Roy Holland: 1925-2016
Roy Holland, age 90 of Spearfish, died Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 at the Rapid City Regional Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.
Services will be held 10:30 am Monday, April 25, 2015 at the Mount Pisgah Cemetery Chapel in Gillette WY. There will be no visitation.
Funeral arrangements are with Leverington Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche.
Roy Davey Holland was born April 24, 1925 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Walter and Alice (Peck) Holland. Roy grew up in Boothbay Harbor, Maine and also Paul Spur, Arizona. He was homeschooled by his brother’s wife for a time and then graduated from the Thatcher School in Ojai, California. At the age of 17, Roy joined the U.S. Navy where he learned to maintain radios. He spent much of his time stationed in Texas and also on the Aleutian Islands and has shared many memories of his time in the service. Roy met the love of his life, Mary Jacqueline “Jackie” Smith, at a livestock show in Arizona. Roy was showing a bull and Jackie was watching the show with her livestock judging team. The two were married on April 18th 1949 in Phoenix, Arizona.
The Holland Family raised nationally renowned registered Hereford cattle on Rancho Sacatal in Dos Cabezas, Arizona. In 1968 Roy took the position of County 4-H Extension Agent in Cochise County. He, Jackie and their children lived at the ranch until moving to the Chino Valley, Arizona farm in 1971. After moving to the farm, Roy became the county 4-H extension agent in Yavapai County, Arizona. In 1978 Roy and Jackie moved to Gillette WY where Roy worked as the Campbell County Ag Extension Agent. He retired in 1988 and following he and Jackie traveled the country volunteering at Christian Camps, Colleges, and Churches for the next 15 years. They have lived in Spearfish for the past 10 years.
Most recently Roy and Jackie have occupied a home in Spearfish, SD. They have given time to Meals on Wheels, spent many hours with Jackie’s brother Palmer and the many family members and friends that stopped by on their way through.
Roy, Dad, Padre and Grandpa, will be remembered as a man who remained married for a remarkable 67 years, a generous sharer of his time and talents, an encourager and a profound man of God.
Roy is survived by his wife, Jackie of Spearfish; sons, David (Sandra) Holland of Moorcroft WY, and Grant (Rebecca) Holland of Round Rock, Texas; daughters, Robin Lorenzen of Gillette WY, Lisa (Richard) Mesnard of Scottsdale Arizona, Tracy Holland of Mesa Arizona; 10 grandchildren: Christine, Charity, Chastity, Amity, Christian, Trinity, Sterling, Austin, Devonna, and Zack; and 16 great grandchildren: Trenton, Alexia, Seth, David, Carter, Titus, Willow, Echo, Chaisie, Piers, Faith, Cherish, Rietta, Kester, Lanora, Taisley.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Lee Holland; and brother, Ed Holland; and sister, Virginia.
Friends may leave written condolences and view Roy’s video tribute at: http://www.funeralhomeofthenorthernhills.com
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