Thomas A. Holland, 66, a resident of The Dalles, Ore., died Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, at a local hospital.
Thomas, also known as Tom, Carrot Head, Poppie by his grandchildren and Papa Smurf by his fellow truck drivers, was born Nov. 12, 1946, in Hammonton, N.J., to Oswald and Norma (Heggan) Holland. He was raised and educated in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1964 and then attended Rogue Community College Commercial Truck Driving program.
He served as a morse interceptor in the U.S. Army.
On Jan. 29, 2005 he and Sharon Long were married in The Dalles, Oregon.
He was a member of The Dalles Full Gospel Center and was involved in community service. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and family, Windy Glen Whippet Kennel, woodworking and the outdoors.
He is survived by his wife Sharon, The Dalles; children Steve and Amy Holland and step children James and Donald Hambelton and Melissa Hendon.
Graveside services with military honors are set for Friday, Sept. 27, at 10 a.m. at the I.O.O.F. 18th Street Cemetery.
A celebration of life will follow at The Dalles Full Gospel Center, 335 E. 12th Street, The Dalles, Oregon.
Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or Covenant House.
Arrangements are under the care of Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home.
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