August 16, 1926 – February 21, 2018
Roy M. Holm, of Moses Lake, Wash. died on Wednesday, Feb.21, 2018. He was 91.
Roy was born on Aug. 16, 1926 in Fairdale, Ore. in the beautiful Willamette Valley. Dad attended elementary school in Fairdale, where he grew up having fond memories of going into the woods to get the cows with his dog “Pupper” and bringing them back home for milking on the family farm. He also spoke of working with his father, clearing brush from the telephone right-of-way. After graduating from Carlton High School, Roy enlisted into the Navy, becoming a tailgunner on a PBM and serving in the South Pacific.
Upon returning to the Carlton area, he married Joyce Wood and they had three children together. In 1954, Roy and Joyce moved their family to Renton, Wash. to work for Boeing, then in 1955 they transferred to Moses Lake. After the closure of Boeing in Moses Lake, Roy decided not to return to the “wet” side and remained in Moses Lake where he worked for various employers and also became a Moses Lake Police Reservist in the 1970s.
Starting in 1980, one week after Mt. St. Helens blew, Dad spent the next 15 or so summers working for Big Creek Fisheries on Bristol Bay, Alaska where he was given the nick name “Gramps.” When Roy finally retired, he spent much of his time at Bob’s Café with the Coffee Clutch where world problems were solved, “No Dead Bread” or up at the “Stump Ranch” in Chiliwist.
Roy is survived by his sons Mike and Gary (wife Kathy); daughter Pat; eight grandchildren 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild due in May; brothers Bill (wife Elaine) and Arlie (wife Lynn) and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service with military honors will be held at Guarding Angels Cemetery in Moses Lake, Washington on Friday, June 15, 2018 at 10 a.m.
Memorial contributions are welcome at Grant County Humane Society or your favorite charity.
Please sign the online guestbook or share a memory with family at www.kayserschapel.com. Arrangements are in care of Kayser’s Chapel & Crematory.