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“I am typeing this on the date of 8/25/2010 I served with "Joe Holebrook" in the Marine Corps back in the early 1970's, most of our time together was...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: kenneth ford

“Cheryle my thoughts and prayers to you and all your family. My God's love be your strong hold. ”
2 of 18 | Posted by: Sue Farrens

“I was very saddened to hear of Joe's passing. I worked with Joe for several years at Clarinda Academy and will remember him as one of nicest people...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Paul Rieken

“Jeanne & Bill - So sorry to hear of your brother's passing. Our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family. ”
4 of 18 | Posted by: Terry & Terri Haley

“I too worked with Joe at Clarinda Academy. He was always friendly and kind and I am so sorry to hear of his passing. God Bless. ”
5 of 18 | Posted by: Scott Carlson

“To Jaris and family, So sorry to hear about Joe. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
6 of 18 | Posted by: Cindy and Ashley Miller

“Sorry to here about Joe i Worked for him at the Clarinda Academy. Joe was a great boss and friend my thoughts go out to his family. Joe and i always...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Ronnie Woodruff

“Joe will be greatly missed. I was a co-worker with Joe at Casa Trucking/Michael Foods. He was a great man with an excellent personality and sense of...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: KENNY FRENCH & FAMILY

“My thoughts and prayers go out to all of Joe's family. Joe was my friend and great co-worker when we worked pretty much side by side at Clarinda...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Brett Frakes

“John, Amy and family-I am so sorry to hear about your brother..let me know if there is anything I can do to help you. Your are in my family's prayers...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Trudy Fidler

“To all the Holbrook family - You are in our thoughts and prayers. We know Joe was a much loved son, husband, brother, uncle and a friend to all he...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: Brian and Mary Kannas

“We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Joe. He was a very nice guy, Gaylen went to school with him and considered him a good friend. You are in...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: Brenda Goodvin

“Joe was a classmate from CHS Class of 72 and a friend. We just recently found each other on Facebook and refreshed old memories. Joe will be missed...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Roger Cox

“To all the Holbrook family, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers are with you. Wayne and Joyce Lee and family ”
14 of 18 | Posted by: Wayne and Joyce Lee

“We did not know Joe but know Nicole and our hearts go out to Nicole and the whole family. May God bring comfort to you all in this time. Matt and...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: Matt Wernli

“I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sammi Sink ~Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: Samantha Sink

“I am sorry to hear of Joe's passing. I enjoyed working with him at the Academy. His sense of humor and dedication to our mission always brightened my...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Heather Herzberg

“I just heard the news of Joe's passing. I worked with Joe at Clarinda Academy and enjoyed hunting with him. I considered him a very good friend,...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: Jeff Slaymaker


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Funeral services for Joe Holbrook, age 55, of Prescott, who died Thursday, May 6, 2010, at his home, will be held Monday, May 10, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at the Roland-Ritchie Funeral Home in Corning. Visitation will be Sunday from Noon to 4:00 p.m. with the family greeting friends from 2 to 4. Interment with military rites accorded by the Marine Corps Funeral Honor Guard will be held in the Murray Cemetery. Instead of flowers the family requests memorials be given in Joe's name. Memories can be shared with the family at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com. Arrangements were entrusted to Roland-Ritchie Funeral Home of Corning.

Joseph Edward Holbrook was born August 29, 1954, in Corning, IA the son of John A. Holbrook and Jaris M. Kretzinger Holbrook. He grew up in Adams County and attended Corning Community Schools and graduated in 1972. He then joined the United States Marine Corps following graduation and was honorably discharged in March of 1977 as a Lance Corporal. After discharge from the Marines he attended Southwestern Community College in Creston for two years. Joe then managed several Places stores in Iowa and MO. In 1989 he started trucking. On July 6th, 1990 Joe was united in marriage to Cheryl Fizer in Prescott, Iowa. They resided in Osceola until January of 1991 when they purchased their home in Prescott, Iowa.

He was the most loving husband anyone could ever ask for. Joe would make every gift to Cheryl extra special with a personal note just for her.

Family was very important to Joe. He was a very loving husband, son, brother and uncle.
Joe called his mother every day no matter where he was on the road and was very generous to his nieces and nephews. They all argued about who was his favorite, but in reality he loved each of them equally. As a brother you couldn't ask for anything better; he was always available whether it be a strong shoulder to lean on or to lend a helping hand. Joe represented the Holbrook name with pride; with a little orneriness mixed in. His sense of humor and kindness will be greatly missed.

He was very patriotic and proud of being a Marine. He always said "Once a Marine, Always a Marine." He displayed his Marine memorabilia with pride whether it is in his clothing, in his home or his vehicles.

Joe was generous to everyone he met; he would literally give the shirt off his back and then ask what else he could do. Joe also volunteered for many years as an EMT-B and fireman for the Prescott Fire and Rescue.

Joe's hobbies included deer hunting, rodeos, and ponies. Recently he took up woodworking and made several priceless pieces of furniture that the family will always treasure.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Cheryl of Prescott, mother Jaris Holbrook of Corning, mother-in-law Betty Kinne of Creston, sister Jeanne and husband Bill Birt of Prescott, brother John and wife Amy Holbrook of Clarinda, brother Jerry and wife Tracy Holbrook of Corning, sister Joyce and husband George Hoerman of Corning. He is also survived by four nephews, five nieces and 1 great-nephew and 2 great-nieces along with a host of relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father John Holbrook in 2004, and his grandparents.

Joe was a devoted man who loved his family and his country.

His enthusiasm, humor and kindness will be missed by everyone.

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