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John Holley

John W. Holley Sr.

Wednesday, October 4th, 1939 - Wednesday, July 1st, 2020
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Obituary

John W. Holley, Sr, age 80, of Wooster, peacefully passed away Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at Life Care Hospice in Wooster. His family was by his side.

He was born on October 4, 1939 in Kenova, W.Va. to Sherman and Opal (Steele) Holley.

He started his public safety career back home in Kenova W.Va. out of a one truck fire house in 1959, where he served as a volunteer firefighter until he was drafted into the US Army in August 1963.

Following his discharge in August 1965, he moved to Wayne County Ohio where he established lifelong roots.

John had worked for Volvo GM in Orrville before retiring after 25 years of service.

He served the community throughout Wayne County as a firefighter, law enforcement officer, and EMT for a combined total of 61 years before retiring from Apple Creek Volunteer Fire and EMS in 1997 as their EMS Chief.

He was a blue collar worker all his life and was a dedicated and devoted father, grandfather and big brother.

John was a long time member of the NRA and a long time member of West Hill Baptist Church in Wooster.

He is survived by his son, John W. Holley, Jr. of Apple Creek and fiance, Vicki Feller of Massillon; a grandson, Jordan Holley of Apple Creek; a sister, Sandra Holley of Kenova, W. Va. and a niece and nephew, Chris (Minetta) Moore of Milton, W. Va. and Tracie Holley of Catlettsburg, Ky.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his infant grandson, Michael James Holley; a brother, Sherman Michael "Mikey" Holley; a sister, Mary Ruth "Sissy" Pelfrey and brother-in-law, Roger Pelfrey.

Visitation will be Tuesday at West Hill Baptist Church in Wooster from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m..

Services will be Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. at the church with Pastor Eric Fairhurst officiating.

Burial will take place at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to Lifecare Hospice, 1900 Akron Rd. Wooster Oh. 44691 or to Apple Creek Fire and Rescue, 3400 Apple Creek Rd. Apple Creek, Oh. 44606.

Custer-Glenn Funeral Home in Wooster is honored with serving the family.

The family would like to give a special mention to main campus Cleveland Clinic, Dr Kevin Stephans and the inpatient oncology unit as well as the amazing Dr.'s and staff at Lifecare Hospice for the amazing love and compassion they showed to dad during the time they took care of him. The family is forever grateful.

Words of private or public condolences or a video may be shared with the family at: www.custerglenn.com
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    West Hill Baptist Church
    Address
    2241 Mechanicsburg Rd.
    WOOSTER, OH 44691
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  • Service

    Wednesday, July 8th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Wednesday, July 8th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    West Hill Baptist Church
    Address
    2241 Mechanicsburg Rd.
    WOOSTER, OH 44691
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Location
    Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery
    Address

Affiliations

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  • US Army

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Tom Montelione

Posted at 09:38am
My condolences to the family. I'm sure he will always have a special place in your hearts. Cherish your memories of him.
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Rick Spencer

Posted at 09:18pm
My condolences to the family. I first met John when he became a member of the Ohio State Highway Patrol Auxiliary. I always considered him a fine man and friend. So sorry to hear of his passing. May God grant strength and understanding during this time of sorrow.
HS

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Posted at 09:33pm
John Holley, Jr. - my brother in arms, know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. So sorry for your loss.
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Kerri Kostohryz

Posted at 06:59pm
We would like to send our sympathy of the passing of your father. We remember seeing him at the gathering of birthdays and Christmas. He was a good man. We are so sorry he had to suffer. Prayers are with you and your family.
Becky and Max Horst & Kerri Kostohryz and family
 
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John Holley Posted at 07:07pm

Thank you. We love you guys He was a good man
 
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John Holley Posted at 07:09pm

He didn't suffer. Hospice took excellent care of him
JW

Joyce Williams

Posted at 06:45am
To John's family I am so sorry for your loss.I knew John for many year's .He and I worked together at Volvo and John and I were good friend's.
I had not seen him in many year's but knew he was a strong support for his family.He was a good friend. Peace be with John and all his family
and friend's.
 
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John Holley Posted at 05:37pm

Joyce...I remember you well. Thanks for being so good to dad. He cherished your friendship ❤❤
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