Donald Holden, 92, Bismarck, died March 16, 2019, in Yuma, AZ. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at 10:30 a.m., at First Presbyterian Church, Wilton. Visitation will be on Friday, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., at the Bismarck Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.
Donald Holden was born March 11, 1927, to Ivan and Marian (Eliason) Holden. He was born in a small log and frame house about 1.75 miles from the farm where he lived most of his life. He received his education in rural schools.
Donald married Bonnie Jean Cain on June 14, 1952 and farmed with his parents until they moved to Bismarck in 1955. At that time, Donald and Bonnie Jean took over the farm where they raised a variety of crops, milked cows, and raised pigs, range cattle and chickens for many years.
Donald is a longstanding member of the First Presbyterian Church of Wilton where he served as an Elder as well as a 5th grade Sunday School teacher for many years. He was active in Gideon’s International. He served as a 4-H leader, was active in the Farm and Home Federation, and was on both the rural school board and the Wilton School Board for many years. He was a member of Roving Volunteers in Christ’s Service (RVICS), serving on 33 mission projects. After retiring from volunteer work in 2006, Holden’s bought a place in Capri Park in Yuma, AZ where they now spend their winters. The Holden’s were foster parents to nine children.
Donald loved traveling and seeing new sights. He and Bonnie Jean moved to Bismarck in 2012.
He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Jean, his sister, Aldene Barnard, brother, Kenneth (Arlene) Holden, children, Dennis, Vicki (Bruce) Riedinger, and Bruce, as well as nine grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
Donald was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Jeanne Voegele.