The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


May 8, 2013

Charles Kenneth Holland

JOPLIN, Mo. —  

Charles Kenneth (Ken) Holland, age 82, Joplin, passed away Saturday, May 4, 2013, at Freeman West Hospital after an illness.

Ken was born Sept. 16, 1930, in Rogersville, Mo., son of the late Charlie Holland and Georgia Brown Holland and had lived many places and for the past several years has been in the Carthage and Joplin area.

Ken served in the U.S. Army for six years and retired from the U.S. Air Force with 15 years service. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service and retired with 19 years of service. He was an active member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Joplin, where formerly served as an Elder.

He married Mildred Szydloski on Jan. 1, 1952, in Huntsville, Ark. She preceded him in death on Nov. 8, 2002.  He married Eula Fritts on June 15, 2005, in Joplin. She preceded him in death on Nov. 28, 2007.

Survivors include one son, Chuck Holland and his wife, Sharon, of Webb City; two daughters, Sandy Ballard and her husband, Steve, of Fordland, Mo., and Michelle Everett and her husband, Greg, of Carterville, Mo.; two stepsons, Gary Fritts and his wife, Donna, of Clever, Mo., and Doug Fritts and his wife, Linda, of Joplin; two brothers, Bill Holland and his wife, Jan, of Kansas City, Kan., and Don Holland and his wife, Carolyn, of Carthage; one sister, Mary Bull, of Carthage; three grandsons, Clint Holland and his wife, Misty, Damian Ballard and his fiancé, Tina Prill and Cody Holland and his fiancé, Taylor Davis; one granddaughter, Jacey Downey and her husband, Jesse; step grandchildren, Lance Ballard and his wife, Michele, Ryan Ballard and his wife, Amy, Josh Bergmann, Erica Wright and her husband, Mark, Darin Stratton, Grant Fritts and his wife, Heather, Dustin Fritts and his wife, Robin and Jason Fritts; great-grandsons, Crew Holland and Caden Downey; and step great-grandchildren, Alexa Bergmann, Trevor Ballard, Chris Erwin, Dustin Horton, Tyler Ballard, Anne Marie Wright, Gavin Fritts, Grady Fritts, Ashton Fritts, Ashlyn Fritts, Payton, Skyler and Tearsin Stratton. In addition to his parents and wives, Ken was preceded in death by one brother and sister at birth; a sister, Dorothy Willis in August of 2007; granddaughter, Brittney Holley, June 29, 1978; a step great-grandson, Preston Ballard, Jan. 26, 2013; a daughter-in-law, Diana Holland, Nov. 10, 2008; and a host of extended family and friends.

Services for Ken will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Joplin, with Pastor Gregory Mech officiating. Interment with Military Rites will be at 3 p.m. Thursday in the Holland Cemetery, near Rogersville. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Parker Mortuary.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Immanuel Lutheran Church.

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