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Roy Clinton Hollis, 92, of Odon, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family in his home on Thursday, August 10, 2017. He was born on May 30, 1925, in Otwell in Pike County to Orville Owen and Maude (Abbott) Hollis and was raised in the Burr Oak Community. He eloped and married his sweetheart, Dorothy J. (Chamberlain) Hollis on June 11, 1948, in Piggott, Arkansas.
Roy was a U.S. Army World War II veteran, serving his country from 1944-1946. He was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon and Army Occupation Medal (Japan). Roy is entered into the WWII Memorial Registry of Remembrances in Washington, D.C., for participating in WWII and helping our nation win the greatest military victory in history. He was a member of the Odon Christian Church, VFW Post 9627 and Odon American Legion Post 293. Roy was a licensed ham radio operator and lifelong farmer until he retired in 1996. He loved gardening, was an avid computer enthusiast and kept in touch with family and friends worldwide via social media and ham radio.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Hollis of Odon; one son, Gary Kent Hollis of Elnora; two daughters, Linda Kaye Stites and Vicki Lynn (Robert Leon) Wise, both of Odon; 11 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.
Roy is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Paul D. Hollis; and son-in-law Carl W. Stites.
Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, August 14, 2017, at Meng Family Funeral Home in Odon, with Bro. Richard Smith officiating. Roy will be laid to rest in Elnora Fairview Cemetery following military graveside rites by the Army Honor Guard and the Odon VFW Post 9627.
Family and friends may call from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, August 13, and from 9 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. Monday at Meng Family Funeral Home in Odon.
Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
All arrangements have been entrusted to James W. Meng Jr. and Meng Family Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to www.mengfuneralhome.com.
Published on August 11, 2017
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