Richard M. "Rick" Holst, 60, Citrus Springs, Fla., passed away Dec. 28, 2012, in the Hospice Unit at Citrus Memorial Hospital.
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He was the son of the late Richard C. and Jeanette Holst of Crystal River, Fla.
His early childhood and preteen years were spent in Tonawanda, N.Y., in the Buffalo area. He attended Warren Central High School in Indianapolis, Ind. He relocated to the Chicago area and hauled steel for the Altec company.
He then relocated to Crystal River, where he became a long-haul trucker and spent most of his career traveling through the contiguous 48 states and parts of Canada.
In 2003, he went to work in the Crystal River area for the Gulf Coast Concrete company. He became disabled in 2008 and fought cancer with many surgeries and treatments; however, he lost his courageous fight against cancer.
Richard was an avid bowler and bowled in many leagues along the Nature Coast. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and at times took 1,000-mile-plus trips with friends. His last big trip was August 2012, to the Buffalo, N.Y., area in his Winnebago.
He is survived by his son Michael; daughter-in-law Suzanne; and grandchildren, Megan and Sean, all of Citrus Springs; sister Susan Schintz and brother-in-law, Conrad, of Plains, Pa., and Crystal River Fla.; and nieces Lori Staples and husband, Jeff, of Newtown, Pa., and Stacey Mckenna and husband, Mike, of New Hope, Pa.
Richard was also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins, mostly residing in the Buffalo, N.Y., area.
Our special thanks to Richard's friends, Stanley Liss and Liz Barreto, for allowing Richard to stay living in his home until the last four days of his life because of their care and friendship. Richard was also comforted by his loyal dogs, Rocky, Pepper and Shadow, and they will miss him dearly.
A celebration of Richard's life will be at noon Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at Citrus Springs Community Center, Building B.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice Unit at Citrus Memorial Hospital,
or the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Jan. 2, 2013