ANTHONY D. "TONY" HOLMBLAD
Anthony D."Tony" Holmblad, age 35, of Faribault, died suddenly on Friday, May 14, 2010 at the District One Hospital, Faribault.
Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, Faribault with the Rev. Craig Breimhorst officiating. A memorial visitation will be held at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault on Tuesday, May 18 from 4 to 8 p.m. and also in the church for one hour prior to the services on Wednesday.
Tony was born December 11, 1974, in Faribault, MN. He was the second of three children, and the only son, to Fran Holmblad and David Holmblad. Tony graduated from Faribault High School in 1993. While in school Tony played football, basketball and threw the shot put and discus, eventually representing Faribault at the State Track & Field tournament his senior year.
Tony spent the majority of his adult life working, and playing, with cars and anything else with a motor. He spent many years managing an auto salvage yard but then also had replaced vehicle windshields, worked in the service department at a local auto dealership and served on the pit crew of a race car at Elko Speedway. Most recently he had become an enthusiastic and talented employee of J&J PowerSports of Faribault. This was a fitting place for Tony to be, as most who knew him realized that if he was off the clock and if the powder was good Tony would want to be on his snowmobile; if the ice was off the lake he might be out fishing in his boat; or if neither was quite accurate he could be out on the trails on his 4-wheeler. Of course, all of the above only counts if it wasnÕt deer hunting season.
Very recently Tony asked the love of his life, Trisha Whitcomb, to be his wife. Tony and Trisha, along with her two daughters, Alexis Burch and Mollee Whitcomb, were planning a wedding for April, 2011. Tony had never been happier than when these three amazing women agreed to let him join their family.
Tony is survived by his mother, Fran Holmblad of Faribault; his father, David (and Michele) Holmblad of Faribault; his family-to-be, Trisha Whitcomb, Alexis Burch, and Mollee Whitcomb, all of Faribault; his older sister, Nancy Holmblad of Faribault; his younger sister, Valerie Holmblad and her family Michael, Bailey, and Colbey Hullett, all of Faribault; god-parents, Steve and Diane Wiltermuth of Annandale, MN; 14 aunts and uncles; 20 cousins, their children, his beloved dogs Gemini and Goober and many, many friends. Tony had a very large place in his heart for a special young lady; he was "Papa" to Camryn "Monks" Hollerung of Faribault.
Tony was preceded in death by his grandparents, Carl and Ruth Holmblad; and Edward and Frances Spitzack; and three uncles, Robert Holmblad; Ralph Schoonover; and William Schnobrich.
Honorary brothers will be Mike "Mick" Thompson, Ronald Churchill, Mike Knapper, Jeff Winter and Mark Burkhartzmeyer.
All memorials will be used by the family to follow through on what we know to have been Tony's plans and wishes and only in ways that will honor the memory of his spirit and integrity.
Tony was best known for his broad smile, deep laugh and kind, generous and fun-loving nature. It was in the spirit of his kindness and generosity that the family decided to work with LifeSource Organ & Tissue Donation to give Tony the opportunity to help as many as 60 other people even after his passing. Through this decision Tony will live on, not only in our hearts and minds, but in the bodies of others. For more information on organ and tissue donation please visit www.life-source.org.
My sincere condolences go out to the family, but to an old friend Mike Knapper. I am so sorry you lost such an important person in your like. You are in my thoughts. Love, Tammy
The world has lost a wonderful person. I was incredibly lucky to have know him. My sympathies to his family.
I met Tony through Mike Knapper. He was my joke "texting" buddy. He had a great sense of humor. And was just all around a nice guy, I was very sad to hear about the loss of a great guy. My thoughts and prayers are with all of his family and friends to a life lost way to soon.
The first time we meet Tony several years ago we had brought my truck down for Mike to fix and Tony was there. He was laughing and joking with my husband. We got to know Tony when he was over at Mike's place and we though that there couldn't be a nice guy. Always had a huge smile on his face and a laugh that was contagious. We were just shocked when we heard that Tony was gone. He will be greatly missed by everyone that had met him. May God grant you peace during this time of great sorrow.
