Jean Martin Holmberg died Monday, June 30, 2003. He was born May 29, 1917 in Whitewater, Kansas. Jean grew up in Florence, Kansas and graduated from Florence High School. He also graduated from Kansas University. Jean was in the Army during World War II and served with the Fifth Armored Division as a Commanding Officer of a Plattoon and later as a Commanding Officer of a Company under George Patton. He served in the Battles in 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 geophysist and retired after 27 years. He worked in numerous states during that time and saw the company grow from using a “tin can and a 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, Oklahoma and was involved with many activities for the club.
He is survived by his wife, Mary C. (Kay) Holmberg of the home, four daughters and one son. Patricia and her husband, Jerry Strang, Michelle and her husband Danny Silver, Judy and her husband John Becker, Carole and her husband Rick Foster and William Holmberg and his wife Angie. Four Grand children, Robert Reese, Stepanie Kuntz, Laura Minter, Daniel Holmberg and 4 great grandchildren, and one sister, Bonnie Gene Stamp.
Jean will be remembered for his natural ability to talk to anyone, anywhere, and anytime. He was a great story teller with a quick wit and a dry sense of humor.