Neil E. Holland - 85

12/18/1930 - 10/25/2016


Neil E. Holland, 85, longtime Oregon resident, died Tuesday October 25, 2016 in Serenity Hospice Home, Oregon- reuniting with Barbie, his wife of 60 years. Born December 18, 1930 in Prophetstown the son of Chester and Mildred (Dorathy) Holland. He was a 1948 graduate of Erie High School and a 1950 graduate of Worsham School of Mortuary Science.
Neil was a US Army veteran 1951- 1953, serving in the Korean War. Married to Barbara Lynn Manning January 31, 1954 in Lyndon; she died September 5, 2014. Neil and his family moved to Oregon in 1967 when he began working at Farrell Funeral Home where he eventually assumed ownership, retiring from Farrell-Holland Funeral Home in 1997. He also owned and operated Farrell-Holland Funeral Homes in Stillman Valley and Byron. Following his retirement, he and his wife Barb enjoyed their years together traveling in this country and abroad but never staying too long away from Oregon and family. Neil was a lifelong St. Louis Cardinal fan, listening on the radio, watching on television and attending many games at Busch Stadium. He was a member of Oregon United Methodist Church, Oregon VFW Post 8739, Oregon Masonic Lodge #420, Ogle County Shrine and Tebela Shrine. Neil served on the boards of KSB Hospital, Rochelle Savings and Loan, Rock River Center and the Oregon School District. In 1990 his service to the community was recognized when he was awarded Citizen of the Year by the Oregon Chamber of Commerce and again this year when the city of Oregon named a street in his honor. Neil’s church, his faith and his family were by far the most important parts of his life. Survived by his children: Larry (Susana Guzman-Holland) Holland, LuAnne (Craig) Cann and Lisa (Tom) Gale, all of Oregon; grandchildren: Kellen (Kristi) Cann, Brooks (Sarah) Cann, Griffin Cann, Logan (Erica Arends) Cann, Jon (Paige) Holland, Katie (Jeremiah) McCarthy, Morgan Gale, Ethan (Jordan) Gale and Chloe Gale; great grandchildren: Cambria and Gunnar Cann, Finley Cann, Lydia and Violet McCarthy and Caster Holland; brother, Rodney Holland of Kewanee; sisters-in-law, Darlene Holland and Mary Stern; step grandson, Jim (Jackie) Mzhickteno; and step great grandsons, Max Mzhickteno and Kaenyn Walker. Also predeceased by his parents, brother Dale, sister Joan Hawk, daughter-in-law Marjorie, and step grandson, Mel Hicks. Funeral services will be held at 10:00am Monday October 31 in Oregon United Methodist Church with Rev Thomas E. Kim, pastor, officiating. Burial with military honors in Riverview Cemetery. Visitation 2:00-6:00pm Sunday in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon with a Masonic Service at 6:00pm . Memorials in Neil’s name may be made to Oregon United Methodist Church, Rock River Center or Serenity Hospice and Home.


2-6pm Sunday Oct 30 in Oregon FH


10 AM Monday Oct 31 in Oregon United Methodist Church

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