Eugene A. Holman, Sr.
Dec 27, 1937 – Mar 12, 2017
Preceded in death by parents, Joseph and Goldie (Anderson) Holman; brothers, Joseph and George; sister, Dorothy Harden; brother-in-law, John Acamo. Survived by wife, Theresa (Spirek) Holman; children: Eugene Holman, Jr. (Brenda), Katherine Slykerman (Myron), Carol Schmidt (Jon), Julie Ryan (Ron), and Joseph Holman (Samantha); fifteen grandchildren; sister, Jane Bruckner; sister-in-law, Linda Acamo; nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, March 15th, from 5pm to 7pm, with MASONIC SERVICE at 7pm followed by VIGIL SERVICE, all at the Bel Air Chapel. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL Thursday, March 16th at 11am at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church. Family Interment, Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Josie Harper Hospice House or Dobleman Cancer Institute.
Eugene A. Holman, Sr. was born in Omaha, Nebraska on December 27, 1937 to Joseph and Goldie (Anderson) Holman. At 16, Gene left school to start working. For years he installed steel chain link fence with his brother George.
In November 1957 he met Theresa Spirek. It was love at first sight and they married the following year on August 16, 1958. They had five children. All five of their children married and gave them a total of 15 grandchildren.
Gene was also very proud of his 35 years as an Ironworker in Local #21 of Omaha. He helped build many of the landmark structures in town.
He joined the masons in 1970, serving as Master of Centennial Lodge #326 in 1982. He also enjoyed volunteering time with the Tangier Shrine’s Keystone Kops.
His personality brought him many friends with whom he enjoyed racing stock cars, flying in small craft airplanes, fishing, showing dogs at local shows, and woodworking.
Gene was dedicated to his family. His children and grandchildren were his pride and joy and his Catholic faith was of utmost importance to him. He would often describe the warmth he felt in his heart for the faith community at St. Leo’s parish.
His battle with Squamous Cell cancer began in 2001. He beat it many times with the help of “the best doctor in the world” Tom Dobleman. This last time, however, the cancer did not respond to treatments and Gene was not able to have surgery due to blood clots in his lungs. He passed into eternity on March 12, 2017.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents, siblings and in-laws: Tony Bruckner, Joe and Eleanor Holman, Dorothy and Bill Harden, George and Pat Holman, Joe and Mae Acamo, Dick Acamo, and John Acamo. He is survived by his wife Theresa; children: Gene Jr. and Brenda, Kathy and Myron Slykerman, Carol and Andy Schmidt, Julie and Deacon Ron Ryan, Joe and Samantha; grandchildren: Matthew, Lucas, Hannah, Benjamin, Rebecca, Nicholas, Zachary, Nathaniel, Madison, Jacob, Daniel, Kylie, Christian, Kennedy and Colby; his sister, Jane Bruckner, and sister-in-law, Linda Acamo; nieces and nephews.