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“Maggie, I am so sorry for your loss. ”
1 of 27 | Posted by: Sharon Womeldorf - Winner, SD

“May God rest your soul Norbert and comfort Maggie and your family. You were a good friend! You'll be missed Good Buddy! Rest in Peace! ”
2 of 27 | Posted by: Ron Nikodym - Shawnee, KS

“My sincerest condolences. I know what you are going through as I lost Ron in OCT of 2012. Sorry I missed seeing the two of you last summer when I was...Read More »
3 of 27 | Posted by: PATRICIA FAHL - LAFAYETTE, OR

“Maggie & family,So sorry to near about Norbie passing. Along with being a good friend he enjoyed life and enjoyed you and your family. I am sure he...Read More »
4 of 27 | Posted by: Mike & Bev Gassen - Bellwood, NE

“praying hands to signify our prayers for the entire family ”
5 of 27 | Posted by: wilma and mar;in sachtjen - burke, SD

“So sorry to hear of Norbie's passing. He was always so nice to all of us, and we were blessed to have gotten to know the both of you. Will always...Read More »
6 of 27 | Posted by: Dave & Bev Vaughn - Winner, SD

“So very sorry to hear of Norbie's passing. Maggie, we are keeping you in thought and prayer! ”
7 of 27 | Posted by: Terry and Christina Jacobsen - SD

“Clark and I are so sorry for your family's loss. He was a wonderful man. We will continue to pray for your family in the days and weeks to come. ”
8 of 27 | Posted by: Jennifer Audiss - Webster, SD

“Sending condolences to your family. I remember Norbert well as a neighbor while growing up by Dixon. He was always fun to be around and a great...Read More »
9 of 27 | Posted by: Lynn Wiedmann DeHaan - Millbrook, NY

“so sorry to hear of the passing of one of my oldest friends Maggie you have mydeepest sympathy I have known your husband since 4th grade. and you...Read More »
10 of 27 | Posted by: Alice kaupp - Vancouver, WA

“Sure gonna miss Norby's harrassment! He loved to make you laugh as he laughed right along with us!! Hugs Maggie, Wendy and all of you. His memories...Read More »
11 of 27 | Posted by: Peg and Steve Cassidy - Burke, SD

“Rest in Peace Norbie. I will never forget all your hard work and teasing... It was my privledge to have been able to deliver your fuel when I worked...Read More »
12 of 27 | Posted by: Glenn Sealey - Colome, SD

“Deepest sympathy to Magie and your family. Will greatly miss Norberts teasing and funny stories. Will miss one of my favorite nephew. Love You all...Read More »
13 of 27 | Posted by: Mildred Varilek - Red Oak, IA

“Norbert was definitely 'one of the good guys'his smile, demeanor, work ethic, and friendships speak volumes of who he was and how he led his life.he...Read More »
14 of 27 | Posted by: Carol Postulka - Pierre, SD

“Norbie will be missed by all. I'm glad to have had the opportunity to work with him at Cenex. He was a fun person & always willing to help anyone out...Read More »
15 of 27 | Posted by: Joyce Shavlk - Gregory, SD

“We just heard about Norbie and can't express how sorry we are to see him leave. We will miss his smile and giggle that he always had when we met. He...Read More »
16 of 27 | Posted by: Joe and Veronica Frasch - SD

“Maggie and family so very sorry to hear of your loss Sending my love and prayers to you So very hard to lose a husband and friend so very sorry ”
17 of 27 | Posted by: Dorothy J Diekmann - Lincoln, CA

“Maggie and Family... My deepest sympathy and prayers with you all on the passing of Norbert. Will keep you all in my prayers. Connie ”
18 of 27 | Posted by: Connie connot wernke - SD

“we are sorry to hear of your dad's passing. it sounds like he was happily doing what he loved. Barbi is just telling me about the girls helping...Read More »
19 of 27 | Posted by: wilma sachtjen - burke, SD

“I have always considered Norbert being family. He have watched my sister and I growing up when Norbert was working for our Grandpa, Woody Papousek,...Read More »
20 of 27 | Posted by: Ben Grim - Gregory, SD - Friend

“Maggie and family, so sorry to hear about Norbert. Our sincere sympathy to you and your family. ”
21 of 27 | Posted by: Maria & Keith Talsma - Gregory

“I spent many days and nights with Penny on the farm in Dixon and it was always a joy because I would get to tease and be teased by Norby. Later as...Read More »
22 of 27 | Posted by: Angela Stas - Rigby, ID - Friend

“Dear family, when I heard about Norbie I remembered years ago during a blizzard when we couldn't even see across the street we could hear him driving...Read More »
23 of 27 | Posted by: Donna Harrison - Sioux Falls, SD

“Oh so sorry to hear the news. Norbert always made me smile. He just always had a way of making the day so much brighter. I will miss his teasing but...Read More »
24 of 27 | Posted by: Mary Jones - Burke, SD - Friend