I GOT TO KNOW TONY ABOUT 10 YEARS AGO AND WE STARTED HANGING OUT SHORTLY AFTER THAT. HE WAS A TRUE FRIEND UNCONDITIONALY. I WILL MISS OR CHATS, LAUGHTER, AND HIS SMILE. WHAT EVER YOU WERE DOING HE WOULD JUMP RIGHT IN AND HELP WITHOUT BEING ASKED. I WILL MISS OUR FISHING TRIPS UP NORTH AND AROUND HERE, THE SNOWMOBILE TRIPS WILL NOT BE THE SAME EITHER. ITS HARD SAYING GOODBYE TO HIM EVEN THOUGH HE WILL BE WATCHING OVER ALL OF US. TONY MADE ME FEEL MORE LIKE A BROTHER THAN A FRIEND AND HIS FAMILY NOW HAS A ADDITION TO IT BECAUSE I WILL BE THERE FOR THEM JUST LIKE HE WAS HERE FOR ME AND EVERYONE IN HIS LIFE. GOD BLESS YOU MY FRIEND, BUDDY, BROTHER I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU! YA HEY!!!!!!!!
I only met Tony a couple of times, but boy was he a great guy! He was a great friend to my uncle Mike and he will be truley missed. Thoughts and prayers go to all his family and friends during this difficult time. Rest in Peace Tony!
i am sorry for your loss. i was shocked to hear that he passed away. i got to know tony when he work for us at our dealer ship for a few years. He was a great person to get to no. i day went in to J&J power sports and tony come right up to me and said hi i have not seen him for so many years was nice to see tony thay day.
I met tony when I was 15 or 16 when my uncle mike knapper became friends. Over the years I have had the oppertunity to go camping and snowmobleing with tony and it always seemed like tony made it so much funner and he was always there to help if you needed it.. He will be missed very much my sympathy to his family and fiance and daughters!!!!! we know he is watching us.
I still can't believe he is gone. I always thought of Tony as being so strong but with a teddy bear heart. I'm blessed that he was a part of my family and I could call him brother. The one thing we can all hold in our hearts is that he was very much loved by everyone he met and he had a positive impact on all of those who had the privelage of knowing him.
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. God Bless.
Dear Fran, Dave, Nancy and Val, Words cannot begin to describe how very sorry I am for you and your families. I know how close your family is, and I am so saddened to think that you have lost Tony. I don't recall ever seeing Tony without a smile on his face, and I know you will find comfort in that memory, and many many more. I pray you are finding the strength to get through these very difficult days. I hope you can feel the hug I am sending you from South Dakota, and please know that you are all in my constant thoughts and prayers! Love you guys! Diana
We were part of the Little Prairie Church family when we first met Tony and his family - more than 25 years ago; yet every time we would meet, Tony always took the time to visit. Many of those visits were at Elko Speedway -- where Tony's intersts and talents to 'make machines go' were evident. May God bless each of you who are hurting, allow Him to wrap His arms around you and wipe every tear away from your eyes.
I met Tony only a few months ago, as our firm was involved in helping J&J Powersports in his hiring process. I've only talked to Tony a half dozen times or so and those were brief. But that's all the time it took to grow fond of Tony and feel as though I was talking to a freind. I remember most his warm smile and honest interest in me, when we talked. A special memory for me, happened only 2 weeks after being briefly introduced to Tony. I entered the shop for the first time since our introduction, dressed in my riding clothes (not the business, shirt & tie he had met me in.) He immediately greeted me by name, with his warm smile and genuine spirit. There have been very few people who have impacted me as warmly or deeply in such a short time of acquaintance. He will surely be missed by all who knew him, whether for a few months or many years.
Micky & I were surprised & saddened by news of Tony. As many have said he always had a huge smile and huge heart for all that he knew and will truly be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all his family & believe in your hearts that the big guy upstairs must have had bigger plans for our "big red". We love you tony, may we never forget your smile & laughter.
I have several memories of Tony during our High School years!!! He always livened up the room with his smiling face, deep voice and his freckles!! Tony always had a way to make you smile, even on your worst days. Hearing of his death truly shocked and saddened me. Tony was way too young, but God must have bigger plans for him. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of his family and loved ones he has left behind, and hopefully you will find comfort knowing he is watching over all of you from above. May God Bless All of You!
