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Gayle Holton

April 20, 1970 — September 24, 2019

Gayle Robert Holton

Sergeant Gayle Robert Holton died peacefully in his sleep Sunday September 22, 2019.

Gayle’s personality was larger than life. He filled every room he walked into with joy and laughter and he had the ability to see something in you that no one else saw and make you feel like the most important person in the world.

Gayle was fiercely loyal and devoted to family, friends, the Minnesota Vikings, boating and his dog Cooper.

His true passion was in being a police officer. He received his Bachelor degree in Criminology from the University of Minnesota Duluth and joined the Duluth Police Department in 1998 rising to the rank of sergeant. He was a member of the Tactical Response Team, Peer Support, sat on the union board, was a founding member of the Duluth Police Foundation, reinstated and supervised the Juvenile Bureau, was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Officers and served with integrity, honesty, grace and honor.

He is survived by his sister Paige (Tobbi) Stager, brother Michael (Stacy) Johnson, sister Julie Johnson, brother Brent (Gina Barnes) Johnson, brother Scott (Judy) Johnson, sister Wendy (Kimbll) Higgins, dad Norman Johnson, beloved nieces Claira Abigayle, Audrey Paige, Samantha Rae, and Kodty Lane and his dog Cooper.

He was preceded in death by his father George Chester Holton and his mother Sharon Renee Johnson.

Gayle’s life was a gift to all that knew him. His spirit will live on and in the immortal words of Frank Sinatra:

For what is a man, what has he got? If not himself, then he has naught, to say the things he truly feels and not the words of one who kneels. The record shows, I took the blows and did it my way.”

Skol to you our dear sweet brother.

Visitation will be 5-7PM, Friday, October 4, 2019, visitation will continue Saturday October 5,2019 from Noon until the 1PM Memorial Service in the Dougherty Funeral Home, 600 E 2nd Street, Duluth, MN 55805.

Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, 218-727-3555

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Visitation

Friday, October 4, 2019

5:00 - 7:00pm

Dougherty Funeral Home

600 E 2nd St, Duluth, MN 55805

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Visitation

Saturday, October 5, 2019

12:00 - 1:00pm

Dougherty Funeral Home

600 E 2nd St, Duluth, MN 55805

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Memorial Service

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Starts at 1:00pm

Dougherty Funeral Home

600 E 2nd St, Duluth, MN 55805

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