Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, January 14, 2016
OBITUARY ~ JOHN THOMAS HOLLAND
July 24, 1913 ~ February 20, 2016
John Thomas Holland left this earth on December 29, 2015. Visitation was held on Sunday, January 3, 2016 from 5 to 7 at Tres Hewell Mortuary Chapel. A private graveside service will be held at a later date. John was born to Kenneth and Mildred Holland in Mount Ayr, IA on December 8, 1933.
John was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Mildred Holland and his son John Gregory. John is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Anne O’Neal Holland; sister Phyllis Manning; daughters Jennifer Griffis and husband Craig of Seguin, Rebecca Holland of Perry, IA, and son Thomas of San Antonio; Daughter-in-law Emily Holland of Thibodeaux, LA; grandchildren Christopher Callaghan of Seguin, Ruben Holland of Ames, IA, Meghann Holland of New Orleans, LA, Caroline Phillips and husband David of Jefferson, LA, Stephen Holland of Thibodeaux, LA, Samantha Steffens of Seguin, Amy Holland of Des Moines, IA; great-granddaughter Eloise Phillips of Jefferson, LA.
John proudly served in the US Navy Submarine Service earning the coveted “Dolphins” insignia. After his Naval service, John graduated from Drake University with a degree in Business Administration. John worked at Kelly Air Force base for 26 years, winning numerous awards for his overseas work with Iran and Saudi Arabia, as well as the Meritorious Civilian Service Award. John retired as Director of Competition Advocacy in 1990.
After retiring, John and Anne showed Quarter Horses for a number of years. John was also a tropical fish enthusiast for many years and an avid golfer who played regularly at Starcke Park.
In later years, John enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and working around his farm.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 7400 Louis Pasteur, Ste. 200, San Antonio, TX 78229; the American Heart Association, PO Box 841125, Dallas, TX 75284; or the charity of your choice .You are invited to sign the guest book at www.treshewell.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Tres Hewell Mortuary, 165 Tor Dr., Seguin, Texas, 78155, 830-549-5912.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, May of 2016