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In Memory of

Louis Wendell Holshouser

October 21, 1944 - August 11, 2017

Obituary


Louis Wendell Holshouser Jr. was born October 21, 1944 in Oklahoma City to Dora Ellen (Camden) and Louis Wendell Holshouser Sr. He passed away August 11, 2017 at the age of 72 at OU Medical Center in OKC. He had suffered the effects of Alzheimer's for some time but died peacefully with his wife by his side.

He grew up in Oklahoma City where he attended Edgemere Elementary School and Harding High School. He kept in touch with his classmates in the class of 1962 and was a lifetime alum. Louis moved to Edmond...

Louis Wendell Holshouser Jr. was born October 21, 1944 in Oklahoma City to Dora Ellen (Camden) and Louis Wendell Holshouser Sr. He passed away August 11, 2017 at the age of 72 at OU Medical Center in OKC. He had suffered the effects of Alzheimer's for some time but died peacefully with his wife by his side.

He grew up in Oklahoma City where he attended Edgemere Elementary School and Harding High School. He kept in touch with his classmates in the class of 1962 and was a lifetime alum. Louis moved to Edmond in 1966 where he graduated from CSU with a BS in Chemistry and lived with his wife Elizabeth "Libby" (Woods). The couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in October 2016.

During his college days and a little later he worked as a Fuller Brush Man in the Edmond area. Since Edmond was still a small town in the 1960s and his job took him to him to many households, he became friends with many people. They encouraged him to run for mayor in 1971 (as a 26 year old running against two experienced longtime residents). Although he didn't win, he got enough votes to force a runoff between the others. In later years he ran for City Council; he didn't win but did cause quite a stir.

However, Louis always enjoyed being his own boss. He owned an advertising agency for many years, helping to get Hibdon Tire and Gilliam Music started. He also owned a print shop and published a weekly shopper. For several years he "dabbled in oil", enjoying the Boom Years and surviving the Bust. He was definitely a Survivor: 40 years ago, when told he had Hodgkin's Disease and had two weeks to live, he tried alternative medicine and got through that trial. God wanted him around a little longer.

Louis loved playing his guitars and singing with friends and family members. He was a tenor and had perfect pitch. For three years he was Cub Master of his son's pack. While he was in Kiwanis, he enjoyed working with the mid-high Key Club and selling pancake tickets. He insisted on good grammar; even though he was having difficulty talking the last couple of days of his life, he corrected a hospital employee when she used "good" instead of "well".
Both Louis and Libby have a deep faith in God and have trusted Him to guide them throughout their lives. They believe this is the best path to walk. They are members of First Presbyterian Church of Edmond.

Louis was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Wendellyn Holshouser, Gloria Barbour, and Gretta Atkinson; a son David; and a grandson Vincent Bryon Adkinson III.

He is survived by his wife Libby and their children, Holli Kerr (Charles), Steven Holshouser (Nina), and Alice Womack (Aaron). He is also survived by two daughters from a previous marriage: Deborah Swinford (Rolla) and Linda Downing (David). Other surviving family includes brothers Ted Holshouser (Freda) and John Holshouser (Lena), as well as 14 grandchildren and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

His grandchildren include: Wednesday Kerr, Aspen Kerr, Oliver Womack, Mary Kay Pinedo, Jacob Adkinson, Nathanael Swinford, Sarah Talley, Kevin Talley, Jacy Hatlei, Jocelyn Hatlei, Dustin Downing, Luke Downing, and Landon Downing.