Robert B. “Bob” Holthouse, 82, of Osceola, died Thursday, November 28, 2005 at the GreatRiverMedicalCenter in Blytheville. Born Friday, December 8, 1922 in Muncie, IN to Bernard G. Holthouse and Nell Williams Holthouse he was a member of the Osceola St. Matthews Catholic Church. Bob’s father moved his family to Lawrenceburg, TN in the early 1920’s where he opened a factory that made wood handles and ball bats. He graduated from LawrenceburgHigh School and entered PurdueUniversity in the fall of 1941. Deciding to take a break from his studies, to serve his country during WWII, he enlisted in the Air Force. Returning to college he graduated from University of Tennessee and worked for Purina before moving to MississippiCounty in 1950. He began farming in the Manila area moving his operations to Osceola in 1958. Bob was well known throughout the county being active in local politics, Farm Bureau president in 1971, serving on the Quorum Court/Justice of the Peace, and on the Home Oil Company Board of Directors. Church, family, reading and scuba diving are only a few of his many passions.
He is survived by his wife Marie Whitten Holthouse of Osceola; three sons: Ron Holthouse of Osceola, Brian Holthouse of Havre de Grace, MD and Vince Holthouse of Raleigh, N.C.; one step-son, Jim Lindsey of Adams, TN; two daughters: Kim Holthouse and Shawn Chafin both of Osceola; two step-daughters: Carol Logue of Brentwood, TN and Kathy Hayes of Lawrenceburg, TN; nine grandchildren and one great granddaughter. He is preceded in death by his parents; his first wife Myrtle Sexton Holthouse; one son, Edward Heath Holthouse; and three sisters: Margaret, Virginia and Maude.
Family request that memorials be made to St. Matthews Catholic Church or donor’s choice.