Jonathan Paul Sandholm

Sandholm, Jon_ovalDecember 22, 1976 ~ May 21, 2015

Jon P. Sandholm, 38, Brandon, died unexpectedly, Thursday, May 21, 2015, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Visitation will begin Tuesday afternoon, May 26, 2015, at Heartland Funeral Home, with family present 5-7pm. Funeral services will begin at 10:30am, Wednesday, May 27, at Faith United Church, Brandon. Interment will follow at Swedona Covenant Church Cemetery, Brandon.

Jonathan Paul Sandholm was born December 22, 1976, in Sioux City, IA to Eldine and Marsha (Nelsen) Sandholm as the third of four children. Shortly after, the family moved to Hartford, SD where he was raised and graduated from West Central High School in 1996. Jon went on to attend and play football for the University of Sioux Falls. Jon began a career as a Pharmacy Supervisor at Cigna Tel-Drug shortly after high school that lasted for 17 years. He recently switched careers and worked as a dispatch supervisor with UPS in Sioux Falls. Jon married Angela Swenson August 16th, 2008 in Brandon where the couple settled to raise their two children, Isaac and Lilly.

Jon had a huge heart and was a sentimental teddy bear who loved people and animals of all types. Growing up, he enjoyed the companionship of many pets and continued to share his love to this day with Goliath and Jasper, his two Labs, along with Rosie and Charlie, his two cats. Softball and football were two of his favorite pastimes. Jon was a huge fan of the Philadelphia Eagles. He also was an amazing cook and grill master, as long as it didn’t include vegetables, which he despised. Most of all, Jon’s pride and joy was his family. He dearly loved his children and his wife and never stopped teasing his siblings or protecting his little sister. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Jon is survived by his wife, Angela and children, Isaac and Lilly; his parents, Eldine and Marsha (Nelsen) Sandholm of Hartford; three siblings, Justin Sandholm of Tampa, FL, Joshua (Stacy) Sandholm of Hartford and Jessica (Tom) Torkelson of Sioux Falls; grandparents, Carroll and Eloise Nelsen of Sioux Falls; parent-in-laws, Lonnie Banghart and Sharon Swenson of Corson; sister-in-law, Jennifer (Mark) Ackerman of Valley Springs; Grandma-in Law, Betty Banghart of Valley Springs; nieces and nephews, Carter, Creighton, Mara, Nora, Casey, Kayleah, Hailey, Brooklyn and Baby T due in June; and one great niece, Hayden.

Jon was preceded in death by his Grandparents, Franklyn and Jean Sandholm; an uncle, Bruce Nelsen and Great-Grandma In-Law Hazel Swenson.

In lieu of flowers, a Go Fund Me account has been established to assist the Sandholm family.

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  • Dennis Edwards says:

    We will miss you John…. Watching you play football, working with you at Cigna, and having you as a friend. Thanks for being an positive influence in my life! My prayers go out to your family…

  • Dave & Karen Niewald says:

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss of a great man & a very caring person. We’ve known Jon for many years and I (dave) had the opportunity to coach Jon in fast pitch softball and he was so easy to coach because of his attitude and desire to want to be better. Such a Hugh loss to a special family. May God bless this special man.

  • Chelsea Cox says:

    My prayers go out to your family! Thank you so much for helping me when i needed someone the most. If it werent for you I wouldnt have stayed with Cigna. Thanks Jon.

  • Melisa Schoeberl says:

    I had the privilege of working with Jon at Tel-Drug. He was an amazing coworker and friend to me. What I remember best about Jon was his unselfish nature, always putting others’ needs first. Jon put his heart into everything he faced and he was genuinely loved by everyone he touched. My deepest sympathies go out to his family. I’m so sorry for your loss. Jon will always be with you in spirit.

  • Kim Anson says:

    Jon was a terrific person and friend. We worked together for many years at Tel-Drug and it was always a blast to be around him. He never said no to helping anyone and would do anything for anyone. You will be greatly missed Jon. It was an honor to know you.

  • Verla Sundt says:

    I met Jon when he worked at Cigna, I found that he was the most understanding, helping, selfless person I’d met in a long time. He took his time to talk with me when I needed someone. I will never forget his words to me. Never forget how this man helped and cared, when it seemed no one else did. The world needs more people like Jon. May you have peace Jon, and know that the lives you touched, and people who knew you will always remember you in a loving, gracious, respecting way. Thank you Jon for all you did for everyone .. Prayers and peace for the family of this great caring man. Remembered with loving thoughts

  • Sherry Knutson says:

    I have so many great memories of Jon when he was a student in my English class. He always had a smile, and he was so kind and personable. I know that no words can take away your pain, but please know he was loved by many, and we share in your grief.

  • Sheila Phillips says:

    It was always so nice to see Jon in the hallways at work. He always had a smile and a friendly greeting. Working with Jon was always a rewarding experience. I pray that the Lord would give you strength and comfort at this time.

  • Michael Hallengren says:

    Dee and I are so sad to hear of this loss. Way too young. Our prayers go out to you Angela and kiddos.

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