreds of thousands of miles in his trucking career. He started his own business Checkered Flag Trucking and was able to work with his sons, Michael James Holt, and Timothy Finch. Mike continued to drive semi-truck doing what he loved right up until his final promotion to heaven.

Michael was preceded in death by his elder brother Mark Lloyd Holt (Rita), his maternal grandparents Claude Andrews and Lorraine (Ristow) Andrews, and his paternal grandparents Vernon Holt and Matilda (Kemp) Holt.

Mike is survived by his sons: Jonathan (Jessica) Holt- Sarasota, FL. Scott Holt-Albuquerque, NM. Michael (Ashley) Holt- Ellsworth, WI. His stepsons Robert (Bobby) Finch-Missoula, MT, and Timothy Finch-Hudson, WI. Parents: Marshall and Sherry Holt of Pepin, WI. Siblings: Darla Holt- Buffalo City, WI. Joe (Janela) Holt-Maiden Rock, WI. Laura (Jason) Camp- Maiden Rock, WI. Miles (Penney) Holt-Durand, WI. Many adorable loving grandchildren, step-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and multitudes of friends and extended family. To know Mike was to be loved like family. He was a big man with a big heart.

Michael's family wishes to express sincere appreciation for the overwhelming outpouring of prayers, well wishes, and expressions of love during our time of bereavement. We will forever cherish the memories, laughter, and love of Big Mike until we meet again…He is set free!!!


  1. Carol (Sissy) Johnson

    So sorry for your loss.

  2. Lorena Lindquist

    So sorry to hear about Michael ( Mike) he will always and forever in our hearts. Sadly missed by all of us. Mike just know we love you and will always miss you. Rest in peace my brother I will miss all of your jokes and how you would bring me a smile after having a bad day. Forever love your sis Lorena Lindquist

  3. Linda Anderson Lager

    Hugs and prayers to Mike's family and friends. My heart goes out to you all

  4. Joel

    Very beautiful eulogy. My dad Gordon spent some time on the road trucking out west and of course they both loved the bs sessions about trucking!

  5. Marjorie Banitt

    When a family member leaves us, it causes a big hole in our lives and hearts. Not one thing or person can ever replace the one that is gone. Only Jesus can fill the void, erase the pain and lift us back to joy. Joy comes in the morning. Morning may not be here for any of you as yet, but it will come. May our gracious Lord give each one of you peace and strength, just when you need it most.

  6. Kristine Polzer

    Sending our deep sympathy to all of Mike's family.
    Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Dave and Kris Polzer

  7. patrick brantner

    I am very sorry for your loss after Mike was a great person I know him a little bit but what I remember of him sticks with me very well i wish I were still around cuz he will be missed rest in peace Mike

  8. Chris Hines

    Many hugs. So sad for your huge loss of mike
    Chris and rebecca


    My thoughts and prayers to your family. RIP MIKE

  10. kary bignell

    Sorry for your loss thoughts and prayers

  11. Kathy Huppert

    My deepest condolences go out to all of you. Such a tragic loss ????????????????

  12. Leo and Kate Piotrowski

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you

  13. Dave aardal

    Prayers to the Holt family in this time of loss.

  14. Ralph Raethke

    We are very sorry for your loss. Mike was a very likable guy and a hard worker. He will be missed by a lot of people. Prayers to his family. Ralph and Tami Raethke.

  15. Randy Alice Stein

    So sorry for your loss .lost contact over the years. To hear about Mike was a terrible shock .my prayers go out to all the family!!

  16. Holly Stein

    So very sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers are with the whole family. ????

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