Lori Holmberg


October 27, 1961 - October 11, 2015




Lori Ann Holmberg was born October 27, 1961 at Alliance, NE to Jim and Darlene (Nye) Doyle. She was baptized at the Catholic Church at Alliance, NE.

She spent her first 12 years in Sioux County NE. She started school in a one room school house with two other students in Sioux County. In 1973 the family moved to Keya Paha Co., NE. There she found a love of the river, where she spent her time watching the animals and birds. She finished grade school at District One and graduated from Keya Paha Co. High School in 1979.  Lori attended North East Technical College in Norfolk, NE studying art and drafting.

On June 6, 1981 at the Lutheran Church in Nebraska she married Chad Holmberg of Gregory, SD.  Chad and Lori were parents to three children:  Jeremy born in 1983, Jared born in 1985 and Jamie born in 1989. She also helped raise Chad’s daughter, Bailey. A woman of many talents she held many positions in Gregory and Mitchell, after the family moved there in 1991. Lori attended Dakota Wesleyan University; she graduated in 1996 with a degree in Business Management and Marketing.  She was employed in various roles at the Dakota Discovery Museum, including assistant director and director for 17 years. Recently, Lori has been in the accounting department of Boyd’s Gun Stock.

Lori’s many interests consisted of star gazing, enjoying nature, playing with her grandchildren, studying literature and language, her steampunk and cosplay friends and family. She was a talented and quirky woman, always excited to try new things, such as learning to ski at 53.

Lori is survived by her husband, Chad: son Jeremy and significant other, Ashton and children, Dominic, Cooper, Ellie, and Haley, son, Jared and fiancé, Shelby and child, Gaige, daughter, Jamie and significant other, Josh, also daughter, Bailey; her parents, Jim and Darlene Doyle, brother, Jay his wife, Lori and their children, Natasha, Kayla, Lindsey, and Lacey; her in-laws, Norbert and Maggie Holmberg; grandmother, Olive Sargent; sisters-in -law, Wendy, husband, Wade, son, Jay Broome, Penny, husband, Wade Hanna, children, Charissa, Malinda, Timbre and Wyatt and many cousins and friends.



Thursday, October 15, 2015
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Friday, October 16, 2015
10:30 AM
Clausen Funeral Home
Burke, South Dakota


Spotted Tail Cemetery
Keya Paha, Nebraska

Posted by Pegie Douglas on October 20, 2015
Lori was a great advocate of Badger Clark. We enjoyed being a part of the Badger Clark Festival she put on at the Dakota Discovery Museum for several years. God bless her and her family.
Posted by Lelia Guilbert on October 18, 2015
I am greatly saddened by Lori's death. We worked together on so many projects including "Save the Carnegie", the park & rec summer arts program, helping to reactivate the Mitchell Area Arts Council, ssetting up wintertime children's Saturday art classes, and always open to new and creative ideas for children and adult classes. My love goes out to the Holmberg Family, especially to Jamie who when young attended my summer art programs. Lori will truly be missed but she will be long be remembered by all who knew and worked with her. Her love of things historical and artistic are legend. Thank you Lori for sharing your many gifts to the Mitchell Community.
Posted by Rod Brown on October 14, 2015
Lori left an indelible print on Dakota Discovery Museum and the lives of those whom she served. Her passion for history and all of its facets, reflected in the collection of the museum, was as remarkable as it was lasting. Her dedication to the preservation of the history through artifacts of the Middle Border Region was unmatched. She was a classmate, friend, and colleague, and she will be missed.
Posted by "Sam" Grosz on October 14, 2015
I am so sad to hear of Lori's passing. A kind and gentle person, and so devoted to Dakota Discovery Museum. Sympathy to the family.
Posted by Holli Mueller (DeLaruelle) on October 13, 2015
So sad to hear of Lori's passing. She was like a second mom to me! She was a woman of MANY talents and juggled a lot of different things but ultimately made sure her family was taken care of! My thoughts and prayers go out to the Holmberg family in this time of sadness. May God be with you, and strengthen you.
Posted by Jackie Christiansen on October 13, 2015
So shocked and saddened to hear of Lori's untimley passing. She was a lady of grace and elegance.
Posted by Kaleena Kaderabek on October 13, 2015
I am shocked and devastated to hear of Lori's passing. She was a beautiful soul and an amazing friend! Lori, you will be greatly missed by many and my thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Posted by Rollie & Ella Loon on October 12, 2015
We are shocked to hear of Lori's passing and want to extend our sincere sympathy to her family.
We SO appreciated Lori and her years of devotion to the Dakota Discovery Museum.
Rollie & Ella Loon
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