Ralph L. Holiman
Ralph L. Holiman
  • May 21, 1927 - May 13, 2017
  • Lees Summit, Missouri

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Ralph L. Holiman, 89, passed away on Saturday, May 13, 2017. He was born on May 21, 1927 in

Gravelly, AR to Ethel and Cecil Holiman, the youngest of nine children. When he was 18 years old, he

accompanied a friend, who was planning to join the Army on a trip to Little Rock. When they arrived at

the recruitment site, a Marine Corps. Recruitment Officer approached them in line and not only did his

friend sign up to join the Marines, Ralph did as well. He later sent an apology letter to his parents for not

coming home right away. He joined the service during World War II and from 1945 to 1969 he served

his country with active tours of duty in Korea and Vietnam. He also spent portions of his career at sea on

military warships, often for months at a time. He was very proud to be a Mustang having advanced from

Private to his final position as a Captain.

During his military service, he met Neola Clark in California where they married in 1950. They lived in

California, Tennessee, North Carolina and Washington DC. They eventually settled in Kansas City, MO to

be closer to both extended families. After his military retirement, he joined the State Farm Insurance

family. He became a State Farm agent and retired from agency in 1996. His passion for helping people

was instrumental in his success as a business man and he made many friends through the years.

He is survived by his brother, Homer Bruce Holiman, of Chattanooga, TN, his sister, Mary Stewart, of

Hannibal, MO, daughter Cindy Powers of Overland Park, KS, sons Bruce Holiman (Susan) and David

Holiman (Lisa). He is also survived by his grandson, Sam Holiman, of Lee’s Summit, MO and

granddaughters, Lauren Holiman, New York, NY, and Angela Duarte (Adam) of Olathe, KS. He also leaves

behind great granddaughters, Ashlynn Marie Duarte and Arden Rose Duarte. He is also survived by

numerous nieces and nephews and was loved by all.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, May 16th from 6 to 8 pm. His funeral is Wednesday, May 17th at 10 am at

Floral Hills Funeral Home, 7000 Blue Ridge Boulevard, Kansas City, MO 64133. Charitable gifts can be

made to the Blue Ridge Bible Church.