Arvid J. Holey danced his way into heaven to his favorite polka music on Friday July 17, 2020, after a short battle with cancer. He was born October 29, 1939 in Coon Valley, WI to Halstein J. Holey and Adelia M. Smeby. He grew up in Coon Valley and graduated from Westby High School in 1958. He married Donna M. Parker on November 4, 1961, in Dell, Wisconsin and together they celebrated 48 years of marriage. Together they raised four children, Scott Dean, Steven Joseph, Sheila Renee, and Eric John. After Donna’s passing, Arvid married Bonnie Berding on April 2, 2010 in Las Vegas, NV.
Arvid enjoyed his polka music, and was always ready to kick up his heels. He and Donna were famous for their yearly card parties of 500 and hunting with his kids and grandkids always brought a smile to his face. Fishing trips to Canada and golf outings with his friends held a special place in his heart. Arvid was a dedicated member of the Coon Valley Lions Club, collecting eyeglasses, transporting organ donations, and supporting them in community activities. Arvid was also a lifetime member of the Coon Valley Conservation Club and a member of the Coon Valley Legion.
Arvid was well known for his smile, lighting up a room when he entered. He was loved by many and will be missed greatly by his large extended family. To him, family was his greatest achievement in life and the thing he was most proud of.
He is survived by his wife, Bonnie, his sons, Scott, Steve (Janet), and Eric (Valarie) Holey and his daughter, Sheila Jubera. Eight grandchildren, Jeffrey (Tabitha) Holey, Becca (Brandon) Dunnum, Parker, Anessa, and Ross Holey, Matthew and Hailey Jubera, and Adelia Holey. Two great-grandchildren, Abigail and Orlando Holey. He is also survived by four stepchildren Deanna (Jim) Haught, Brian (Ilda) Reyerson, Jerry (Mary) Reyerson, and Paul (Susan) Reyerson, 9 Step-Grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Arvid was preceded in death by his first wife, Donna, his parents, Halstein and Adelia Holey, 2 brothers, Harold and Gehard, 4 sisters, Beulah, Myrtle, Hazel and Aletta, 2 sisters-in-laws, June and Irene Holey, 2 brothers-in-laws, Lawrence and Lyle, and nephews, Greg Holey, Jerry Helgerson, Mark Halvorson and niece, Bernice Fink
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. at the Coon Valley Lutheran Church Cemetery. Rev. Julie Wollman will officiate. A visitation will be held Tuesday from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Seland Funeral Home in Coon Valley. All are welcome. Memorials may be given to the Coon Valley Lions or the Coon Valley Lutheran Church.
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