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Dearl Gene Holt

Dearl was born on May 30, 1948 and entered into eternal rest on November 20, 2021 with his loved ones by his side.

Dearl was a loving husband to the late Karen Holt, and beloved father to Stephanie (Richard) Blankenship, Pamela (Ronald) Coleman, Rodney Gardner, and Scott Holt; grandfather to Heather (Floy) Stevens, Dawn (Josh) Wilder, Taylor Coleman (Jonathan Jennemann), Kayla Coleman (Tyler Kofron), Morgan Holt (Logan Shields), Rodney Gardner III, Scott Holt Jr., and Karissa Concialdi; great-grandfather to Alexa, Brayden, Elijah, Kinsey, Floy Jr., Oliver, Skylar, and Barrett.

Dearl was a loving son to the late Alta Ramsey and Eugene Holt, and beloved brother to Brenda Garavaglia, Peggy Holt, Randy (Shirley) Holt, Robert (Robin) Dismang, Mike Holt, Regina Conley (Steve Roberts), Joyce (Fernandez) Smith, Jimmy (Jessie) Holt, and Cherie (Clyde) Montgomery.

He was met by those who preceded his death; mother Alta Ramsey, father Eugene Holt, step-mother Doris Holt, son-in-law Richard Blankenship, wife Karen Holt, sister Cherie Montgomery, and brother-in-law Clyde Montgomery.

Dearl served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, where he received two Purple Heart Awards. He was the true definition of a soldier. He was determined to fight through every single battle life ever threw his way. There was not a single person he met that he did not befriend. His loyalty, strength, and love for his family, friends, and country was completely admirable. 

There are many wonderful memories that will always be treasured with our dearest son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, brother-in-law, father-in-law, cousin, and friend.


Service Information:

Services for Dearl have been confirmed for Friday, March 11, 2022 at 1pm with a “Full Military Honor Ceremony” beginning at 1:30pm. We will have a “Celebration of Life” gathering immediately following the services at Jefferson Barracks. Listed below are the details for both locations:

*Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery

(Meet at the lower lot behind the offices)

2900 Sheridan Rd.

St. Louis, MO 63125


*Meramec (Arnold) Elks Lodge

(Use the Clubroom entrance door)

1515 Miller Rd.

Arnold, MO 63010


  1. Angie on December 1, 2021 at 5:29 pm

    This Is so beautiful! I was so blessed to have met this loving, good hearted man. He always told the best stories and never held back his feelings. I don’t think anyone could meet Dearl and not like him. Rest in peace Grandpa Dearl enjoy yourself in heaven.

  2. Stacy on December 1, 2021 at 6:14 pm

    Dearl you always lived your life as you wanted to and didn’t care who didn’t like it. You were always there to help me and mom. You are and always will be an amazing man, who I am blessed and greatful to call you Uncle Dearl. Love and miss you.

  3. Morgan Holt on December 1, 2021 at 7:05 pm

    We all love you more than you’ll ever know. You will always be my bestfriend💙 tell grandma we love her & both of you continue to watch over us down here!🤍

  4. Ava Kuykendall-Mills on December 9, 2021 at 5:38 pm


  5. Ava Kuykendall-Mills on December 9, 2021 at 5:45 pm

    Dearl you have always been a kind and loving man. Thank you for all your years with my sister Karen, for taking care of her and loving her and her children. You have made many memories. I am proud to call you brother. Rest without pain until we meet again.

  6. Mona K. Diss on February 16, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    I will never forget the kindness you bestowed on me when Kenny died and you always went above and beyond to help anyone in need including myself. I miss our conversations on the phone and I miss you Dearl. Rest in Peace sweet angel until we meet again.

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