PEKIN - Raymond Williard Hollar, 87, of Pekin passed away at 9:10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at his residence.
He was a former resident of North Glenn, Colo., for 33 years.
He was born Oct. 24, 1926, in Caldwell County, N.C., the son of John Andrew and Sarah Elvia Elizabeth (Smith) Hollar. He married Elizabeth L. Annes on March 19, 1942, and then took up residence in Caldwell County, N.C.
Surviving are one son, R. Troy Hollar of Pekin; two daughters, Kay V. Blakke of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Evelyn (Jay) Hart of Callahan, Colo.; a foster daughter, Celina (Mike) Parker of Williston, N.D.; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Irene (Robert) Hollar of Granite Falls, N.C. He also leaves Myrna "Sunny" Kotchever of Tempe, Ariz., who was a very dear and special friend. Sunny was his companion at many national square dance events as they traveled the United States.
He was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers and two sisters.
A World War II Army veteran, Raymond served as a squad leader in Japan with the 187th Glider Infantry. He was a life member of Roy L. King Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1232 in Pekin.
He attended Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., where he studied theology. He then became and served as an ordained minister until the time when his health declined.
His working career was as an upholsterer, first working for Broyhill Furniture in North Carolina, and later for Standard Upholstering in Denver, Colo., until he started his own shop.
He was a member of the Bachelor's 'N' Bachelorettes Square Dance Club and was a former regional director with them in Colorado and Utah. He hosted numerous national and state square dance conventions and proudly hosted annual hospice dances. He also enjoyed ballroom dancing.
His passion in the summer in Illinois was watching his great-grandsons playing baseball. He was an avid fisherman and liked to fish the streams of the Rocky Mountains.
His memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. The Rev. Randy Justus will officiate. Visitation will be one hour before the service. Private burial of his ashes will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in West Peoria, with military rites accorded by the United States Army and the Tazewell Area Ceremonial Team.
Memorial contributions may be made to Roy L. King V.F.W., 15665 VFW Road, Pekin, IL 61554.
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