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Robert Francis Holeman

January 11, 1935 — September 27, 2018

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.





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Service Schedule

Past Services


Tuesday, October 2, 2018

3:00 - 5:00 pm (Central time)

Valley United Methodist Church

300 Santa Fe, Marion, KS 66861

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Funeral Service

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Starts at 10:00 am (Central time)

Sawyer Funeral Home & Crematory

137 N Union St, Council Grove, KS 66846

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Graveside Service

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Starts at 2:00 pm (Central time)

Trinity Lutheran Church

320 N Cedar St, Abilene, KS 67410

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