William Howell Holchak
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William Howell Holchak died peacefully at home on December 14, 2011. He was born March 19, 1928 in Kenedy, Texas to E. D. “Red” Holchak and Bessie Rutledge Holchak, graduated from Kenedy High School, attended the University of Texas at Austin and graduated in 1949 with a Bachelor of Journalism. He married Joyce Elizabeth Hollyfield in Waelder, Texas in 1950, and they lived almost 2 years in Cleveland, Texas, where he was the newspaper editor. Bill then went on active Navy duty, stationed during the Korean War in Moji, Japan where Joyce joined him. After Japan, they moved to Three Rivers, Texas, where he co-owned and edited the newspaper. The couple moved to San Antonio in 1955 and joined St. Andrew’s Methodist Church. In 1958 he earned a Masters of Science in Economics from Trinity University. Bill and Joyce had 2 sons, Glenn and Paul, born and raised in San Antonio. His career included work with Atkins Advertising and Holchak Public Relations. He once ran 11 local political campaigns simultaneously, and 10 of his candidates won. Later, Holchak worked with the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the United Way, before hiring on with Bexar County Courthouse in 1972, where he was appointed Director of Commisioners Court in 1978 until he retired in 1991. Active with St. Andrew’s Church for 55 years, he served as choir member, Sunday school teacher and Chairman of various committees, including the Lifeboat Committee, which brought a refugee Vietnamese family to America and gave them a new life. Bill also served on the Board of Wesley Community Centers. An avid writer, he penned 6 novels, 3 of them published, and many poems, including 1st place in a national poetry contest in 1994. Holchak’s passions were jazz, big band music, golf, Texas Longhorn football and politics. A wonderful son, husband, father, grandfather and friend, he will be dearly missed. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Edwin D. Holchak. Survivors include sons Glenn William Holchak and Paul Hollyfield Holchak, daughter in law Anna Louise Holchak, grandsons Ian Hollyfield Holchak and Benjamin Rutledge Holchak, numerous nephews, nieces and cousins. SERVICE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1 PM, ST. ANDREW’S METHODIST CHURCH, reception thereafter in church parlor, private burial at Mission Park North, arrangements with Porter Loring Mortuary.
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