Adam J. Holtkamp, 34

Beloved husband, father, son, brother and uncle Adam Joseph Holtkamp left this world much too soon on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, on his farm, where he was happiest. He was 34. Adam was born in Batesville on June 28, 1986 to Dennis and Joyce (Riedeman). Adam was married to Jamie Ratzel on June 30, 2017. Together they have one daughter, Lennon Audrey, and are expecting a son in February.

He attended St. Mary’s Elementary School and graduated from Greensburg Community High School in 2005. He went on to graduate from Purdue University in 2009 with a degree in Ag Systems Management. Adam had worked for several years at Premiere Ag. He had also worked previously for Crop Data Management Systems, a software company in California. He was a lifelong farmer and owner of Holtkamp Family Land and Livestock, along with his father. In March he fulfilled a long term goal of working full time for his own farm. Recently he also did some trucking for Harmeyer Trucking and had been doing various home remodeling projects. Adam was a 10 year 4H member, member of SMAFA, and was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

He leaves behind his wife Jamie, daughter Lennon, unborn son, his parents Dennis and Joyce, sister Lisa (Scott), his nieces Adyline and Kiersten, grandmother Ella Mae Holtkamp, and many family and friends who will be forever blessed by years of his love and friendship. 

His daughter and nieces were the light of his life. If anything could make Adam’s eyes twinkle even more, it was those girls. He had a special relationship with his nieces for years and made many memories with them before embracing fatherhood himself. He doted on Lennon and brought her along with him whenever he could – on trips to the river in the semi, to the barn to work on projects, to the field during harvest, to the couch for a nap.

A picture captured his pure joy when he learned that his next child would be a son.

How lucky did Adam feel every day to see his life-long dreams fulfilled: He was farming full-time with his father, was married to the love of his life, and was raising his family on the farm. His faith, love of family, and giving spirit was evident every day. He was so proud of his family and so excited to welcome his son. May we all live more like Adam.

He took care of everyone, but in quiet ways. He checked in on his grandmother. He did work for others because it needed done and was the right thing to do. He nurtured his wife and daughter. He wanted no praise and no credit. He was the ultimate giver. If you needed help, he was there. And he was so much fun to be around. 

Adam never let the sun set without his family and friends knowing what they meant to him. He didn’t need words to make sure they knew. His every day actions left no question.

A private Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greensburg, with Father John Meyer officiating and will be broadcast on the funeral home Facebook page on Monday, February, 1 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be held in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to a trust fund being established for Adam and Jamie’s children. Please contact funeral home for more information on donating. Online condolences can be made to the family at  

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