Paul G. Holevoet, 69, of Atkinson, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. A funeral mass was at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 5 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, in Atkinson. Fr. S. Stephen Engelbrecht officiated. Per his request, cremation rites were accorded following the funeral mass and a private inurnment was in the Annawan Township Cemetery. A visitation was from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, May 4 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Atkinson. Memorials may be directed to the Juvenile Diabetes Association or the St. Joseph Indian School.

Paul G. Holevoet, 69, of Atkinson, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. A funeral mass was at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 5 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, in Atkinson. Fr. S. Stephen Engelbrecht officiated. Per his request, cremation rites were accorded following the funeral mass and a private inurnment was in the Annawan Township Cemetery. A visitation was from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, May 4 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Atkinson. Memorials may be directed to the Juvenile Diabetes Association or the St. Joseph Indian School.

Paul was born March 15, 1949, in Geneseo, the son of George and Georgette Holevoet. He grew up on the family farm outside Atkinson. He graduated from J.D. Darnall High School, in Geneseo, in 1968. He married the love of his life Kathy Stohl on Nov. 21, 1970, in Davenport, Iowa.

He and his wife farmed together in Atkinson, Cambridge and Mineral. He raised Chester White hogs. Even though he had to leave the farm, he remained a farmer in his heart until his last day and he continued to work in agricultural product sales for many years. He also had a brief, but legendary, stint as satellite television sale person with his sons. He was a frequent volunteer at Good Samaritan Village in Geneseo for many years. He was a proud member of the Antique Engine & Tractor Association. He cherished the International Harvestor tractors from his dad and collection of farm toys. Paul loved life and interacting with all kinds of people. He was always ready to share a story or crack a joke. 

He is survived by his wife, Kathy; two daughters, Beth Beaulieu, of Normal; and Brenda (Vince) Steenhoek, of Mingo, Iowa; two sons, Scott (Eva) Holevoet, of Carbondale; and John (Ken) Holevoet, of Lake Mills, Wis.; a brother, Art Holevoet, of Atkinson; a sister, Marylou Robinson, of Cambridge; eight nieces and nephews; 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Helen Foote, of Geneseo.

Spend more time with your family, be good to animals, take a walk in the countryside and care for one another. That is what Paul would want for all of us.