Henry Chester “Chet” Holman , 84, of Hood River, died Sept. 19, 2002, at his home.
His memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Anderson’s Tribute Center in Hood River. There will be a graveside service at 2 p.m. Friday at Juniper Haven Cemetery in Prineville. Visitations will be today at Anderson’s Tribute Center.
Henry “Chet” Holman was born March 8, 1918, at Prineville to Henry Chester and Agnes Frison Holman. Chet was raised by his foster mother, Ida Wilson, of Prineville and was a graduate of Crook County High School.
He worked for various employers in Prineville such as the Civil Conservation Corps, machinist for Alexander Yaukey Lumber Co., and master mechanic for Crook County Roads.
During World War II Chet served in the U.S. Army as a staff sergeant. He was part of the Air Transfer Command. Mr. Holman was an airplane mechanic and worked on two of our former presidents aircrafts. Toward the end of Chet’s service in the military he went overseas and served at Okinawa. Mr. Holman was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1945.
After the war, Mr. Holman returned to Prineville and married Ina Hardenbrook. Together Chet and his wife lived at Los Alamos, N.M., where he worked for the University of California in its science lab. In 1960, Mr. Holman and his wife moved from New Mexico to Bonneville. In Oregon Chet worked for the Army Corps of Engineers. Chet put time in at both the Bonneville and The Dalles dams as a machinist. The couple moved to Hood River in 1965 where they had lived since.
Chet enjoyed hunting and boating, but most of all he just loved to spend time with his family no matter what they were doing.
Survivors include his wife, Ina Holman of Hood River; sons, Phillip Holman of Washougal, Wash., and Richard and his wife, Vikki Long Holman. of Albuquerque, N.M.; daughters, Sheila Holman of Haines, and Juli and her husband, Ken Twidwell, of The Dalles; grandchildren, Stephani and Ranay Twidwell and James, Erika, Christine, Sidney, Allison and Hannah Holman.
Mr. Holman was preceded in death by his son, Sidney Holman.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Crook County Historical Society through Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, September 27, 2002
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor