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George Franklin Holder


11/26/1936 - 08/04/2014 Obituary
George Franklin Holder Obituary
After a brief but valiant battle with kidney cancer, George Franklin Holder (77), passed from this life to his heavenly father on Monday, August 4, 2014. His last days were spent in his Bakersfield home surrounded in body by family and close friends and in spirit by the many who kept him & our family in their prayers.
His was a colorful life - blue/green for fishing, orange for work and Canyon Coral (Salmon) for his 1940 Chevy convertible. George was a very focused individual. Whatever endeavor he undertook he did with his whole being. If you were truly his friend, you were so for life. Like many others who came to California in the 1940's George grew up working the crops with his family, seldom ever attending one school for an entire year. As a young married father he worked in various service stations back when they were "Full Service". He then went to work as a barricade service & delivery person for the Bakersfield branch of the Flasher Company headquartered in Oakland. Here he eventually became manager. Later he had the opportunity to buy the Bakersfield Branch.
At first with the help of just a few employees and later with many including his son Greg the business grew. They even added an equipment rental company and expanded to 2 Bakersfield locations known as Flashco Inc. and Flashco Equipment Rental Co Inc. George took great pride in their stellar reputation for quality and service in the community.
After his son, Greg, one of his most beloved employees was his father-in-law, Norman Luttrell. Norman being retired came to work to help out during George's first hip replacement surgery in 1984 and stayed for several years until his eyesight failed.
George first married Deloris Seal and had two children, Greg & Kellie. In 1979 George married Janice and added her two children, Christy & Susan to his family. George & Janice would have celebrated their 35th anniversary this November.
George was pre-deceased by his parents, George "Bill" Holder, mother Stella Lucille Holder, older brother, Albert & two grandsons, Dustin & Anthony. He is survived by his wife, Janice, his son Greg D. Holder, his daughters Kellie A. Gutierrez, Christina Robb (Daren) & Susan Brasier (Ken). Also, Greg's sons Michael Holder and Greg M. Holder, Kellie's children-Shantel Palmquist (Andrew) and Jake Caraza. Christy gave him Robert Laughlin & Tyler Smith and Susan recently married to Ken brought his five children into the family. What began as yours and mine became a blended family that has brought both frustrations and great joy and given George a current total of 9 great grandchildren.
George leaves a beloved brother, Aubrey Dale Holder (Margaret) and beloved "baby sister" Velma Dean Weese (Chuck). George often mentioned how much he appreciated his brother's willingness to help him at any time and how much he appreciated his sister's care for their mother and her continuing the family traditions.
He also became a loved & valued member of Janice's siblings, Pat Byrne (Bob), Norma McDonald (Curtis) and John Luttrell (Marian).
After the sale of his business, George thoroughly enjoyed his retirement years. His passion turned to classic cars. His first car as a teen was a 1940 chevy convertible. After much searching he began the restoration of his first and favorite, affectionately known as "Sammy" for its unusual color. He became quite insulted when it was referred as his "pink" car. George & Janice participated in numerous car shows traveling together with their other classic car friends around the state & a yearly show in Laughlin Nevada. George's passing will leave an empty spot in the parade.
Two of his latest 40 chevy convertibles were donated, one to Teen Challenge & one to The Mission at Kern County. If you wish to make a donation in George's name please consider these two fine organizations.
After retirement, George could often be found in the morning at Mossman's Southwest Cafe with his father-in-law, Norman, discussing the opposite sides of the latest political issues. More recently, he spent time there with his son, Greg.
George was cared for at home by Janice, family, Around The Clock staff, caregiver Viola and assisted by the outstanding care of Hoffman Hospice. We truly want to thank those who kept George & his family in their prayers.
George was very single minded in his quest to reach a goal but his true love in this life was his family who will deeply feel the loss of his presence. Yet, we celebrate his victory over death in the arms of his savior and his heavenly family, as we truly believe we will see him again one day. Until then, our love, you will remain in our hearts.
Services will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Park with visitation on Sunday, August 10th from 12-4 PM, with Chapel Services on Monday, August 11th at 10 AM.
Published in Bakersfield Californian from Aug. 8 to Aug. 9, 2014
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