I was both shocked and saddened to hear of Tony's passing. Tony was such a great guy. I haven't seen him much since high school but, on the rare occasion that I'd run into him around town, we always took the time to stop and chat a little. As everyone else has said, he always had a smile on his face. It's not surprising to me that he has touched so many lives over the years. His spirit truly was infectious. I don't think anyone could be blue when he was around. My heart goes out to his family and friends at this sad time. God certainly got one of the best this time. Some day we'll see him again, until then, Blessed Be Tony. You'll be forever loved and missed. Jenny (Gardner) Mullenmeister
Reading all the memories bring tears to my eyes.. Tony was an awesome guy! I have not seen him in many years but, I do know what a caring, selfless and, loving person he was. We went to school together and were also neighbors at one point. I had my son my senior year of High School and I will never forget the pep talks Tony use to give me :) He was a man of his word... full of Integrity and Honor. He leaves an amazing Legacy!! If we could all just give a little of what Tony did, this world would be a better place. "Yesterday's Infulence... Today's Memories... Tomorrow's Reunion... Holding you close in thought and prayer through this difficult time. Jesus said.. "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies". Tony will forever live in our hearts and memories.
We were very honored to have Tony work for our boys at J & J Powersports. Our boys, Joe and Jake, and all the employees are deeply shocked and saddened of Tony's unexpected passing. He was a very polite, caring employee and always had a smile on his face. He will truly be missed. To all of his family and Trish and girls, we are so sorry for your loss. May God strengthen you during this difficult time. Tony is truly a hero in our eyes, giving hope and healing to many people.
I am proud to say that I got to know Tony Holmblad. We, at J & J Powersports, feel blessed to have the opportunity to spend the time we had with him. You could never have a bad day at work if Tony was there. I remember hearing alot about him way before I even met him. Trish would stop in twice a week to help us out and we started hearing stories about this unbelievable guy she was seeing, and when a Sales position was available, she said, "Just meet him", and then she smiled from ear to ear in a way that showed she clearly knew something we didn't. Was she right! Prior to meeting him or interviewing him, I asked all around Faribault and the comments I got were, "You mean, you can get Tony?"; "Nicest guy you'll ever meet"; "He'll work his butt off for you and then give you his shirt off his back"; and my favorite was, "Let me know if you pass on him, cuz I'll hire him right away!". I can say that Tony was the only person who ever exceeded that kind of praise. From day one, Tony was way more than an employee. He was another member of the family. His persistent smile and friendliness to everyone who walked through the doors sometimes resulted in friendly teasing. Jake said the other day Tony walked in, striding by him in his usual way and said, "Good morning, buddy!". Jake said, sarcastically, "Hey, Tony, why don't you smile a little..." Without missing a step Tony said, "Its harder work to frown..." That's what it was like everyday with Tony there. He improved our Business and, more importantly, our lives. Countless people have told us, "you are going to have a hard time replacing that guy", but everyone at J & J knows it will be impossible to replace Tony and usless to try. I am just so thankful I had the opportunity to know him and cherish the time we had. Tony, we look forward to seeing you again. We'll do our best for you while we're still here. Your J & J Family: Joe, Jake, Rick, Clint, Alex, Mel, Matt, Larce, Ryan and Star
When I found out that Trisha and Tony were going to get married I couldn't have been happier for both of them. I worked with Trisha at Marathon for many years and I went to school with Tony. Tony will be missed so much not only for his laughter and smiles but also for the kindness that he always shared with everyone. And Trisha was so lucky to have known him for the amount of time she did. I know that he will always be looking down on her and the girls and only hoping the best for them and that they get through this! Miss you Tony.....
