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Alford James Holzhey


1925 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Alford James Holzhey Obituary
ALFORD JAMES HOLZHEY Born Alford James Holzhey in Malta Montana, August 14th, 1925. Alford passed away on June 22, 2015 in Paradise at the age of 89. Like so many others during the Great Depression, the family moved to California in 1931, settling in Gerber where his father found work at the Railroad yard. A fortuitous move, because there he met Olive Mae, his sisters best friend, and fell in love. Graduating from Red Bluff High School a year early in 1943, it was off to the Army Air Force during WWII. Completing training and flight school as a Bomber pilot in 1944 he never saw wartime action due to a bout with Scarlet Fever and was released in 1945 when the war ended. Settling in Chico, where he married Olive Mae, he attended Chico State College graduating with teaching credentials in mathematics. "Al" as he was known by most, taught math for 25+ years at Chico Jr. High School. While at Chico Jr. High, he also coached Cross Country and Track during the 60's and early 70's. Looking for a way to run with his team early in the 1960's, Al took to the then un-developed horse trails of lower Bidwell Park. Putting his team to work, and with the permission of the parks department, he widened the main horse trail and added distance markers. This evolved into the lower park trail many people use today. Retiring early in 1975 due to medical reasons, Al has maintained his residence in Chico until his move to a retirement home in Paradise to be near his oldest son Dave. He is survived by both his sons and daughters-in-law Dave & Nancy and Lee & Marilyn, as well as three grandchildren and three great -grandchildren. He was preceded in death by Olive Mae in 1979. There will be no memorial service.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on June 24, 2015
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