Gaylord Holman, 92, Geuda Springs: March 28, 1924 – March 15, 2017

Gaylord Holman

Gaylord Holman, 92, of Geuda Springs, died on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 to be with the Lord. He died in his home surrounded by his family.  Gaylord Darwin Holman was born on March 28, 1924 the son of Verne Joseph and Bertha (Teter) Holman in rural Geuda Springs.

Funeral Services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, March 18th at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Arkansas City. Interment will follow at Memorial Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Arkansas City. Family will be present to receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A memorial fund is being established with the Hackney Community Baptist Church. For further information please visit

Gaylord was a 1942 graduate of Winfield High School. He later served his country during World War II in the United States Army finishing his tour in Korea. Gaylord married Alice Louise Knollenberg, the love of his life and best friend, on October 25th, 1942. Except for his tour in the military, the couple made their home and raised their two daughters, Linda Holman Greever and Rebecca Holman Parker in the Rainbow Bend area.

They moved to their current home in 1965 which was built by Gaylord’s great-grandfather in the 1850’s. This home was constructed of stone and brick brought in from Blackwell hauled in with a wagon. The home is on the National Registry of Historic Homes. He farmed his whole life and also worked at Boeing and as a specialized welder for oilfield equipment. Along with some other farmers, he spent several winters constructing homes in the Wichita area.

In his leisure time, he was an avid Bluegrass fan whose friends and family remember him for frequently singing and whistling as he worked. He enjoyed being outdoors hunting and fishing and was an advocate for soil and wildlife conservation.  Gaylord collected antique tractors and belonged to the K & O Steam Engine Club. He was an active member of the Oxford Masonic Lodge.

He was a dedicated Christian who served Christ through his church work at Slate Valley Baptist Church and later at Hackney Community Baptist Church. Among his many roles were song leader, choir member, trustee, treasurer and deacon.

Gaylord was a devoted and loving husband, father, father-in-law, grand-father and great-grandfather who is survived by; daughters and son-in-law, Linda Greever of Tulsa, OK and Becky and Dwight Parker of Oxford KS, his grandchildren and their spouses, Tracy & Glenn Rice of Columbia, MO, Jill & Mike Fitzpatrick of Little Rock, AR, and Chris Greever of Tulsa, OK, his great-grandchildren, Kate & Charlie Dranginis, Maggie & Becca Fitzpatrick, and Grant Greever.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Alice in 2008, two sisters, Vernadine Keyes and Shirley Schmidt, two brothers, Jerry Holman and Joseph “Larry” Holman.

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