Archive for Thursday, March 29, 2007

Obituary: Alpha N.C. Holzhauser


March 29, 2007

Memorial services for Alpha "Al" N.C. Holzhauser, 92, St. Joseph, Mo., were Wednesday, March 28, at Heaton-Bowman-Smith and Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, Mo. Private family inurnment was in Bellemont Cemetery, Wathena.

Mr. Holzhauser died Saturday, March 24, 2007, at his home.

He was born April 18, 1914, in Wathena, the son of Charles and Edith Curley Holzhauser. He graduated from Wathena High School in 1934 and attended Baker University.

Mr. Holzhauser was co-owner of Coachlight Enterprises and K & H Mobile Home Company. He was a member of the King Hill Methodist Church and a charter member and past president of the Eastside Optimist Club.

He was a master craftsman and builder of muzzle loading percussion and flintlock rifles. He was a member of the Grand River Muzzle Loader and the Missouri Archeological Society. He became the first person in 100 years to shoot a deer with a black powder rifle in 1950.

He married Velma Lear on May 7, 1938, in Lansing. She died Jan. 18, 2004.

Survivors include a daughter, Lois Markley, Cleveland, Mo; two grandchildren, Dr. Jill Dickerson, Eudora, and Brian Markley, Overland Park, KS; and four great-grandchildren.

A brother, Fred Holzhauser, and three sisters, Josephine Russell, Stella Holzhauser and Hazel Schubert, preceded him in death.

The family suggests memorials to the Eastside Optimist Club of St. Joseph or a charity of the donor's choice, sent in care of the Heaton-Bowman-Smith and Sidenfaden Chapel, 3609 Frederick Ave., St. Joseph, MO 64506.

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