“Dear family, I am so sorry for the passing of Norbert. I will not be able to attend his funeral as I will be out of state. Cousin, Elaine (Hotz) Kauer ”
25 of 27 | Posted by: Elaine Kauer - Vermillion, SD

“I am so sorry about your loss ”
26 of 27 | Posted by: Melvin & LeRay Smith - DALLAS, SD

“I am so sorry to here of Norbies passing. I so enjoyed his teasing me at Mister G;s. May he rest in peace. ”
27 of 27 | Posted by: Alice MINER - Gregory, SD


Norbert Lee "Sonny" Holmberg was born September 22, 1942 at the family farm south of Carlock, SD. Born to Carl and Emma (Simunek) Holmberg, he was the second child of seven, born during a snow storm where the doctor was brought to the house in a weasel.

Norbert worked on the farm with his father, starting at the age of 7, this led to his love of farming. He and his brother Emil shared driving the tractor and truck. One would steer and the other ran the pedals. Some people would go out of their way to stay off the road when the Holmberg boys were on it. He attended a rural school for 8 years and from then on was self educated. While doing a good deed for the neighbors he met the love of his life, Maggie Sargent. Maggie was kind enough to marry him on February 2, 1962. It was a good thing he married her on Ground Hogs Day as this helped him remember his anniversary more times than not. They were happily married for 54 years and during this time lived in different places. They lived west of Carlock and in Bonesteel most of the time while he worked for his father. In 1967 he moved his family to Dixon and was employed for many years by Woody Papousek. While living in Dixon, the CB radio came into use. The neighbors thought he sounded 'Squeaky' on the radio, so it soon became his CB handle. He later saved enough money and bought an acreage outside of Gregory in 1975 where he lived until present day.

Norbert worked many places over the years after he ventured away from his father. Everyone knows how he loved to work. He worked at the Standard Station for five years and specialized in building muffler systems. He had his own snow removal business from 1971 to 2005 and raised pigs until 2016 with many satisfied clients. He worked at the Gregory Elevator for four years and then at Cenex from 2000 until present day.

Norbert did manage some time to play. He took his family on many trips over the years to visit family in Arkansas and Montana. In September of 1988, he traveled with Maggie and Wendy to Germany to visit his daughter Penny and her family. It was his first time on a big airplane. While in Germany Wendy's friend took him and mom up in a small air craft over many places in Germany and he drank lots of beer.

Norbert was survived in life by his wife, Maggie of 54 years; son Chad Holmberg from Mitchell and his children Jeremy, Jared, Jamie, and Bailey; daughter Wendy Broome and her husband Wade from Burke and their son Jay; daughter Pandora (Penny) and her husband Wade Hanna from Rapid City and daughters Charissa, Malinda, and Timbre and son Wyatt. He also had 15 great grandchildren that he kept busy by picking on. He is also survived by three brothers: Emil (Gwen) Holmberg, Dennis (Shelly) Holmberg, Kenny (Claudett) Holmberg, and two sisters: Darlene (Ron) Shattuck and Nancy Osgood, and many nieces and nephews.

Norbert was preceded in death by his parents Carl and Emma Holmberg, older brother Frances, mother- and father-in-law Hollis and Olive Sargent, daughter in-law Lori (Doyle) Holmberg, sister-in-law Betty (Sargent) Willis, and brother-in-law Will Oliver.

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Funeral services for Norbert Holmberg, 73, of Gregory, were held Monday, April 18, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at the Gregory Memorial Auditorium with Pastor Clay Lundberg officiating. A visitation was held Sunday evening at Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home.

Betty Wortman and Sue Connot were in charge of registration.

Music provided by Clay Lundberg, soloist, singing "Mansion Over the Hill." Recorded music was "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy" by Kenny Chesney and "Morning Has Broken" and "Tears in Heaven."

Judy Whitepipe and Rae Tyburec were in charge of flowers.

Casketbearers were Roger Frank, Doug Frank, Leon Kerner, Jim Spann, Tom Waterbury, and Boyt Young.

Honorary Casketbearers were Norbert's grandchildren, the Cenex crew, and the multitude of friends accumulated throughout his life.

After the service coffee and cookies were served in the community room by Evelyn Rezac and Sandy Jones.

Burial was in the Lucas Cemetery, Lucas, SD.

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Just A Farmer

"Just a farmer," you said, and I laughed 'cause I knew
All the things that farmers must be able to do.

They must study the land, then watch the sky
And figure just when is the right time and why.

To sow and to plant, to buy and to sell,
To go to the market with cattle and well--

You know the books that farmers must keep
To pay all those taxes and be able to sleep.

And you know the fixin' that farmers must do,
When machines like mad monsters blow a gasket or two.

I guess when God needed folks to care for His earth,
He chose "just farmers" 'cause He knew their true worth.

--Helen G. Coon, author