Pickering Funeral Home
403 N. Western, Mexico, Missouri 65265
Phone 888-581-3207 or 573-581-3207

Leslie Holtsman

   Leslie Levi Holtsman, 67, of Thompson, died at 3:50 a.m. Sunday, November 18, 2018, at his home.

   Leslie was born April 12, 1951, in Shackleford, Mo., the son of Lloyd and Opal (Gann) Holtsman. On August 17, 1991, he married Kelly M. Troutner in Panama City Beach, Florida. He worked for Ameren from 1985 to 2009. He was a graduate of Louisiana High School and the University of Missouri, Columbia.

   He is survived by his wife Kelly; his father Lloyd Holtsman, of Portageville, Mo.; three sons, Chris Holtsman and wife Lindsey, St. Louis, Tim Holtsman and wife Anna, Warrenton, and Kyle Sturm, Mexico; one daughter Sara McCarty and husband Ryan, St. Louis; two brothers, Ron Holtsman and wife Jane, Holts Summit, and Clifford Holtsman, Bowling Green; one sister, Nadine Lawson, Bowling Green; and five grandchildren.

   Leslie was preceded in death by his mother Opal Trower.

   There will be a celebration of Life on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Louisiana Elks Lodge, in Louisiana, Mo.

   Memorials may be made to Compassus Hospice or to the charity of the donor’s choice. They may be sent in care of Pickering Funeral Home, 403 N. Western, Mexico, MO 65265.

Public Tributes and Expressions of Sympathy

To Les Holtsman family. Sorry to hear of his passing. I grew up in Bowling Green and had several friends in Louisiana, including Les. Those were fun years attending dances at the Bowling alley, high school sporting events and hanging out with friends. Les was popular, good looking, and a nice guy. Condolences to his family and friends. - Karen Straube Corbus


My sincere sympathy to the Holtsman family. Les and I had a long history of friendship, playing sports from junior high school on and hanging out. Though I have not seen Les in quite awhile I knew he was having health issues through friends coworkers and family. I will not make the celebration of his life due to a previous commitment. Lloyd, Ronnie, Clifford, Kelly and all his family please express my condolences and sadness for your loss. - Stephen Jones from Clarksville


This Thanksgiving Day I will add Les to my list of blessings. He has been a great joy in my life and I'm so thankful that I was given the pleasure of having him in my life. Rest in peace dear nephew. You have been truly loved. - Lena kalicak

I m so sorry for the loss of Les. What a great guy. Kelly and family you are in our prayers. God Bless you folks. - Dave and Brenda Wilburn


Used to know Les many years ago in BG. Oh the fun in George's Olds and fast trips on Hwy 54. Les wrote great poems in study hall. Great guy. Sincerely sympathy to all his loved ones. - Judy Haley Clay