Jon Douglas Hohnholt, 62, passed away on Monday, Nov. 22 at his home with his wife by his side who lovingly cared for him throughout his eight-month courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

He was born in Fort Morgan, Colo. to his wonderful mother, Norma Hohnholt, and father, Bert Hohnholt. He grew up in Broomfield, Colo. where he spent his childhood playing with his siblings and neighborhood kids in the backyard or the baseball field across the street from his house.

The family moved to Wauneta where Jon attended high school. He played many sports and created special memories with some of his lifelong friends during that time. Jon had a bit of an ornery streak, and because of that, his mother became very well acquainted with his high school principal. He graduated in 1977 and then moved to Kearney where he attended a year of college at KSC.

On March 10, 1979, Jon married Jerlyn Gage, whom he forever sweetly referred to as his “old lady”. They lived in Kearney for a year, and during that time, they had their first daughter, Jessica. The family moved to Maxwell in 1980, where their second daughter, Melissa was born, and then moved to North Platte in 1990. Jon had a love for southern rock music, and because of that, he named both of his girls after songs from one of his favorite bands, The Allman Brothers.

He loved building and creating beautiful structures, and right up until the time of his death, he would record and watch home building shows where he would study new and different ways of doing things. He worked for 84 Lumber and Kildare Lumber before branching out and starting a construction business with partners, which eventually became Sunset Construction. He built quality homes, and developed wonderful relationships right up until the spring of 2021 when his illness put him into early retirement.

 Jon loved life, he loved playing trivia and cards with his family, he enjoyed watching all sports, playing golf, and keeping stats on all of his teams. He was lifelong fan of the Denver Broncos, and loved all Colorado sports. He looked forward to the family fantasy football league every year, where was very competitive with his grandsons. He loved traveling with his wife where the primary goal was searching out the best restaurants. He loved his family dogs and tolerated the cat. Jon’s greatest joys were spending time with his two grandsons, Miles and Brady, where he always made them laugh.

Jon leaves behind his wife of 42 years, Jerlyn of North Platte; daughters, Jessica (Sam) Tedore of Omaha, Melissa (Tyler) Palacios of North Platte; grandsons, Miles Palacios and Brady Tedore; mother, Norma Denker of North Platte; brother, Dennis (Judy) Hohnholt of Strasburg, Colo.; sister, Judi Starnes of Denver; brother, Jim (Denise) Hohnholt of North Platte; sister-in-law, Cherie (Chris) Wallace of McCook; brothers-in-law, Jim (Cindy) Gage of Longmont, Colo., and Mike (Julie) Gage of North Platte, little dog Bucky; and many nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors. All of these he loved and touched deeply.

His death was preceded by stepfather, Ivan Denker; grandparents, Charlie and Clara McBride and Everett and Edith Hohnholt, and mother and father-in-law, Keith and Mary Gage.

Services will be held 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 30 at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Douglas Delp officiating. Those wishing to sign the register book may do so 9 a.m.-7 p.m. with family present 5-7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 29 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements.

The service will be livestreamed via the Adams & Swanson Funeral Home Facebook Page for those unable to attend.

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