Perry Lanson Holsinger

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Holsinger Perry Lanson Holsinger, age 91, of Columbus, formerly of Lebanon, PA, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by family on Monday evening, December 9, 2013. He was born in Covington, Ohio on April 17, 1922, to Frederick, a carpenter, and Mary Vannas (Inman) Holsinger. After graduating from Covington High School in 1940, Perry entered Ohio Wesleyan University. His matriculation was interrupted by Pearl Harbor and the onset of World War II, prompting him to volunteer for service in the United States Navy. He qualified as a carrier-based fighter pilot but, fortunately, he avoided combat as he experienced VJ Day in California where his squadron was preparing to ship off for the invasion of Japan. After the war, he returned to OWU to finish his degree in Geology in 1947. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and the baseball team while at OWU. His degree in hand from OWU, he entered the Ohio State University on the GI Bill and graduated in 1950 from the College of Engineering with a degree in metallurgy. While at OSU and while still in the Naval Reserve, he was ordered by his squadron commander to go on a blind date with the commander's sister-in-law, Jayne Devine. They married in 1949. After graduating from OSU, Perry accepted a position with Alcoa Inc. (then the Aluminum Company of America) in New Kensington, PA. In 1951, as a Naval Reservist, his squadron was called up for the conflict in Korea but, other than battling mosquitoes in Pensacola, FL, where he was based, he once again was fortunate to avoid combat and, in 1953, he resigned from the Naval Reserve. Perry went on to enjoy a career that spanned 38 years and stints in New Kensington, Pittsburgh, and Lebanon, PA. He was a long-term member of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Lebanon (where he served on the parish council and was an extraordinary minister) and Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Columbus. Perry loved spending time with his children and grandchildren, making toys and furniture in his workshop, Big Band music and a dry martini. Perry was preceded in death by his wife of 36 years, Jayne, their daughter Meg Sikora, and grandson TJ Santora, great-grandson Brian Santora, his brother Ralph, his sister Evelyn, and numerous sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Jean Laing of Pinehurst, North Carolina; and her four surviving children, as well as his loving children, Mary (Joe) Santora, Richard, Tom (Esther), Ann (Dane) Perelstein, Fred (Paula), Joe Sikora, Phil (Diana), John (Amy) and Martha (Pete) Laihr. His grandchildren, Annie (Ken), Philip (Emily), Richie (Daniella), Patrick (Addie), Timothy (Kellen), Fred (Erin), Mandi (Brian), Rebecca, Ilana, John (Amber), Elizabeth, Megan, Jacob, Jack, Sarah, Thomas, Julia, Sam, Abby and Ben; and eight great-grandchildren. He is survived by a sister, June Brandt; and sisters-in-law, Jo Farson, Gerry (Dan) Murphy, Ann Yersavich, and Peggy (Bill) Diehl; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Perry's was a life long and well lived. Friends and family may call on Friday, December 13, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the NOVAK FUNERAL HOME, 4476 N. High Street, Columbus, OH, 43214. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 14, at St. Catharine Church, 500 S. Gould Road, Columbus, OH, 43209. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, 6440 S. High Street, Lockbourne, OH, 43137. Memorial contributions may be made in Perry's name to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.


Funeral Home
Novak Funeral Home
4476 North High Street Columbus, OH 43214
614-268-8811
Funeral Home Details
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Dec. 12, 2013
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