Jon Wesley Holt
Jon Wesley Holt, 74, of Columbus, passed away on May 26, 2019 at Mercy Hospital Columbus.
Jon was born to Wayne and Mary Holt on January 31, 1945. He went to school at Lone Elm School and graduated from Cherokee County Rural High School in 1962. While attending Cherokee County Rural High School he was President of the Future Farmers of America.
He married Alice Janeski on June 28, 1969 in Girard. He worked as a farmer most of his life and retired from farming in 2001. He opened Shawnee Creek Preserve around 1987 becoming actively involved in both 4-H shooting sports and became a Hunters education instructor in 1990 remained active until 2016. He received the Order of the Buffalo award for services above and beyond the role of instructor in 2007, as well as, Instructor of the Year in 2007. He received an award of appreciation from 4-H shooting sports in 1999. He was a veteran and served in the U.S. Army Reserve.
Jon enjoyed being out at the range with everyone, the farm, helping with 4-H Shooting Sports and his cats.
Jon is survived by his wife, Alice; sister, Marva Holt; mother, Mary Holt; sister-in-law, Louise Hart; nephews, Gerald Holt, Gale Holt, Gregg Holt and his wife, Lori; three great-nephews; one great-niece; and 1 great-great-niece and nephew.
Jon is preceded in death by his father, Wayne Holt, brother, Gary Holt and a great-niece.
Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Friday, May 31, 2019 at the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home in Columbus, with Pastor Neal Anderson of Bethlehem Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will follow at the Lone Elm Cemetery in Columbus. The family will receive friends Thursday, May 30, 2019 from 6 to 7 pm at the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to be sent to the Cherokee County 4-H shooting sports.
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The family of Jon Holt wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Mercy Hospital Columbus, Cherokee County Ambulance Association, and Columbus Fire Department.
Arrangements and services are under the direction of Bath-Naylor Funeral Home of Columbus, KS.
Published on May 29, 2019


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Don and Judy Kline
May 30, 2019
Our hearts are with all of you. Prayers for God’s peaceđŸ’•
Betty Wernersbach
May 29, 2019
My heart and love are with all of you. May God’s peace and comfort sustain you!