Father Frank Holtz

Reverend Frank Holtz April 7, 1940 – December 17, 2015

April 7, 1940 - December 17, 2015

Frank John Holtz was born in Minneapolis, Kansas on April 7, 1940. When he was about a year old, his family moved to Clay Center where grew up. Baptized Methodist, he began attending the Episcopal Church at an early age and became very involved in youth activities. He was confirmed by Bishop Fenner in 1949.

After graduating in 1965 with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washburn University and a Doctorate of Dentistry degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, he moved to Abilene to begin his practice, retiring in 2011.

He joined St. John’s Episcopal Church Abilene immediately upon his arrival. He was a member of the Episcopal Cursillo Ministry and a graduate of the University of the South’s Education for Ministry program. Seeing a need in his home parish he answered the call to professional ministry and became ordained first a Deacon and then a Priest in 1996. He served as Priest-in-Charge of St. John’s for ten years. “All things are possible in God,” was his favorite Bible verse.

Frank Holtz was a member of the Elks Club. He was a Mason and a Shriner, especially enjoying his affiliation with the Royal Order of Jesters. He quietly supported many charitable causes in the Abilene area and beyond. He treasured his many friends from childhood and school, patients, professional acquaintances, brothers and sisters in Christ, and members of his community. He will be greatly missed by them all.

He is survived by a niece Katie Brooke Holtz and a nephew Jacob Bilbee Holtz (wife Hilary) and their mother Gloria; grandnephew Hudson Bilbee; grandnieces Layla Marie and Katilynn Brooke; and his longtime friend Patricia Sweeney. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Olive (Novak) Holtz and brother, Douglas Burton Holtz.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and United Way of Dickinson County. Checks should be made to the organization and sent to Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home, 414 NW 3rd Street, Abilene, KS 67410.