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Gene Karus Holland


10/02/1928 - 11/22/2014 Obituary
Gene Karus Holland Obituary
Gene Karus Holland age 86, went home on November 22, 2014 in Bakersfield, California with his family by his side. Dad was born in Pixley, California on October 2, 1928 to Benjamin F. Holland and Dora Raglin Holland.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Dorothy Holland, children Dan (Maureen) Holland of Hilmar, CA., Diana (Randy) Timmons, David (Tracie) Holland, Kathleen (Lionel) Thomas, Stephanie (Rodney) Evans all of Bakersfield, CA. He also has 11 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
Dad was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings Carl Holland, June Holland, Merle Horst, Mary Jo Grindle, Pauline Holland, his in-laws, Bob and Kate Williams and infant daughter Julie Ann.
He graduated from Delano High School in 1946. While in high school he sang in the choir, was active in school plays and drove the school bus. Once getting stopped by a CHP for exceeding the limit of 35mph in an effort to get some basketball players, who had sang in a choral event, back in time for their basketball game. He also attended College of Sequoias.
Dad married the love of his life, Dorothy Williams and started farming first with his family then on his own. In 1959 he moved to Pond and established Gene Holland Farms and farmed there for over 35 years. He was active with his children in 4-H as a community leader. Dad was on the Board of Trustees for the Pond Union School District from 1965 thru 1985; Dad was one of the founding members of the Central Valley Almond Association and served as Director from May 1971 thru February 1992, Vice President from July 1979 thru February 1992.
Upon retirement Dad and Mom moved to Pismo Beach, but he often said he missed the mornings in Pond standing on his front porch watching the sunrise. While in retirement he and Mom traveled in their RV taking many trips across the country.
Dad was active in the Baptist Church. He was a Deacon and Sunday School Teacher. He sang in the choir, had his own quartet and sang beautiful harmonies with Mom in church and at many weddings. They were singing together two days before he left us. Dad fought a hard battle against his illness and would always say he was able to do it because of his faith in God and his love for Mom. Dad was a man of faith and set an example of humility, kindness, support and unconditional love. He was loved, admired and was a "well respected man".
Dad wanted us not to grieve but have faith in the Lord that we would all be together again.
The family would like to thank Dr. Alan Cartmell, Dr. Madan Mukhopadhyay, CBCC, and Dr. Brij Bhambi, Central Cardiology, for their knowledge, care and compassion. To Mercy Southwest ICU, for your compassion, Thank you to a special friend Gilbert Fajardo, there are truly angels unaware.
"Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unaware."
Hebrews 13:1-2
Services to be held Friday, December 12, 2014 at 10:00am at the Delano Mortuary, Delano California. Burial at the North Kern Cemetery and a celebration of his Life at the Delano Elks Lodge.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Dec. 10, 2014
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