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A funeral ceremony honoring and remembering the life of James Oscar "Bill" Holman will be held Monday, February 6, 2017 at First United Methodist Church. Dr. Ray Crawford will be officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Tulsa. Rice Funeral Service has been entrusted with the arrangements. The family will receive visitors from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017 at the funeral home. Bill passed away Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa. He was 93.
Born August 31, 1923 in Drumright, Bill was the son of Oscar Hayden and Katherine Abby Scheihing Holman. He grew up in that area and was actively involved with the R.O.T.C. program. While attending Officer Training School, the United States Army branched him Infantry due to the needs of the military at that time. He officially enlisted on November 4, 1942. His unit received their training at Camp Maxey in Paris, Texas. They were stationed in Germany where they remained until the end of World War II. Bill was honorably discharged on January 8, 1946 in order to accept a federal employment position with the European Sector in Frankfort, Germany. He also successfully managed the local Post Exchange for two years. The income was good during that time and Bill always saved for the future. An elderly German man once told him, "Son, you need to go home and finish your education." When he returned home, he purchased real estate which included three rental units. Bill lived in one and obtained tenants for the other two. He also purchased an automobile and began his collegiate studies. Bill graduated from the University of Tulsa in 1949 on the G.I. Bill.
Upon graduation, Bill decided to work in the family business, Holman Seed Farms. The company was established by his father in 1936 in Collinsville. He served as President of the Oklahoma Seedman's Association and served on the Tulsa County Soil Conservation for 33 years.
Bill regularly supported various projects and organizations such as the First United Methodist Church, Rogers State University, the Claremore School Foundation, and played an integral role in restoring the Will Rogers Hotel and the Belvidere Mansion. A Scottish Rite Mason, Bill recently received his 50 year pin for membership. The community of Claremore will undoubtedly miss a dear friend.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; and two wives: Betty Mosely, the mother of his three children; and Jackie Brewer. He is survived by his wife: Betty of the home; and his children: Ted Holman and wife Kathy of Collinsville, Kay Hill and husband Les of Tulsa; and Kim Ann Holman of Tulsa; Betty's children: Kathy Williams and husband Mike of Tulsa, and Barbara Stelzer and husband George of Claremore; and three grandchildren: Jeff, Taylor, and Kali Holman.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the First United Methodist Church, Children's Building Fund, 1615 N. Hwy 88, Claremore, OK 74017.
Published on February 3, 2017
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