Obituaries Aike Holleman

Aike Holleman, 93, died March 14, 2004 at the Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center. He was born Dec. 22, 1910, in Springfield, the first child of Timothy and Winnie (Maarsingh) Holleman.

Mr. Holleman graduated with a BA from Yankton College in 1932, and an MA from USD. He began his teaching career in Bonesteel, where he taught for two years before moving to Burke. Mr. Holleman moved to Burke for the opportunity to be band director in addition to his teaching responsibilities. Music had been and continued to be a life-long interest. He was soon promoted to the position of principal of the high school.

During his early years in Burke he met his future wife, Eileen Neuroth. Shortly after Pearl Harbor he joined the Navy. He was stationed at Great Lakes, IL, and was married to Eileen on Feb. 3, 1943. That fall he was assigned to the U.S.S. Freemont for sea duty in the Pacific Theater. Mr. Holleman participated in five major campaigns before being transferred to Farragut Naval Base in Idaho where Eileen joined him until the war ended. During his Pacific tour he was promoted to warrant officer.

Mr. Holleman returned to his duties at Burke High School after the war. Here the couple started their family, Charlotte 1945, Tim 1946, Roberta and Loretta 1950. He moved his family to Vermillion in 1957 where he taught science until retirement in 1976. In retirement he enjoyed gardening, travel, grandchildren and music. The Hollemans enjoyed 14 winters in Florida near his sister, Sadie and her husband Louis.

Mr. Holleman was a member of the United Church of Christ where he served as a deacon and enjoyed singing in the choir. He will be remembered for his kindness, patience and strong faith. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

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