By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer
By Gabriel Monte
CNJ Staff writer
If clothing made the man, Anthony “Buddy” Holmberg’s clothes made him a man with a passion for having fun.
Holmberg, 75, who owned and operated one of the oldest jewelry stores in Clovis, died Tuesday at his home.
Colorful clothing was his signature, the brighter, the better, family and friends said.
“He never met a loud garment he didn’t like,” said his son, Courtney Holmberg. “His closet was a rainbow.”
Rod Dickinson, a friend of Holmberg’s for more than 30 years, shared his friend’s taste in clothing.
“We had a thing about wearing red at Christmas,” he said.
Holmberg was born Feb. 8, 1932, in Red Oak, Iowa, to Anthony and Tommye Holmberg. He went to school at Peacock Military Academy in San Antonio. He served as a staff sergeant in the Korean War.
His father opened Holmberg jewelry after moving to Clovis during World War II. In 1964, Holmberg took over the family business.
“Holmberg Jewelry is one of the oldest jewelry stores in Clovis — family-owned since the ’40s,” said Josephine Haney, who had worked for Holmberg since he took over the store.
Aside from golf, Holmberg had a passion for gambling and would regularly visit Las Vegas casinos, friends said.
“He was in hog heaven when he could go to Vegas and gamble,” Dickinson said. “He wasn’t a gambleholic … He knew what to do; it was a science to him, he studied it, he read books on it.”
Holmberg’s health deteriorated after suffering a stroke in December, his son said.
“Dad was full of life, everything was just great until then,” Courtney Holmberg said. “And then, boy, just from there, it was tough to see him that situation because I know it was something he never would have wanted, he was always the life of the party and always in to having a good time and doing things with his friends.”
Holmberg was also a member of several community groups such as the Committee of 50, Clovis-Portales Elks Lodge, Masonic Lodge and the Clovis Chamber of Commerce.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Muffley Funeral Home Chapel.