ERIE — Woodrow Wayne “Woody” Holland, DVM, 94, of Erie passed away at 8:40 a.m. Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at Prairie Mission Retirement Village in St. Paul.
He was born on Nov. 11, 1924, in Pittsburg to Harry Lon and Mary Ellen (Welch) Holland. At age 9, he moved with his family to a farm southeast of Walnut. He attended Eureka Grade School, later Walnut Grade School and St. Patrick Grade School in Walnut. In 1943, Woody graduated from Walnut High School.
Following high school, he joined the United States Navy and received basic training in Boulder, Colorado. He received radio training for the Navy in Bainbridge Island, Washington, and San Diego, California. He was stationed in Hawaii and later on the island of Guam. Upon his discharge from the Navy, Woody attended the University of Tennessee and Pittsburg State University. In 1956, he graduated from Kansas State University, earning a doctorate in veterinary medicine. He moved to Erie in 1956 and practiced veterinary medicine until retiring at age 88 in 2013.
He was a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Erie. Woody had a lifelong interest in wildflowers and native plants, collecting flowers and plants from across the United States. He donated extensive collections to University of Kansas, Kansas State University and Pittsburg State University. Another accomplishment was that he introduced Indian paint brush flowers into Neosho County.
On June 11, 1955, Woody married Patricia M. Van Leeuwen at St. Francis Catholic Church in St. Paul. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include two sons, David Wayne Holland and his wife, Kindra, of Erie and Patrick L. Holland of Overland Park; three daughters, Rebecca Roberts and her husband, Steve, of Louisburg, Margaret Youngworth of Carthage, Missouri, and Deborah Noakes of Phoenix, Arizona; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two children, Lawrence Holland and Esther Holland; and two brothers, Raymond Holland and Wilbur Holland.
The funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Erie. The rosary will be recited at 9:30 a.m. at the church prior to the funeral Mass. Burial will be at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Walnut.
Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons.
Memorials are suggested to St. Ambrose Catholic Church or Prairie Mission Retirement Village. These may be left at or mailed to Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS, 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.