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Holiday turns into local celebration of life

More than 40 family and friends gathered this weekend to pay a lasting tribute to a man who loved coaching America’s game to area children.
The Richmond Parks Board and fellow Ray County citizens gathered Sunday afternoon to unveil a flagpole and brick monument in Armour Park dedicated to Harold V. Holloway. Holloway passed away at age 64 in February 2008 in Richmond. The flagpole was paid for with memorial donations from family and friends. The Parks Board paid for the commemorative plaque.
“(He) would’ve definitely been very humbled,” said Amy Wirsig of Richmond, daughter of Harold and his widow Janet.
The VFW Post 4398 Color Guard raised the colors and led the crowd in the National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance. Wirsig and sister Kim Class spoke of their father’s involvement in their lives and encouraged other parents to create quality time with their children.
Harold retired as a receiving-inspections supervisor in 1998 at the Kansas City Ford Motor Company Plant after 31 years of service. He was also a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who received graveside military services from the Richmond American Legion and VFW posts.
Class said the monument was a perfect fit.
“There couldn’t have been such a better place for the man, for what he enjoyed,” she said. Kim recalled Harold loving to spend time with his two daughters in Richmond’s parks.
“One of his happiest times was coaching baseball,” she added.
“It’s overwhelming,” Wirsig said. “The Parks Board and what they’re doing for our community is just fantastic.”
Photo: Amy Wirsig, right, admires the American flag that was dedicated in honor of her father, Harold V. Holloway, at Armour Park in Richmond Friday, while Amy’s sister, Kim Class, is embraced by her aunt, Jo Ann Burnine. Holloway, who died in 2008, was a veteran and an avid fan of baseball and coached Little League baseball in Richmond for many years. His daughters said he also coached them from T-ball to high school softball. “Baseball ruled for him,” Class said.

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