What a wonderful leagcy Tony left in so few years! My heart breaks for all of you. I'm holding you up in prayer. Launie
Just want to let Tony's family know they are in my thoughts and prayers during this time. He will be missed by many. I keep seeing his smile everytime i think of him and i ask myself should I of called 911 on Friday night instead of having Trish take him would he of still be here this question i will be askin myself for awhile but god has a plan for all of us and i guess he needed Tony up there more than we needed him here. You will be missed my friend..R.I.P. Tony i will never forget you.. Sara Ernste-Standke
You know when you are a special person in someones life when they change it!Tony has changed my life and been someone I will never forget. I can remember when I was 6 years old and I met tony, I was leary but within a few days I would ask where he was asnd when he's coming back? I was introduced as "My daughter" by tony aqnd no matter what anybody says THAT is what I was to him! He always told me how important I am to him, He would even go out of his way to call and tell me that! My soul is empty and my life is dim but just like my heart is so bright and full of love, and I give all credit to Tony! Over 16 years he has been MY DAD,my mentor,and my everything. I laugh when i remember him teaching me how to drive, I think thats the one time that man was actually scared, I remember telling him "Tony, I may not be the best but hopefully I am as good as you are!Thats god enough!" I want to make it loud and clear that Tony was the only man that never left my side and has been to all my sporting events,he was there when I lost the most important woman in my life (grannie),when I had my daughter Elli, you bet tony was running in that room making sure his little girl was ok, My tears are for the memories I cherish and for the impact he has had upon me. Every place I look I see tony and im so glad he led such a wonderful life! My sympathy goes out to everyone!!!!! Just remember someday we will see tony again and that million dollar smile! RIP Anthony David Holmblad-I love you daddy, forever and always your little girl!Nick
What a beautiful young man Tony had become. I first met him in that "teen" stage in life, when he first became part of our family. Even then, Tony was one big smile. All of our kids fit together so well. As he grew up, that smile came with him. On every holiday, I would have the opportunity to hear about his latest fishing or hunting adventure or see him with one of the dogs. Gem and Goober will miss him so! I know our family cries with his other loved ones. God called you home too early for us. He must have important work for you to do. I know for myself, you will be one of my angels. "Auntie" Kathy
David and Chele and family: I can not even imagine what a loss this has been for all of you. My heart goes out to you all. I know how much Tony was loved by you and those are the moments you hold dear to your heart. What would we do without our memories of our loved ones...what would we do. Take good care of yourselves and may God be there always for you to give you strength. Love Cousin Cheri
We're both so sorry that you've lost a son. Words won't ever make up for your loss, but know that we love you both and wish we could make the hurt go away.
I remember Tony from high school! He was a great guy and will be missed! My prayers and thoughts are with all the family now!
Fran, Nancy, Val & Trish; My thoughts and prayers go out to you and the entire family during this difficult time. Just know that you are in our thoughts and prayers here in Kentucky. May God surround and hold you in His arms and give you strength and comfort in the days ahead. Revelle M. Berry & Family Manchester, KY
Tone... You were the best Friend anyone could have, & Papa Camryn will ever have!! My house is very sad right now! You will be forever missed in my home! We will never forget you Papa! We will keep you around forever!!!
Fra.n and Family, I was shocked to hear of Tony's passing. Please know that you are in my prayers and I am thniking of you during this difficult time. God Bless.
I am so sorry for your loss, such a shock. It is so very hard when someone close is taken away too soon. Thoughts and prayers go out to the family, again so sorry for the loss. Traci
I remember when papa would come get me and Sundays and i would go to his house and go out to eat and watch movies in the movie theater. We called then little "dates". I love him with all my heart and I will never forget him and now half of my heart is gone. Every time I think about him I cry and then when I started Gymnastics I barely whent to his house. And i realy realy love him and he was so young to die and i wish I spent more time with him.
My thoughts and prayers go out to Tony's family ~~ Tony was a good friend, I will never forget his big happy smile and always got a wave from him when passing on the raods.. R.I.P Tony..you will be missed by many...
Our favorite most recent memory of Tony was is smiling face and warm "Hello" every week when he came to get Camryn next door for the past couple years she has lived there. Their time together was precious to both of them. This time together is going to be a hard loss for her as she's only 11 and this is hard to comprehend! His presence is a very hard loss to everyone he knew. He would give anyone the shirt off his back if needed is how I could best explain Tony. Thoughts and prayers to his family and those closest to him!
We remember what a great guy Tony was in high school. Such a shock to hear of his passing too early in life. Sending thoughts and prayers to his family during this very difficult time. Sincerely, Jamie & Cheryl Schaffran
I am so sorry for your loss. I was shocked to hear that he had passed away. He was a great man and a wonderful friend. He will be missed.
I am so sorry for your loss Tony was a great man, I to remember him from high school and beyond and he was such a remarkable man. I was shocked as well to here of this loss,He will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Tony was a hell of a guy I remember him from high school and I hade talked to him at Johnsons he will be missed!! Iam very sorry for your loss
I can't begin to tell you what a shock this is .... Tony was such a great person ... just like his family. We are thinking of you .... praying for you. - Chris and family