Larry Dean Holman, 76, of Danville, Illinois, passed away at his home on January 23, 2021 with his wife and youngest daughter beside him. He was born in Danville, IL on July 28, 1944 to Henry LeRoy Holman and Nellie Leota Pate. He was the youngest of eight children: Anna Lou, Virginia, Edward, Donald, Evelyn, Winifred and Charles. In 1962, Larry graduated from Catlin High School, Catlin, IL. After starting his family, he went on to Central Christian College of the Bible in Moberly, MO and Lincoln Christian College, Lincoln, IL where he worked on Biblical studies. He ended up stopping his formal schooling so he could provide for his family but he continued to study informally and taught many Sunday School classes. He touched hundreds of lives with his strong faith in God. Larry baptized many people including 2 of his grandsons, a sister-in-law, and a great-niece.
When his children were very young and Larry and Dixie only had one car, Larry rode his bike to Olin factory in Indiana from their house on Stewart Street in Danville. Larry also worked at the State School in Lincoln, IL and then transferred into the Illinois prison system as a Correctional Officer in Lincoln and then transferred when Danville built the prison. He retired in 1996 after 22 years years of service. Larry enjoyed his retirement years where he and Dixie started up their own country dance hall. He was an avid runner, bike rider and enjoyed going to garage sales. Larry was deeply involved in the Southside Church of Christ where he was an elder, church treasurer, teacher and friend.
Larry and Dixie met each other in Catlin. Dixie said they knew each other their whole lives. They married on September 11, 1962 in Danville, IL. Together they raised 4 children: Laury, David, Cindy and Rachel. They have 9 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Larry is survived by his sister, Evelyn Simpkins, Dixie, his wife, his children: Laury (Jim) Hubrich, Waynesville, IL, David (Pam) Holman, Bismarck, Cindy (Roger) DeMoss, Rachel Jensen, Danville, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, six of his siblings, and an infant grandson.
On Tuesday, January 26 we will meet at the Southside Church of Christ parking lot at 12:30 and will drive the four mile route that Larry and Rachel regularly ran and then make our way to Oakridge Cemetery in Catlin. A Celebration of Life service will be determined at a later date. Any memorials can be made in honor of Larry to Southside Church of Christ, Danville, Illinois.
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