Col. Louis S. "Sam" Hollier Jr., USMC (Retired), died peacefully on Jan. 29, 2011, after a full life of 87 years. Known as PapPap to his family, he is survived by his wife of 65 years, Peggy.
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Born and raised in Bozeman, Sam attended Montana State University and then was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1946 and was commissioned a lieutenant in the Marine Corps upon graduation. In the Marines he served as an infantry and artillery officer. He served in combat in Korea, where he was involved in several key campaigns including the Chosin Reservoir, and again he served in Vietnam. He retired from the Marine Corps in 1975 after serving his final assignment as the Marine Advisor to the 7th Fleet.
Sam is survived by his brother, David Hollier of Bozeman; one son and two daughters, Sam and Jean Hollier of Slidell, La., Mary and Mark Jones of Hall, and Virginia and Spike Pueringer of Billings; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in his death by his sister, Sammy Lou Flint of New York.
In addition, Sam has many countless friends from his class at the Naval Academy, his 30-year Marine Corps career and from his many years of living in Bozeman. In his retirement he had many happy days fishing, golfing, and working with the Rotary and Museum of the Rockies.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, in the Aspen Pointe chapel at Hillcrest, 1201 Highland Blvd., Bozeman.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Museum of the Rockies, Attn.: Amber Udelhoven, 600 W. Kagy Blvd., Bozeman, MT 59715; or to the Hospice of Southwest Montana, 1600 Ellis St., Suite 3A, Bozeman, MT 59715.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service; www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Feb. 1, 2011