It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Anders Viktor (Vik) Holmberg. Vik died on December 8, 2022 at home. He was 78 years old.
Vik was preceded in death by his parents, Myrtle Ely and Ernst. I Holmberg, his half-brothers, Jon Wilander and Sven Wilander and his nephew, Michael Holmberg.
He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Sharon Berry Holmberg, his children, Viktor Holmberg Il, Anna Holmberg Neider (Jim Mobley), Brandi Whitley (Chip), and Richard Bryant (Nicole). His brothers,
Ernie Holmberg (Phyllis), Bruce Holmberg (Heidi), Ralph Holmberg (Teri) and hissister, Rhonda Holmberg Stork (Jimmy). Hisgrandchildren, Jennifer Holmberg McKoewn (Mike), Krista Holmberg Chick (Bradley), Taylor Holmberg (Claire), Leslie Neider, Laurie Neider, Annalee Bagwell, Dylan Bagwell, Macie Bryant and Nate Bryant.
Vik was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut on May 24, 1944. He graduated from Moss Point High School, where he played football and was Captain his Senior Year. After graduating High School, he continued to play semi-pro football for the Pas-Point Steelers.
He also graduated from Gulf Coast Junior College with a degree in Fire and Safety Technology and Milsaps College with degrees in Computer Science and Sociology. Vik had a great mind, a dry humor, and was always learning new things.
After working a short time with his father at Ernie’s TV Repair and Mary Carter Paint stores, he worked as one of the first paid firefighters for the City of Moss Point. He became their first paid Fire Chief and was instrumental in changing the fire rating of the City which brought Homeowners insurance rates down. He was active in many civic associations especially the Moss Point Jaycees, where he was a past president and Man of the Year. He coached Little League Baseball, Softball and Football.
In 1979 Vik went to work for St. Regis Paper Company as Fire Chief. And in 1981 he settled in Vicksburg working for Grand Gulf Nuclear Power Plant as their Fire and Safety Director. He retired on disability after a few years of computer programming, developing a school program for a Texas School.
Vik was a member of Crawford StreetMethodist Church where he taught Sunday School for many years. He also directed a divorce recovery for the general public through Crawford Street. He was told many times “man you saved my life by having this program”.
Vik was a member of the theatre guild and was cast in many plays. He played various parts in Gold in the Hills and directed plays in the summers for Fairy Tale Theater until he became sick and had to start physically slowing down.
He was a man of many talents. He loved to cook, sew, read, sing, take pictures, and of course watch football. Vik loved to go to Rainbow Farms and groom the horses until his health would no longer allow him to do so.
There will be a come and go memorial service at Mike and Shelia Katzenmeyer’s house on Wednesday, December 14th at 2:00 for friends, family and church members. The address is 115 Cole Lake Road, Vicksburg, MS.
Burial will be at Rosedale United Methodist Church, 25400 Rosedale Church Road, Lucedale, MS on Monday, December 19, 2022 at 10:00 AM. After the burial Family and friends will be received at the home of Vik’s sister, Rhonda and Jimmy Stork at 19116 Roger Davis Road, Hurley, MS.
Memorials can be made to Rainbow Farms Riding Center, 280 Mattingly Road, Vicksburg, MS.See a typo? Report it here.