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Robert Holling, Sr.

Nov. 14, 1929 - Mar. 22, 2019


April 4, 2019

Robert Everett Holling, Sr.

Robert Everett Holling, Sr.

Robert Everett Holling, Sr. (Bob), 89, passed away peacefully on March 22, 2019, in Spokane with his children at his side.

Bob was born on November 14, 1929, in Waverly, Wash., to parents Herman Hans and Florence Marie (Norton) Holling. He attended Waverly Grade School and Fairfield High School ,graduating in 1948. Bob also attended Eastern WA College for one year.

On June 11, 1950, Bob married his high school sweetheart, Shirley Ann Sayler. They moved to Plaza, Wash., where Bob farmed with his Uncle. In 1960, the family returned to what is now the currently owned family farm outside of Waverly, Wash., where Bob continued his 50 year farming career.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; wife of 57 years, Shirley Ann Holling; son, Robert Holling, Jr. (Rob); granddaughter, Jennifer Charlene Hodgson; brother, Clarence "Bud" Holling, and sister, Lois Barringer.

He is survived by his children, Vickie Hodgson and Shelly Johnston (Ed). Grandchildren, Travis Telecky, Ashley Telecky Smith, Andrew Hodgson, Mindy Hodgson Gianella, and Matthew Holling; and seven great-grandchildren, Wyatt Jay, Chance Smith, Bayne Telecky, Cameron Hodgson, Kaden Hodgson, Everett Holling, and Hazel Gianella; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He is also survived by his longtime companion Donna Lucht.

Bob was a 65 year member of Waverly Masonic Lodge, 45 year member of the EL Katif Shriners, 43 year member of the Scottish Rite and a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

Bob loved sports! He was a high school athlete who lettered in football, basketball and baseball. Later, Bob enjoyed watching his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren excel in school and sports and was a strong supporter of the Liberty, Dayton and Davenport sports programs.

A memorial service will be held at the Shriners Event Center located at 7217 W Westbow Blvd, in Spokane on Thursday, April 25th at 2:00 p.m. The family invites you to join us in celebrating "a life well lived."

Donations in remembrance of Bob can be made to the Waverly Masonic Lodge, c/o Rick Tee, 12029 S Player Dr., Spokane, WA 99223 or the Shriners Children's Hospital in Spokane.


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