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Wilbern Holt

July 11, 1937 — July 8, 2022

Wilbern Dean Holt of Stites, Idaho at the age of 84 changed his address to Heaven on Friday,

July 8, 2022 surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Mount Judea, Arkansas to Pete Holt and Mrytle Mae (Sparks) Holt of Lamar,

Arkansas. He married Freida Annette Dilday on September 21, 1961 in Clarksville, Arkansas,

and they would have celebrated their 61st Wedding Anniversary this year.

Survivors include his wife Freida Holt of Stites, Idaho; his children Bonnie (Weldo) Melvin of

Auburn, WA, Connie (Ron) Pell of Athol, Idaho, Darlene Payton (Ollie) of Kamiah, Idaho, Gary

Holt of Stites, Idaho, and Kenneth (Tina) Holt of Benbrook, TX. He has 16 grandchildren and 15

great grandchildren.

Wilbern was raised in Lamar, Arkansas and lived there until he was drafted into the Army. He

completed his basic training in Missouri and was stationed in Fort Lewis, Washington.

Wilbern met his only love, Freida while working with her Dad, Carl Dilday, cutting pulpwood in

Arkansas. Her Dad, the new Pastor of the Lamar Assembly of God, told Mom that he had met

this really nice kid at work. It didn't take long for Dad to go to that church and meet "the pretty

blonde preacher's daughter" and he was hooked. While serving in the army, he proposed to his

sweetheart and they were married.

Wilbern spent over 40 years in the Logging Industry carrying a chainsaw and falling timber.

After retiring from logging, he worked in the Park and Recreation Senior Program at the US

Forest Service in Kooskia, Idaho. He enjoyed hunting, snowmobiling, 4 wheeling and camping.

He spent many hours woodworking, creating treasures for his family.

He kept busy helping others with the remodeling of their homes, and helped build several

churches. He was a member of Gospel Lighthouse Church of God in Stites and taught

Sunday School for many years. His faith in God, his family and his church were very important

to him.

He enjoyed football and basketball, always rooting for the Arkansas Razorbacks, Seattle

Seahawks, Cowboys, Gonzaga and many others.

His gentle, quiet spirit, love and hugs will be greatly missed. He was the best!

Services will be @ 11:00 am Saturday, August 13th at the Gospel Lighthouse Church of God,

Stites, Idaho with Pastor Troy Hall Jr. officiating. In Lieu of flowers we have set up a scholarship

fund in his memory.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Wilbern Holt Athletic Scholarship Fund for local

Youth. For more information or to sign the guest register, visit
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