Mike Holberg, former Vail resident, dies
July 2, 2010
Former Vail resident Mike Holberg died June 1 in Dallas, where he resided with his wife, Ruth, of 59 years.
Parlaying their Vail real estate investments, the couple was one of the first to move into the Christiania, Village Center and Golf Course Townhomes as each one was built.
Born in Houston in 1923, Mike was a talented trombonist, playing with some of the Big Bands of the 1940s before enlisting in the United States Marines Corps to fight in World War II. He served in the 2nd Marine Division in the South Pacific. He was wounded in the Battle of Saipan and was awarded the Purple Heart. After graduating from the University of Texas, he married Ruth Allen in 1951. They moved to Dallas, and he began a successful career as a manufacturer’s representative.
“Mike vacillated from a teddy bear to a curmudgeon, but always he had a joke not far behind,” said Connie Knight, a good friend since the 1970s.
“We’ve probably known the Holbergs as customers for at least for 30 years,” said Liz Meyer, former owner of the upscale Left Bank Restaurant in Vail Village. “As the years went by, we became good friends. We just clicked. They are such dear people. He was such a people person. We had such a good time with them. Mike was always warm and friendly and he would joke quite a bit and we laughed a lot. He was a very easy person to be with.”
Mike is survived by his wife, Ruth; daughter Kris Graves; grandson George Graves; granddaughter Gretchen Graves; son-in-law Tom Graves; and nephews Robert Holberg, of Phoenix, and Eric Holberg, of Austin. A memorial service was held June 4 at Church of the Incarnation in Dallas.
Condolences may be sent to the family: 4654 S. Versailles, Dallas, TX 75209 and, if desired, contributions to the Church of Incarnation Music Department 3966 McKinney Ave. Dallas, TX 75204.
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