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John H. Holliday, age 92, passed away June 20 at his home in Zionsville.
He was born Aug. 11, 1923, in Indianapolis, the son of Ruth H. Holliday and Frederick T. Holliday. He was the great-grandson of W.J. Holliday, who came to Indianapolis in 1856 from Winchester, Virginia, and founded the hardware and steel company, W.J. Holliday & Co.
John attended Park School and graduated from The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut. He attended Yale University and joined the family steel business after World War II. During the war, he served as an Army Air Corps pilot flying C46s and C47s in the Pacific theater, and he continued to fly as a hobby following the war.
Following the sale of the steel company in 1955, John founded and was president of the Clear View Bag Co. Upon retirement, he managed the 900-acre Holliday farm in Boone County and was active in the community. John served on the boards of Merchants National Bank, Arsenal Savings and Loan, Indianapolis Raceway Park, Orchard School, Christamore Settlement House, and Crown Hill Cemetery. He was a member of Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, Woodstock Club, and a founding member of Crooked Stick Golf Club.
John's interest in conservation led him to become chairman of Central Indiana Ducks Unlimited, and he was named Boone County Conservation Man of the Year in 1973. He was a skilled marksman who hunted and competed all over the world, and he was able to enjoy the sport into his 90s. In 1989 he placed third in the Grand American Trapshooting Championship for Veterans.
John was a collector of Western art and supporter of the Eiteljorg Museum. An avid race fan, he attended 68 Indianapolis 500 races and numerous other motor sports events across the country. To celebrate his 90th birthday, he went skydiving with granddaughter, Kate Rogers.
John was a patriot and was forever grateful for his country. He loved family and held his friendships dear.
He is survived by his sister, Lucy R. Wick; son, John H. Holliday Jr.; and daughter, Mary H. Rogers (Randall); three grandchildren, Katherine H. Rogers, Randall D. Rogers Jr. (Michelle) and Carey Rogers-Kulongoski (Justin); and four great-grandchildren, Holliday L. Rogers, Elizabeth D. Rogers, Durham T. Kulongoski and Hubbard R. Kulongoski.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Phyllis Behringer Holliday, as well as his daughter, Katherine B. Holliday.
Memorial contributions can be made to Riley Children's Hospital, 705 Riley Hospital Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46202.
Services will be private at Crown Hill Cemetery.
Published on June 24, 2016
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