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Calvin D. Holder

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DENISON - Calvin Holder, age 91, entered into eternal life Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011 at his home.

Calvin D. Holder was born and raised north of Denison, attending the Riverside School. He married the love of his life, Quanah Marie Maxwell Feb. 14, 1939 and by Dec. 1941, they had two children. Calvin was working at the Kraft Foods Plant in May of 1944 when he was drafted into the U.S. Army and reported to Fort Bliss in El Paso for basic training.
After advanced training, he was assigned to 597th Battery, Field Artillery, anti-Aircraft (known as triple AAA). By Dec. 1944 via New York City and the Queen Mary, he spent Christmas in England. Across the channel to France, assigned to Bradley's First Army then to Patton's Third Army, he joined "The Battle of the Bulge" and spent the next five months in combat. While dug-in on the banks of the Rhine River, came his first sight of a jet, as an American pilot flew the captured German plane over his position on the way back to England. His unit had received orders not to shoot at it. With the end of the war, he traveled south to Berteschgarten "Hitler's Mountain Retreat" and spent the summer on the French and German borders.
From the southern French port of La Harve Ra., he sailed for home aboard a Liberty Ship landing in New Jersey at Camp Kiler to Camp Fannin in Tyler, where he was mustered out of the Army in January 1946.
After the war, Mr. Holder worked for Safeway-Brookside Company from 1950 to 1985. During this time, he also became a Master Plumber and owned and operated his own plumbing company. Calvin and Quanah were married for 69 years and raised four children here in Denison. Calvin was a ninety-one year old, fifth generation Grayson County resident, and until a few years ago, the oldest active Licensed Master Plumber in the State of Texas.

Mr. Holder is survived by his beloved family: daughters, Quanah Marie Lafoy and husband, Charles "Chuck" of Denison and Nancy Elaine Campbell and husband, Dr. Larry Campbell of Bend, Ore.; sons, Charles Dennie Holder and wife, Judy of Denison and Harold Duane Holder and wife, Jamie of Denison; granddaughters, Julie Tucker, Jana Oates, Alyssa Reveles and Ashley Marie Ohrt; grandsons, Terry Hayes, Justin Holder, Matthew Holder and Marcus Holder; great-granddaughters, Miranda Tucker, Lindsey Tucker, Kayla Lampson, Harliegh Holder, Natalie Reveles and Addison Holder; great-grandsons, Keith Tucker, Jacob Lampson, Trevor Holder, Chasen Holder, Charlie Holder and Calvin Ohrt; and great-great-grandchildren, Zane Tucker and Aubriyah Tucker.

Calvin was preceded in death by his parents, beloved wife of 69 years, Quanah Marie Holder and grandson, Brian LaFoy.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, 2011 at Fairview Chapel in Fairview Cemetery with Rev. Charles Glass officiating. Family visitation will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011 at Fisher Funeral Home.
Condolences may be registered online at www.fisherfh.com
Arrangements are under the direction of Fisher Funeral Home, located at 604 West Main in Denison.
Published in The Herald Democrat from Jan. 6 to Jan. 7, 2011
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