Monetta-Dick Holstein died peacefully in his home with family on November 3rd. Dick, of Monetta, SC was the son of the late Richard H. (R.H.) Holstein Jr. and Louise Jeffries Holstein. Dick was born in Spartanburg, SC on August 5th, 1937 and grew up on his family farm in Monetta, SC. He graduated from Ridge Spring High School, where he played football and basketball on a state championship basketball team and went on to Clemson where he studied Agronomy and received a Masters Degree in Plant Pathology. After a brief career in the U.S. Army in West Germany, Dick began a long career in Farm Credit before opening Holstein Appraisals in Batesburg in 1988, where he worked until his very last week. Dick’s extensive knowledge in his field along with his professionalism ensured his services were in demand across the Southeast. He was predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Patrician Ann Ammons. He is survived by his son, Richard H. (Rick) Holstein IV, of Batesburg, SC, Rick’s wife Melanie and their children Steven and Robert Wardlaw, and Anne-Elise (Poppin) Holstein and his daughter, Paula Holstein Herzberg of Mt. Holly, NC, her husband Dan and their children Stella and Sarah. Dick shared a visitation at his family home at 294 Holstein Ridge Road, Monetta, SC on Sunday, November 5th from 3:00 to 6:00 pm with his son David, who pre-deceased him by two days. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Society or St. John’s United Methodist Church in Batesburg, SC.
Dick was a loving father, an artist, avid golfer, faithful church member of St. John’s United Methodist Church and a leader in his field of agricultural real estate appraisal. He was an innovator in his industry and developed procedures and wrote software early on in the evolution of the appraisal industry that are still in use today. In his later years, the greatest joy in his life was being “Pop” to his three loving granddaughters Poppin, Stella, and Sarah.