ATWOOD -- Francis Henry Holle, 81, died Thursday (March 13, 2008), at Hays Medical Center in Hays, Kan.
He was born May 14, 1926, at his parents' rural farm home east of Ludell, to John Julius and Martha Christina (Hanson) Holle. He was baptized May 21, 1926, at his home and confirmed June 1, 1941, at Enne Lutheran Church in Herndon. He graduated from Ludell Public Schools and from Atwood High School in 1944.
He served in the 3412 Ordinance Attachment of the U.S. 7th Army during World War II.
On June 20, 1948, he married Violet Anderson at Enne Lutheran Church. They lived and worked on the family farm in southeast Rawlins County until retiring in 1992. They then moved to Atwood. He also sold seed and in 1958 received the Kansas Bankers Soil Conservation Award. In 1984 he and Violet were named Kansas Master Farmer/Master Homemaker.
He was a member of Enne (Bethel) Lutheran Church which merged with Faith Lutheran Church in Oberlin. He became a member of Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church after moving to Atwood.
He also was a charter member of the area Kansas Livestock Association, and was a member of the Promotional Council, the Rawlins County Hospital Volunteer Association and the Rawlins County Farm Bureau Association where he served on the membership committee, two terms as president and was on the board of directors.
He served on the Achilles, Kan., school board, and on the committee to redistrict the county's schools. He served on the Soil Conservation Board and the Rawlins County Hospital and Long Term Care Planning Board. He was a charter member of the Herndon Lions Club and an active member of the Atwood Lions Club and the Sam Hubbard American Legion Post No. 46.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Ruth Collard; brother Delos Holle; sister-in-law Kathy Holle; and two brothers-in-law, Roger Thorson and Lowell Olson.
Survivors include his wife, Violet of Atwood; sons Larry of Conifer, Colo., and Kevin and wife, Mary Holle of rural Herndon; daughters, the Rev. Shelly Holle of Chanute, Kan., and Cheryl Holle of Kansas City, Mo.; a brother, Lavern Holle and wife, Carolyn of Agra, Kan.; a brother-in-law, Ernest Collard of East Wenatchee, Wash.; two sisters-in-law, Eunice and husband, Glenn Martin of Oberlin and Lila Thorson of Poulsbo, Wash.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services are Saturday, 10:30 a.m., at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Atwood with the Rev. Don White officiating. Interment will be at the Atwood Fairview Cemetery with military rites by the American Legion, Sam Hubbard Post No. 46 of Atwood.
Memorials may be made to the Rawlins County Health Center Foundation, Redeemer Lutheran Church or the ACE Foundation.
Williams Funeral Home of Atwood is in charge of arrangements.