Edward Holdnak passed away June 20, 2014, in Tallahassee, Florida at age 86.
Born in Freeland, Pennsylvania and raised in Kenvil, New Jersey, he spent most of the last 60 years in Northwest Florida, primarily in Panama City and Pensacola.
Holdnak played football at the University of Alabama in the late 1940's.He was recognized as "All SEC" and "Honorable mention—All American" while playing for the Tide. In 1949 he was further recognized as "Most Outstanding Player" and had his footprints enshrined at Denny Chimes on the UA campus.
Ed spent his career working in education. In the 50's and 60's, he was a school teacher and coach in Panama City, Florida.From 1968 until 1990 he was at Pensacola Junior College where he served many years as Director of Student Activities and was known affectionately as "Uncle Ed".
Ed married his college sweetheart, Mildred Anne Walden. They were married for 52 years until she passed away in 2002. They raised 3 sons, Andy, Peter and John.Along with his sons, Mr. Holdnak leaves 2 daughters-in-law, Terry Kuntze Holdnak and Cynthia Knapp. He also leaves 7 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild along with his sister, Marion Holdnak Knipper, and her husband, Kenneth Knipper.
Memorial services will be announced at a later date. The family requests that memorials be directed to the Pensacola State College Foundation, 1000 College Blvd., Pensacola, FL 32504 (850) 484-1560.
Expressions of sympathy may be submitted or viewed on line at www.kentforestlawn.com.
Kent Forest Lawn Funeral Home; 2403 Harrison Avenue; Panama City, FL 32405; (850) 763-4694.
2403 Harrison Avenue Panama City, FL 32405
Published in Tallahassee Democrat on June 29, 2014