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Harry W. Holder


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Holder, Harry W.

Harry W. Holder, 90, Sun City, AZ, died Sunday, November 17, 2013. He was born June, 15, 1923 in Chicago, IL to Harry and Dora (Dunbar) Holder. He was preceded in death by his wife Florence (Trich) Holder on April 21, 2011.

Harry is survived by six children and their spouses, Gary and Connie Holder, Dayton, OH; Mary Lou Harbaugh, Sun City, AZ; Glenn and Julie Holder, Centerville, OH; James and Vicki Holder, Hickory, NC; Robert and Jennifer Holder, Puyallup, WA; Steven and Hannah Holder, Kettering, OH; nine grandchildren, Andy and Christina, Joel, Sarah and Jake, Amy, Gregory and Alicia, Katherine, Michael, Sabrina, Michelle, Lucas; and a great-grandchild, James.

Harry grew up in Rhinelander, WI where he spent much of his youth fishing and hunting. Upon graduating from Rhinelander High School in 1942, he enlisted in the service where he proudly served in the U.S 8th Air Force during WWII. Harry was a B-17 airplane mechanic, assigned to the 398th Bomb Group in England during the Normandy Invasion. After the war he received a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from Aeronautical University, Chicago, IL.

On September 18, 1948, Harry married Florence Irene Trich. Both relocated to Ohio where he worked as an aeronautical engineer for both Goodyear (Akron) and Curtiss Wright (Columbus). He worked for 30 years at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH where he attained the position of Air Crew Station Project Design Manager in Aeronautical Systems Division. His management responsibilities included the design of military aircraft ejection seats, cockpit instrumentation and layout, and weapons systems. Harry is a recipient of the Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Award, for his major achievements in the advancement of crew station technology.

Harry enjoyed all forms of woodworking and tirelessly produced several hand carvings, cabinets, plaques, awards, wall decorations and a grandfather clock. He retired in 1978 after 30 years of government service. Upon his retirement, Harry and Florence relocated to Green Bay, WI and enjoyed traveling and fishing throughout Wisconsin.

Friends may call at Resurrection Catholic Church, 333 Hilltop Dr., Allouez, WI from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 25, 2013. The Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:30 a.m. at the church with Bishop Robert Morneau officiating. Burial will be in Allouez Catholic Cemetery. Blaney Funeral Home is assisting the family. To send online condolences, please go to www.BlaneyFuneralHome.com.



Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on Nov. 24, 2013
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