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John H. Holm

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John H. HOLM John Holm, "the flying cartoonist," went to be with the Lord on Sunday March 29. He was 87. He is survived by Gloria, his loving wife of sixty-five years, son John, his three grandchildren; David, Allison and Mike, plus many nieces and nephews. John was one of ten children; his parents, John and Anna Holm, were Swedish immigrants and dairy farmers in Rochester Washington. John was a Marine Air Corp fighter pilot in the South Pacific during World War II and a transport pilot in the Korean War. He worked as a lumberjack in Southern Oregon after WWII and then joined United Airlines, piloting for 30 years. John created the popular Woody's World cartoon for many years while flying for United and was dubbed "the flying cartoonist." Upon retirement he kept busy designing and building homes including the renovation of the Friday Harbor Hotel on San Juan Island. John and Gloria helped two Cambodian families gain establishment in the US as an expression of their strong Christian faith. John was a kind man of God who enjoyed fishing, carpentry, flying his seaplane and golfing. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Published in The Seattle Times from Apr. 5 to Apr. 6, 2009
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