Richard W. Holliger, 93, of Carlock, died on Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021.
A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 13, at Carlock Christian Church, Carlock, with the Rev; Zach Martin and the Rev. Greg Holliger officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the service begins. Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home in Bloomington is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Holliger was born in Congerville on Feb. 1, 1928, to William and Ida Weishaupt Holliger. He attended Congerville Grade School and Carlock High School. He then joined the U.S. Army serving in the Korean War.
After his Army service, he worked at Caterpillar in Morton. Wanting to be more available to his family, he then took a job with Baum Chevrolet in Carlock and was a favorite "go-to" person for many customers and coworkers. After several years, he returned to Caterpillar in Morton until he retired. He also served as clerk for the Village of Carlock, and Fire Chief for the Carlock Fire Department.
He married Betty Fogle July 20, 1952. During their early and ongoing married years they enjoyed square dancing with the YMCA Y Do-Si-Do Club, family vacations and camping trips, camping and fishing at the Mackinaw River, and card playing get-togethers. Later they moved to the country in Danvers where he farmed a small acreage while working at Caterpillar.
After retirement, he and his wife enjoyed taking bus trips, attending plays at Community Players and Conklin Dinner Theater, traveling to Las Vegas and Phoenix to visit with her cousins, mostly as "extended stay" visits. They also were custodians for the Carlock Community Building for several years.
He was a devoted family man and was loved by all who knew him.
He is survived by his children, Marlene Myers, Kenneth (Tina) Holliger, and Brenda (Mason) Brookshier; grandchildren Zach Brookshier, Darci Brookshier (Philip Trout); great-grandchildren Lane and Sadie Brookshier, Kipton, Brycen, and Brayleigh Trout; brothers Merle (Donnette) Holliger, Jerry (Linda) Holliger; and many nieces and nephews from this big family.
In addition to his parents, preceding him in death were his wife Betty; daughter Carolyn (Earl) Knick; a brother, Delbert as a child; a sister Norma (Marion) Fogle; and brother Raymond Holliger.
Memorials may made to the Carlock Fire and Rescue or to the Carlock Christian Church.