Richard Harry Holley
1930 - 2020
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June 3, 1930 - May 13, 2020 Richard Harry Holley, USAF, Retired, Command Chief Master Sergeant, departed this life peacefully in his sleep on May 13, 2020. Born to Harry George and Elizabeth Bernice Holley in Salt Lake City on June 3, 1930, he passed just shy of his 90th birthday in Redlands, CA. Affectionately known as "Chief" Holley, Richard had a distinguished 30-year career in the U.S. Air Force and followed up with a second calling for 20 years teaching Air Force Jr. ROTC at Arlington High School in Riverside, CA. Many former students have remained in touch with him and consider him a role model and mentor. Richard was married to his beautiful wife of 50 yrs, Grace Joan Crawford who died in 2002. He is survived by his daughters Deborah Cash (Wyatt) and Susan Holley Monaco (Michael), grandsons Quillan Trombley (Haley), Ian Trombley (Ali) and Bijon Javadzadeh (Alex), great granddaughter Mayzie Elizabeth Trombley and one great grandson due soon. Richard will be buried at Riverside National Cemetery. Your prayers for his eternal safekeeping and thanks for his many years of service to our country are appreciated.


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Published in The Press-Enterprise on Jun. 20, 2020.
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June 28, 2020
Dick and Joni were the best neighbors. I was so blessed to live next to them for so many years. I was so sorry to read about Dick's passing. Even almost 90 years was not long enough. I have quite a few items in my house that they gave me over the years and each one reminds me of them. I know your girls are missing you. I was so glad I got to see you one last time about a year ago.
Phyllis Nash
Neighbor
June 25, 2020
Chief
My heart and prayers goes to your family as they have lost a great roll model. Thank you Holley family for sharing this great man. Thank you for serving our country with such pride. I know you are with God in peace. You have touched so many teen kid lives over the years. I know for me you have inspired me when I was that teen in R.O.T.C. I looked up to you as a mentor, leader, teacher, roll model, over all a great person that God put in my life at the right time. I remember reaching out to you back in 2005 just to see how you were doing, this is after 13 years after graduating. Thank you for taking us under your WINGS, guiding us to be the Great people we are now.
You will be truly missed.
Your Friend/Student

mike contreras
Student
June 24, 2020
Chief
Thank you!
We will miss you dearly.
Estrella and Mike Beschorner
Friend
June 24, 2020
Chief you will truly be missed. Thank you for your service and everything you taught us in class. May you rest in piece.
Bobby Gonzales
Student
June 24, 2020
My heart aches that Chief Holley has passed Chief was my sisters ROTC mentor as well as my brothers, and my brothers friends. Chief was a presence at Arlington high school, and a safe-haven for many. Chief saw all three of us kids at Arlington, and he did the best that he could to help us out. I pray that hes in peace, and I send my heartfelt, and deepest condolences to his family, his friends and to his many students of Arlington High School.
Mona Koons (Castro)
Student
June 24, 2020
You had a kind and loving heart. Rest in Heaven Chief.
Dimitri Whitman Sr
Student
June 24, 2020
Chief Holley was a true mentor to everyone that was in the ROTC program at Arlington. I recall as a freshman how we were not too keen on his constant hammering away about "discipline". But as we advanced, we understood what he meant, and how that discipline would help us as we went through life. Eventually we came to respect him greatly. His wisdom and mentoring is what allowed me to continue after HS as a Marine and later as a civilian. I last saw Chief Holley when I was working at the Mission Inn around 1999. It was great to talk with him again, and nice that he actually remembered me. He was still the same man I knew from 1988 to 1992.

Thank you Chief Holley for being a damn good inspiration to all of us. You will truly be missed, but you will never be forgotten.
Thomas Philp
Student
June 24, 2020
Chief, you were a role model and a mentor. You cared about all of us students and you made sure to instill morals and values in each and every one of us. You were one of my favorite teachers and I can still hear your words till this day. May you rest in paradise.
Carmela Davare
Student
June 24, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. You were a great teacher/mentor. You meant a lot to me in the short time I was your student. Rest in Peace.
Christal (Orvis) Pewterbaugh
Student
June 24, 2020
Chief Holly you were a Great Gentleman Sir. Firm and Loving... Fatherly to those who needed love. Caring and just an Example of How a Man should be. I salute you Sir! ♥♥
Yvonne
Student
June 24, 2020
My Heart goes out to his family. I remember Chief Holley from my 4 yrs at Arlington. He was a role model for myself and was a big influence in going into the Air Force.
John Sachs
Student
June 24, 2020
Chief Holley will always be remembered as one of my favorites at Arlington. He was kind, patient, and very enthusiastic. These qualities made him perfect to work in the high school atmosphere. I appreciated his shared wisdom, and if I am successful at helping any youth in my own life, know that Chief Holley is one of the people that molded my own capabilities. I send out my condolences and prayers to his family.
Lorralie Holman Bregman
Student
June 24, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. I remember Chief Holly in high school for ROTC, he was a great instructor and person all around. He taught so many so much, he will always be remembered and held dear in the hearts of many.
Anjanette Thomas
Student
June 24, 2020
R.I.P. Chief. You were a great man.
Heather Johnson
June 24, 2020
Chief,

You were an excellent teacher, mentor and friend. You were the reason why I joined the Air Force and I cannot thank you enough for everything you did for me. RIP.
Shaunte Wilder-Gonzales
Student
June 24, 2020
My heart aches today. It aches because the world has lost one of the great ones. Chief Holley was a mentor to so many kids. He pushed so many of us in to a better course in life and are sho very thankful. He believed in me when so many others didn't. You are loved. You are truly missed. RIP Chief.
Keely Kroll
Student
June 24, 2020
Rest In Paradise Chief Holley. You were a strong mentor that shaped many young people. Thank you for being a part of my development as a young person.
LeRoy Nichols
Student
June 24, 2020
You were such a big part in my high school years, and you always took the time to talk to me when I needed help. I am so proud to have known you, and to have learned from you. You saw a shy girl, and gently tried to get me to learn to speak in public, with a confidence I didnt know I had but you did. You knew the potential for all the students you have taught. You will be greatly missed, prays go out to your family....
Amanda Stevens
Student
June 20, 2020
My prayers for comfort and peace. RIP Chief. My condolences and profound respect.
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