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Robert Francis Holeman
Obituary for Robert Francis Holeman
Robert “Bob” Holeman, age 83, of Abilene, Kansas, entered his heavenly home on September 27, 2018. He was born on January 11, 1935, to LeRoy Charles and Elsie Myrtle (Keene) Holeman.
Bob graduated from Herington High School in 1953. After his graduation, he and his two best friends, (Joe McKee and Leland Howard Runft, graduates of 1952), signed up for the Marines. They served in the Marines from 1953 to 1956. This was during the Korean War and Bob would serve in Okinawa and was a sergeant at the time of his discharge.
Bob returned from the service and went to Fort Hays State University. He received his industrial arts bachelor degree in 1961, and his masters in 1965. He taught at the Abilene High School for thirty-four years, coaching wrestling for twenty years and coaching football for sixteen years. He loved woodworking and making things, and working outside.
Bob married Harriet LaMoyne Granzow on August 24, 1958, at the Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Herington. They were the parents of one son, Greg, and a daughter, Pam, who attended the Abilene schools and were high school graduates.
Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Harriet on September 19, 2011; a brother, Ronald Holeman, on December 30, 2013, and his parents.
Bob is survived by his son, Greg Holeman and his wife Mary of Salina; his daughter Pam Porsch of Haysville; 4 grandchildren, Ashley Porsch-Chin, Heather Porsch, Tyson Swank, Dyan Swank; and four great grandchildren, Asher Swank, Faith Swank, Tristan Swank, and Liam Chin.
The funeral will be held at the Trinity Lutheran Church of Abilene, on October 3, 2018, at 10:00am with Rev. Dr. Keith Less officiating; and the family receiving friends from 9:00am until time of service. Burial will be at Sunset Hill Cemetery, Herington 2:00pm, with military honors. Visitation will be Tuesday, October 2, 2018, from 3:00-5:00pm, at the Zeiner Funeral Home-Herington. Memorial gifts may be given to Trinity Lutheran Church-Abilene for the pew bibles and paraments fund: in care of Zeiner Funeral Home, 404 S Broadway, Herington, KS 67449.
Prayers for all of you.
Alissa Horton Oct 2 2018 12:00 AM
I remember being the flower girl at their wedding. He was always fun and would thriw me over his shoulder. When I was in high school and Abilene wrestled Marysville he tried to explain wrestling to me and thats how I knew a little when my own son wrestled. Many fond memories of Herrington, visiting Uncle Roy and Aunt Elsie, Bob and Ron.
Linda Holeman Lock Oct 2 2018 12:00 AM
I never knew him as my coach, though I knew he excelled at coaching, I only knew him as my auto mechanic's teacher. He was an excellent teacher and brought-out the best in his students. He would relate to us on a one-to-one level & even crack jokes with us from time-to-time, but when it was time for us to learn something new he was All Teacher! He was one of my favorite teachers & a man that left his mark in this world on all that knew him. God Bless him & may he find heavenly peace in God's Kingdom.
Tony Sanchez Oct 1 2018 12:00 AM
Pam and Greg and your entire family....our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Would like to be an angel listening to the reunion in heaven of the 3 best friends! (Lots of Marine and Fort Hays State good times). Not to mention the reunion of your Dad with Mom.
One thing about it when our parents chose there spouses it was a forever kind of love.
I personally know how much the Marine times meant to our Dads and your Dad spoiled me many times over out there in California. (Glenda Rae)
They do not make men like our Dads anymore. Traits like hardworking, dedication, dependability, role models, educators, great personalities and guys that can fix anything and would do anything for anybody!
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Glenda and Craig; and the entire Runft Family; Claire, Roger and Kim, Roylynn and Ric
Glenda Broadbent Oct 1 2018 12:00 AM
Sincere sympathies, we are sorry to hear of your loss.
Dick & Karen Greene Sep 30 2018 12:00 AM
My sincere condolences to the family of Robert Holeman. May you find comfort in your loving memories, and in God's promise to soon "swallow up death forever" and "wipe away the tears from all faces." (Isaiah 25;8) With deepest sympathy,
V. Thompson Sep 30 2018 12:00 AM