Arlan D. "Koko" Holle, 71, of Hanover, KS, died Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at the Hanover Hospital. Visitation was Friday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hanover Mortuary. The family received friends from 4 to 6 p.m. A funeral service was held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 15, at Zion Lutheran Church in Hanover. Rev. Donna Florio officiated. Mae Nieman played the organ while the congregation sang “I, the Lord of Sea and Sky”, “On Eagles Wings”, “Amazing Grace”, and “Go, My Children, with My Blessing”. The pallbearers were Curt Holle, Craig Holle, Ron Holle, Jarad Adams, Bill Wehling, Ty Vanschoiack, Toby Vanschoiack, and Tadd Vanschoiack. Burial was in the Hanover City Cemetery. Arlan was born on July 11, 1945 in Odell, NE, to William O.M. and Anna (Jasch) Holle. He graduated from Hanover High School in 1963. Arlan was raised on the family farm where he and his wife, Judy, have lived for nearly 50 years. He farmed and worked the land his whole life and had a construction business for many years during the winter months. He was a long-time weather spotter, played baseball (pitcher) and fast-pitch softball (catcher) for over 30 years, loved traveling, golfing, and spending time with his family and his grandchildren. When not working on the farm, he could often be found on a day trip somewhere with his wife, or watching a KU basketball game, Royals baseball game, or a western. He would often say, “I don’t think I’ve seen this episode of Gunsmoke”. But he had seen them all. Playing fast-pitch softball was a big part of his life. He was a catcher. His wife followed him to all the games and weekend tournaments. It’s not clear who had more fun, the men playing on the field, or the women and kids playing in the stands! He played fast pitch softball until he was 50+ years old. He had a special bond with the many teammates he shared the field with over the years and loved to reminisce about those days. Oh, the stories… He loved to travel, but did not like to fly. As a farmer, he wanted to see the land, crops, and countryside; never taking the same route to and from a destination on summer trips with his family or wife. His trips/vacations revolved around when it rained and was too wet to get in the field, which meant there was no plan. Just get in the car and go. And then call home to tell his son to feed the dog because he and Mom ended up in Colorado. His favorite place to visit was the mountains. He was a special soul, described as a nice guy, a favorite uncle, a friend. Quiet, yet fun. He was often a man of few words, but admired by family and friends for his strength, sense of humor, quit wit, and ability to interject his humor in the form of one liners when you least expected it. He loved to share the farm life with his kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews and friends, giving tractor and 4-wheeler rides. His grandkids were the light of his life; he lit up when they were around. And just like the harvest moon shining bright over the land that he cared for his whole life, he was a bright spot to his family and his many friends. On June 11, 1967 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Beatrice, NE, Arlan married Judy Scheele. She survives. Other survivors include two daughters, Sheila Holle (fiancé Darrell Crooks), Ottawa, KS; Shelly Holle, Dodge City, KS; son, Daniel (Ashley) Holle, Hanover, KS; grandchildren, Mikayla Leakey, and Shaelyn, Carson and Camrie Holle; sister-in-law, Darlene Holle, Hanover, KS; brother, Elvin (Shirley) Holle, Bremen, KS; sisters, Elda Friedrichs, Bremen, KS, and Karen Ricky, Washington, KS; and brother-in-law, Paul Longshore, Maryland. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Darlene Longshore; and brother, Delmer Holle. A memorial fund has been established and will be designated later. Contributions may be sent in care of the Hanover Mortuary.
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