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William H. "Will" Holtkamp

June 19th, 1959 – June 1st, 2020

Will Holtkamp, age 60 of Astoria, Illinois, passed away at 1:45 pm Monday, June 1, 2020 at his home. He was born on June 19, 1959 in Macomb, Illinois, the son of Wayne and Rosalie (Ralston) Holtkamp.

He was an over the road trucker that had a beautiful voice and loved country and western music, as well as old church hymns.

Will was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and enjoyed going to the Indianapolis 500 Speedway.

He was a member of the Ripley Church of God.

Will was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Nita and Vanessa Holtkamp.

He is survived by his special aunt, Rita Jones of Astoria and numerous cousins.

A graveside memorial service will be held at the Ripley City Cemetery in Ripley, Illinois at 2:00 pm Sunday, June 7, 2020. Rob Laning and Brenda Wessel will officiate. Memorials may be given to the Astoria Fire and Rescue Squad. They may be sent to Shawgo Memorial Home, PO Box 525, Astoria, IL 61501


June 4th, 2020

Oh the memories of our childhood in ripley !! Him playing at the grandstand on Labor Day. R I p

June 4th, 2020

Willie’s Family- I’m so very sorry hearing this- Willie went 2 school with my brother Scotty- He always was a really nice guy... My prayers and thoughts are with you all-

June 4th, 2020

From Lisa ( Rigg ) Parkinson

June 4th, 2020

Prayers to the family lots of memories from Ripley he had a beautifull voice RIP will

June 4th, 2020

Prayers to the family lots of memories from Ripley he had a beautifull voice RIP will

June 5th, 2020

Sympathies and condolences to family and friends. Willie was a classmate from 1st grade through High School. He loved doing impressions of John Wayne and Elvis and sang beautifully. His two favorite songs were “You Ain’t Nothing But A Hound Dog” and “Blues Suede Shoes.” He’d sing, holding an imaginary mic and dancing like Elvis. He had high spirits and endured so much from the car crash in seventh grade that took the lives of his parents and sister and left Willie in the hospital with broken legs and an arm.
Rest in Peace Willie. You ARE in our hearts forever.

Greg Hayward