Kyle Brian Holzem Obituary, Death – Kyle Brian Holzem, 30, died on June 5, 2023, in his birthplace of Wisconsin Dells, WI. Kyle was a Captain and Pilot in the United States Air Force, flying the KC-46 out of McConnell Air Force Base (AFB) in Wichita, Kansas. Kyle Holzem was born on April 2, 1993, to parents Brian and Nancy (Kozak) Holzem. Kyle was a highly active and involved young guy who was involved in a variety of athletic, academic, and other activities. He relished his many fishing excursions to Canada with his father, grandfather, uncles, cousins, and friends.
He adored his family and relished all family vacations, holidays, and time spent together. He lettered in four varsity sports in high school, was a State Powerlifting Champion, played in the band, and graduated as Valedictorian of the class of 2011. Kyle took a position at the United States Air Force Academy and graduated in 2015 with honors and a degree in Astronautical Engineering. He frequently joked that we had all met a real “rocket scientist.” Kyle then went on to pilot school and began his flying career in 2017 with the C-130J Super Hercules headquartered at Ramstein AFB in Germany.
Kyle married Megan, his high school sweetheart, love of his life, and soulmate, in 2017 before going to Ramstein. Kyle and Megan traveled and had many exciting adventures while in Germany, visiting many other European countries. Madison, their adorable baby girl, was born in 2019. They returned to the United States and McConnell AFB in 2020, and in 2021 they became parents to a son, Liam, Kyle’s “mini me.” Kyle was a proud, loving, and adoring husband and father who insisted on changing every diaper for their baby throughout the first three weeks of her existence. Every day, he stated that his primary purpose in life was to provide for his family. Kyle made everyone he encountered smile and laugh.
He was a hulking man who was ecstatic about his small fluffy dogs. Kyle enjoyed the dumbest of jokes and had an insatiable appetite for Taco Bell, insisting on eating there even on a vacation to Barcelona where he had a plenty of culinary options. His current favorite interest was using his smoker barbecue to achieve the ideal rib recipe, which we all know he would have done if he had more time. Kyle excelled at nearly everything he attempted, earning multiple accolades at every level of education and work, including his present Air Force post. Kyle’s true strength was that he was a genuinely nice human being, kind and helpful without hesitation, which made him an excellent husband, father, son, brother, friend, mentor, and leader. He was much loved and will be greatly missed.
On June 8th, a private Family Memorial Service was held in Derby, Kansas. Kyle’s life will be celebrated on Friday, June 16, 2023, at Trappers Turn Golf Club, 2955 Wisconsin Dells Parkway in Wisconsin Dells, commencing at 11:00 a.m. Kyle is survived by his wife, Megan, and their two children, Madison and Liam; his father, Brian (Donna); his sisters, Katherine (Matt) and Kassandra (Tim); nephews, Henry and Leland; and his grandmother, Florence Kozak. His mother-in-law, Becky Jarzynski (Rob), and brothers-in-law, Jake and Taylor, also survive. His numerous Uncles, Aunts, and Cousins also survive him. Kyle was predeceased by his mother, Nancy, grandmother, Marge, grandfather, Marvin, grandfather, Pat Kozak, and uncle, Scott.