Francis William “Frank” Holland, Jr.
June 22, 1928 ~ April 28, 2014
Francis William “Frank” Holland, Jr. passed away peacefully on April 28, 2014, at Colonial Vista Rehab in Wenatchee, WA. He was 85. He was born on June 22, 1928, to Francis William and Mildred Mae (Blakely) Holland in Clarkston, WA. He attended first grade in Hood River, OR, where his father was a barber at the time. They returned to Clarkston, where he graduated from high school in 1946. He then went on to attend the Bible Institute of Los Angeles, where he met Hulda Woelk, who became his wife on June 24, 1949, at Newport, WA. He was working for the railroad in Eltopia, WA, when his daughter, Marjorie “Margie” was born. Looking for work, the family went to Pomona, CA, where he worked for Cadillac delivering auto parts. Through DeVry Technical Institute, he became certified as a radio and TV repairman. Daughter, Naomi, was born at this time. Feeling a bit homesick, the family returned to Colfax, where Frank started working for Neill Furniture, where he was employed for the next 22 years. Daughters, Frances, Eunice and Doris were all born here in Colfax. During those years, he joined the Odd Fellows Lodge and served as the State Grand Master from June 1972 until June 1973. He left Neill Furniture and went to work for Bailey’s Furniture in Pullman, until they closed their doors. He then went to work for the Colfax Grange Supply, where his first job was to help clean up ash from the Mt. St. Helens eruption in 1980. After several years at the Grange, he and Hulda moved to Clatskanie, OR, where he managed Richardson’s Furniture Store. His final position was as a security guard for the Wauna Lumber Mill, between Clatskanie and Astoria, OR. He was there for several years, until Hulda passed away in August 1997. In November 1998, he married longtime friend, Fay Bowers, and they lived in East Wenatchee until her death in August 2013.
Frank is survived by his five daughters, Marjorie Osterbauer of Sequim, WA, Naomi Daubert of Colfax, WA, Fran Rice of Hermiston, OR, Eunice Coker of Colfax, WA and Doris Tate of Avinger, TX; 14 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren.
Memorial Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, July 7, 2014, at the former Community Bible Church (now Catalyst Church) in Colfax, WA. Memorial contributions, in Frank’s honor, are suggested to the Washington Odd Fellows Home Endowment, 534 Boyer Avenue, Walla Walla, WA 99362. Bruning Funeral Home of Colfax has been entrusted with funeral arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.bruningfuneralhome.com.