Albert T. Holt, son of John S. Holt and Clara Terrill Holt was born in Raymondville, Missouri on January 15, 1924 and departed this life on June 1, 2013. He graduated from Rolla High School in 1941 and in October 1942 enlisted in the Navy. He received his gold wings and commission in December 1944.
He was married on February 27, 1945 to Anna Jean Hollis of St. Louis, Missouri, who survives. They celebrated 68 happy years together. To this union three children were born, Linda (Harold) Meyer of St. Charles, MO, John H. Holt, deceased (2008) and Catherine Wagner of Mesa, CA.
He was a loving and proud grandfather to Jennifer (Randy) Wyatt, Steve (Heather) Meyer and Katie (Jason) Heisel. Also great grandpa to seven and great great grandpa to two.
Al, Jean and their family lived at many duty stations during his 27 years serving in the Navy. He served in WWII, in Korea on the USS Valley Forge and in VQ-1 during Vietnam.
They spent three years in Hawaii while it was still a territory. While there his main duty was flying military personnel to and from duty stations in the Far East. In 1963 he was sent to Japan where he and his family spent almost four years. It was the highlight of his Naval career as he was Executive Officer and then Commanding Officer of a large Reconnaissance Squadron.
He retired from the Navy in 1969 at the rank of Commander at which time the family settled in Phelps County on the Big Piney River, started raising cattle and building a new house to settle in permanently. They began square dancing lessons in 1981 and joined Traveler Square Dance Club where they were active members until very recently when his health prevented that activity.
During the healthy years they became “Winter Texans” in Mission and enjoyed keeping brand and body active by dancing every day. Al had become a rock hound and enjoyed working in the lapidary shop in the park where he lived.
He was an active member of the Rolla Lions Club and American Legion Post 270.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 PM on Friday, June 14, 2013 at James & Gahr Mortuary in Rolla, Missouri. Interment on ashes will be private at a later date when all his family members can be present.
Memorials are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project. Cards are available at all James & Gahr locations.
Arrangements are under the direction of James & Gahr Mortuary of Rolla.
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