He was born on July 10, 1945, in Cortez, Colo., to Elmer and Dowanna (Ewing) Holsinger. As a young boy, he moved with his family to Parsons, where he graduated from Parsons High School and attended Labette Community College.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Upon his honorable discharge, he lived in Tulsa and Coffeyville before returning to Parsons. He worked as an engineer for the M-K-T Railroad for 25 years and later at the Parsons State Hospital and Training Center in Parsons as an aide until retirement.
He was a member of Assembly of God Church and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. He enjoyed woodworking, sketching and spending time with his family.
He married Elke Merrick on March 18, 1995, in Altamont. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include two sons, David Scott Holsinger of California and Christopher Holsinger of Missouri; three daughters, Suzy Holsinger and her husband, Scott Peters, of Wichita, Angela Flores of Kansas City, Kan., and Amy Dodd and her husband, Doug, of Tishomingo, Okla.; 16 grandchildren; three brothers, Dean Holsinger and his wife, Brenda, of Fort Worth, Texas, Mike Holsinger and his wife, Loretta, of Parsons and Tim Holsinger of Parsons and his wife, Trina, of Neodesha; and five sisters, Sherry Burke and her husband, Jim, of Parsons, Debbie Forbes and her husband, Jim, of Fenton, Mo., Judy Burns and her husband, Jim, of Erie, Mary Moore and her husband, Len, of Canon City, Colo., Robin Holsinger and her companion, Donnie Watson, of Weatherford, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Randy Holsinger, in 2002; a granddaughter; and his mother-in-law, Susan Merrick, in 2007.
The service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Assembly of God Church in Parsons. Burial will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons.
Memorials are suggested to Assembly of God Church or Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.