Richard "Dick" Alvin Webster Holsinger Bridgewater, Virginia Obituary

Richard "Dick" Alvin Webster Holsinger

<p>Richard "Dick" Alvin Webster Holsinger, 87, a life resident of Harrisonburg, passed away on January 24, 2023 at his home.</p><p><br></p><p>Mr. Holsinger was born on July 11, 1935, in Harrisonburg, VA and was the son of the late Linden "Bill" Franklin Holsinger and Sarah Catherine Virginia (Webster) Holsinger.</p><p><br></p><p>One of five children, Richard was raised in the restaurant business in downtown Harrisonburg. It was at Friddles Restaurant where he learned the value of hard work at the age of 9. His childhood included many trips to DC with his dad to watch the Washington Redskins play at the old Griffith Stadium. As an athletic young man, Richard played 5 years of football for Harrisonburg High School and was named captain. His love of poetry grew over the years and resulted in several of his own poems being published. Known to his family as his pen name "Umlukluk". Richard enjoyed fishing, hunting, especially in Wyoming with his Army buddies and cooking requested favorite dishes for his family and friends. During his retirement years, he enjoyed following the stock market.</p><p><br></p><p>He graduated from Harrisonburg High School and Bridgewater College where he majored in Biology. Richard served in the U.S. Army and retired from Nielsen Construction Company after 47 years serving as Project Manager and a member of the Board of Directors. He was a life member of Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks No. 450 and Harrisonburg Hose Company No. 4.</p><p><br></p><p>On March 4, 1955, he married Virginia "Ginny" (Derrow), who survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Lisa Holsinger-Thomas (Tommy) of Rockingham, VA and DeAna Flowers (Steve) of Greensboro, NC; son Linden Holsinger (Mandy) of Staunton, VA; brother Lanny W Holsinger (Shirley) Singers Glen, VA; brother-in-law Clifford Morris of Harrisonburg, VA and numerous nieces and nephews.</p><p><br></p><p>Also surviving are grandchildren - Tyler Thomas (Amanda), Shea Cummings (Nick), Avenlea Howard (Stephen), Jadin Thomas, Micaela Flowers, John Flowers, Afton Holsinger; great grandchildren Knox Thomas, Crew Thomas, Violet Howard, Cal Cummings, Greyson Foley and Mayson Foley.</p><p><br></p><p>Beside his parents, Mr. Holsinger was preceded in death by a brother, Linden "Billy" Holsinger, Jr and wife Reva (Miller); sisters June Raye Williams, and husband, Billy and Betty "Perk" Morris; nephew Lanny Steven Holsinger; niece Linda Sue Wood.</p><p><br></p><p>The family will receive friends on Saturday, January 28, 2023 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at the Johnson Funeral and Cremation Service in Bridgewater. A funeral service will follow at 11:00 AM with Pastor Jim Logan officiating. Burial will be private.</p><p><br></p><p>Memorial contributions may be sent to the Salvation Army, 185 Ashby Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA 22802 or Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Harrisonburg Lodge No.450, 482 South Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801</p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p>Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.johnsonfs.com.</p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p>
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Richard "Dick" Alvin Webster Holsinger, 87, a life resident of Harrisonburg, passed away on January 24, 2023 at his home.


Mr. Holsinger was born on July 11, 1935, in Harrisonburg, VA and was the son of the late Linden "Bill" Franklin Holsinger and Sarah Catherine Virginia (Webster) Holsinger.


One of five children, Richard was raised in the restaurant business in downtown Harrisonburg. It was at Friddles Restaurant where he learned the value of hard work at the age of 9. His childhood included many trips to DC with his dad to watch the Washington Redskins play at the old Griffith Stadium. As an athletic young man, Richard played 5 years of football for Harrisonburg High School and was named captain. His love of poetry grew over the years and resulted in several of his own poems being published. Known to his family as his pen name "Umlukluk". Richard enjoyed fishing, hunting, especially in Wyoming with his Army buddies and cooking requested favorite dishes for his family and friends. During his retirement years, he enjoyed following the stock market.


He graduated from Harrisonburg High School and Bridgewater College where he majored in Biology. Richard served in the U.S. Army and retired from Nielsen Construction Company after 47 years serving as Project Manager and a member of the Board of Directors. He was a life member of Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks No. 450 and Harrisonburg Hose Company No. 4.


On March 4, 1955, he married Virginia "Ginny" (Derrow), who survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Lisa Holsinger-Thomas (Tommy) of Rockingham, VA and DeAna Flowers (Steve) of Greensboro, NC; son Linden Holsinger (Mandy) of Staunton, VA; brother Lanny W Holsinger (Shirley) Singers Glen, VA; brother-in-law Clifford Morris of Harrisonburg, VA and numerous nieces and nephews.


Also surviving are grandchildren - Tyler Thomas (Amanda), Shea Cummings (Nick), Avenlea Howard (Stephen), Jadin Thomas, Micaela Flowers, John Flowers, Afton Holsinger; great grandchildren Knox Thomas, Crew Thomas, Violet Howard, Cal Cummings, Greyson Foley and Mayson Foley.


Beside his parents, Mr. Holsinger was preceded in death by a brother, Linden "Billy" Holsinger, Jr and wife Reva (Miller); sisters June Raye Williams, and husband, Billy and Betty "Perk" Morris; nephew Lanny Steven Holsinger; niece Linda Sue Wood.


The family will receive friends on Saturday, January 28, 2023 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at the Johnson Funeral and Cremation Service in Bridgewater. A funeral service will follow at 11:00 AM with Pastor Jim Logan officiating. Burial will be private.


Memorial contributions may be sent to the Salvation Army, 185 Ashby Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA 22802 or Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Harrisonburg Lodge No.450, 482 South Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801



Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.johnsonfs.com.




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Jan
28
Visitation
Saturday, January 28 2023
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Johnson Funeral and Cremation Service in Bridgewater
208 S Main St
Bridgewater, VA 22812
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Jan
28
Funeral Service
Saturday, January 28 2023
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Johnson Funeral and Cremation Service in Bridgewater
208 S Main St
Bridgewater, VA 22812
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Pastor Jim Logan officiating