Leonard Ray (Rusty) Holladay

Funeral services for Leonard Ray (Rusty) Holladay, 91, Lawrence, will be 11 am, Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. A visitation will take place from 10 am to service time. Burial will follow at Clinton Cemetery.

He passed away Saturday, July 8, 2017, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Rusty was born September 3, 1925, in Lawrence, the youngest child of John Joseph and Fannie May Godfrey Holladay.

He had worked at the Lawrence Paper Company, farmer, road maintenance for the Kanwaka Township, and retired from Kansas University as a plumber. His hobbies included pitching horseshoes, gardening, going to the casino, genealogy, KU basketball, the Kansas City Royals, and enjoying his children and grandchildren.

Rusty married Georgia May Ice on October 10, 1948 in Lawrence, Kansas. Together they have shared 68 years of memories. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include children, Steve (Jennifer) Holladay, Marilyn Cabay (Bill) Montgomery, Carolyn (Lonnie) Downing, Melinda (Mark) Hegeman. Grandchildren, Brian (Sandy) Holladay, Brandon (Katie) Holladay, Brent (Casey) Holladay, Dustin (Becky) Downing, Derrick (Natalie) Downing, Erica (Theodore) Patz, Blake (Emily) Hegeman, Tara (Gage) Ham, Casey (Lance) Greenly, Jeff (Allison) Cabay, Haley (Nathan) Oehlert, 24 great-grandchildren, a brother John Holladay and many nieces, nephews and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, sisters Stella Beerbower, Anna Copp, Edna Kesinger, and brother Walter Holladay.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the  Donor’s Choice, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Messages & Condolences

From Peggy Davis Leslie...

Such a great man and family. A true example of a genuine and caring North Lawrence family with super integrity, honesty, and willingness to work hard. Always willing to help a neighbor. Thoughts and prayers for the family.

From Karen Lane...

Steve, I always enjoyed the stories you shared of the times spent with your dad. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

From Janis (Zillner) Peterson...

I’ll always remember a quiet, gentle, smiling man whose huge garden inspired and Martin tower fascinated! My heart goes out to all, esp. you Carolyn, who will always be dear to me.

From Tom & Linda Lee...

. We have fond memories of you kids growing up. Leonard was a true friend and a great person. God Bless your family through this difficult time

From Erica Patz...

I love you and will miss you forever! My kids were very glad that they got to see their Great Grandpa one more time! We all love you very much! Watch over us! ❤️

From Lenard and Missy Hustead...

Prayers to you and your family

From Steve and Becky Grammer...

We are so sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers.

From Kim Murry...

Thinking of you during this difficult time🙏

From Brian, Tara, RJ and Dani...

Melinda, Mark, Erica, TJ, Anna, Abby, Justin, Travis, Hunter and family: Our hearts are with you in this time of sorrow.

“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”
–Thomas Campbell

From Denny Stebbins...

Sorry Carolyn my deepest sympathy

From Lisa Souders White...

I have fond memories of Mr. Holladay. Prayers for the family.

From Leo Souders...

A truly wonderful Son, Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather. You will be missed by many. Thanks for all the memories. May God comfort each and every one of you in this time of sorrow.

From Jason&Kim White...

Thoughts and prayers to the entire Holladay Family. Gramps always had a smile on his face every time I seen him.

From Marge Holladay Hoffman...

Marilyn, Sorry to hear of the loss of your father. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

From Eddie kesinger...

Condolences to the family leonard always had smile years ago we went
Hunting and fishing together always Had a good time memories I
Will never forget so long for now

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