Joe Holy Jr.

Aug. 24, 1924 - Feb. 5, 2015

Joe Holy Jr., 90, of West, passed away peacefully Thursday, February 5, 2015. A rosary will be recited 6:30 p.m. Monday at Aderhold Funeral Home Chapel in West, with visitation to follow until 8 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 10, at St. Mary's Catholic Church of the Assumption in West. Burial will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery.

Joe was born August 24, 1924 in West, the son of Joe L. Holy, Sr. and Lillian (Smajstrla) Holy. He graduated from St. Mary's Catholic School in West and served his country with the United States Army during World War II. After his military duty was complete, he attended Four-C Business College in Waco. He was the manager of the Tractor Supply Co. in Waco for several years. Thereafter, he began his lifelong entrepreneurship that lead him to success in farming, soil and water conservation, engineering, and real estate investment. From his parents he learned a strong work ethic which he passed along to his children.

Joe's honors and achievements include three time winner - 1st Bale of Cotton in McLennan County; sponsorship of Juneteenth Black Baseball in Malone; holder of three U.S. Patents; collaborator with the Texas A&M Master of Agriculture program; volunteer and donor to St. Mary's Catholic Schools, Waco and West, and Reicher Catholic High School.

On November 18, 1947 he was united in marriage to Lorene Betty Grones at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Abbott, Texas. Joe and Lorene were blessed with four children.

Joe was a lifelong member of St. Mary's Catholic Church of the Assumption. He was also a member of the K.J.T. Society #31, SPJST Lodge #6 and a survivor of the 1953 Waco tornado. He enjoyed farming the land, designing and building agricultural equipment, and rebuilding magnetos of all makes. He loved spending time with his family, listening and dancing to Czech polkas and waltzes, and enjoying Lorene's cooking, a breakfast of jaternice and especially her kolaches. Joe was a true friend to all including many undocumented immigrants helping them to secure U.S. citizenship.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents; a son-in-law, Bob G. Terry; his twin brother, Raymond Holy; and sisters, Margaret Nemec and Wilma Kaluza.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 67 years, Lorene Holy of West; a son, Larry J. Holy and Cynthia, of Delano, Minnesota; three daughters, Dorothy Terry of Woodway, Doris and Ron Chmielewski of China Spring, and Mary Ann and William J. Kocurek III of China Spring; brother, Charles Holy, Sr.; a sister, Martha Sinkule; seven grandchildren Noelle and Rider Barnes, William J. and Laura Kocurek, IV, Natalie A. Terry; Marilyn L. (Erik) Deuble, Gabriel E. Chmielewski, Allison N. Terry, and Joseph A. Holy; three great- grandchildren, William J. Kocurek V, Jiggs R. Barnes, Kyle A. Kocurek; and great-granddaughter, Barnes, on the way; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary's Catholic School West Endowment Fund.

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Mr. Holy was a good man, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, businessman, friend and in general a perfect example of the man others should strive to emulate as a true servant of God's creation of man. He loved chocolate and other such goodies even sharing one or two with others... I was one who was blessed by his influence and generous spirit of giving. Riches beyond most men's munificence big-hearted character. Did I mention he loved his treats... Of those he really loved pecans! While we who knew Mr. Holy were blessed by his presence and high spirits. Those who were less fortunate never having met a more affectionately gentle, loving and compassionate man. Heaven's gain is our great loss. At least for the time being until we are called home ourselves and see him again in heaven sharing a kolache or two with Adonai Joe's Lord God Almighty!

We miss you Mr. Holy and promise to see you again one day!

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