Larry Dale Hollowell, born December 9th, 1943 passed away with family at his side on November 21,2019. To know Larry, was to know love.
Larry was born in Hutchinson, Kansas and lived there until his senior year in High School when his family moved to Wichita, KS. Larry was not happy at the time about the move during his senior year. However, with that move and Wichita, KS as a home base, it led him to meet his bride Mary Hollowell, which then expanded a beautiful family tree. Larry is survived by Mary Hollowell and their children Jeremy Hollowell (Renee) and Megan Dieme (Kalifa) and grandchildren Evan, Vivien and Jonas Hollowell, Souleye Bodian, Bacary and Arona Dieme. He is also survived by his youngest sister, Nancy Chamberlain and her sons Ryan, Chad, and Todd Chamberlain. He is also survived by his niece Jana Atkinson, daughter of deceased brother Jerry Hollowell. Larry was preceded in death by his parents Ralph and Norene “Tommie” Hollowell, his sister Jan Hollowell, and brother Jerry Hollowell along with two precious dogs Bubba and Jake.
Larry graduated from Wichita South High School, and after working for a few years, he joined the U.S. Army and served from 1964-1967. He served in Germany and was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant E-5. After the Army, Larry attended a local community college in Wichita where he met Mary. On their first date, he taught Mary how to water ski. Larry and his friends would spend hours on the lake water skiing and creating human pyramids. Larry and Mary had a short courtship, married in 1968, and had 51 years of marital bliss. Mary says that Larry was perfect for her and no one else could ever compare to Larry. Mary said she prayed for God to send her the perfect husband, and he did.
Larry worked at Beech Aircraft Corporation for one year as an avionics technician while continuing to take classes. He began working at the Pacer Oil Company (Vicker’s Petroleum Inc.) as a Controller from 1968-78 and in 1977, he graduated from William Jewell College with a degree in Business Administration. Larry later worked at Deffenbaugh Industries, Inc. as the Vice President/Controller from 1978-81. He then worked at Knight-Ridder and its subsidiary Commodity News Services, Inc. as Vice President/CFO and Controller from 1981-1993. In 1984 he completed his Master’s in Business Administration from Avila College. In 1995, he bought an existing company which he formed into H&H Industries, where he served as President and CEO for 22 years. However he was not just an owner, he was a friend to the men who worked with him. They continued their friendship even after closing the business, and all even visited him during his last days in the hospital. At work, the morning breaks were always punctual so they could snack and banter together; most importantly to start deciding what they will have for lunch.
Larry was also a fixer. He held random knowledge about everything and could find a way to fix almost anything. He would spend weekends driving down to Springfield to fix something at his brother’s house or Wichita to fix something at his parent’s. He helped build and repair whatever was needed to make sure everyone saved on cost. “Daddy fix” was often heard and still used by his daughter even until present. He almost always had a part “in the basement”, and even if he did have to do a hardware store run, he ensured it was still “from the basement”. He was a man of many talents and loved woodworking and cars. He has made beautiful pieces throughout the years that will be passed down in the family for generations to come. He rebuilt “Priscilla”, a 1936 Plymouth from the shell, a 1980 and 1963 Jaguar and built a drag boat from scratch in a one car garage. Although those vehicles are long gone, the memories of seeing Larry work on the cars and going to weekend car shows remain.
Larry served an important role in the church. As a faithful man of God he served quietly in multiple ways that many did not see. He helped build a church by hand in Kearney, MO. After living in Kearney, MO for 14 years and tiring of the work commute, he moved his family to Overland Park, KS where he lived the remainder of his life. He attended Blue Valley Baptist Church beginning in 1986 and remained a faithful member. He has served as deacon and as Chairman of the building committee that constructed the new sanctuary attached to the existing church. When considering a newer multi-purpose type building, Larry insisted on maintaining a traditional sanctuary with a middle aisle so that he can “walk his daughter down the aisle”. Larry was blessed to see both his son Jeremy and daughter Megan say their vows in the sanctuary. Larry gave time and time again to various missions and organizations. He supported Samaritan’s purse, Kansas City Rescue Mission, Jewish Vocational Services-Refugee Resettlement program, Rose Brooks Center, and other missions through Blue Valley Baptist, just to name a few.
Who he supported most was his family and friends. Especially after retirement, his full time job became playing with grandchildren and watching them in all of their sporting activities. Even when it became difficult for him, he still rallied for a few more games. Larry spent many weekends of his life at the Lake of the Ozarks with his family. He often commented as his children got older and had grandchildren that he loved that his family “actually enjoyed being around each other”. For Larry, this was the most important legacy he could leave.
Visitation for Larry will be held at 10:00am on Monday, November 25th, 2019 followed by a memorial service at 11:00am. Services will be held at Blue Valley Baptist Church at 8925 W 151st Street Overland Park, Kansas 66221. Contributions in memorial of Larry can be made to Samaritan’s Purse-International Crisis Relief at https://www.samaritanspurse.org/our-ministry/donate-online /PO Box 3000 Boone, NC 28607 or to Blue Valley Baptist Missions projects if wishing to contribute through the church.
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