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“I have just read about John Holm's death; I liked and I still like his works. I was and I am greatly enthusiast of his "Woody's World" panels, which...Read More »
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“I loved Woody's World and have the book, plus I cut and saved the comic panel each time it appeared in the San Diego Union Tribune. I was a Boy Scout...Read More »
2 of 4 | Posted by: Will - Escondido, CA - none

“My father spoke of John the other day. He said the he and John skipped school one time and hitch-hiked to Centralia to see Tom Hick's Circus. When...Read More »
3 of 4 | Posted by: Carol Salmon Johnston - Eugene, OR

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John Holm, “the flying cartoonist,” went to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 29, 2009. He was 87. He is survived by Gloria, his loving wife of sixty-five years; son John; his three grandchildren: David, Allison and Mike; plus many nieces and nephews. John was one of ten children; his parents, John and Anna Holm, were Swedish immigrants and dairy farmers in Rochester, Washington.
John was a Marine Air Corps fighter pilot in the South Pacific during World War II and a transport pilot in the Korean War. He worked as a lumberjack in Southern Oregon after WWII and then joined United Airlines, piloting for 30 years.
John created the popular Woody’s World cartoon for many years while flying for United and was dubbed “the flying cartoonist.” Upon retirement he kept busy designing and building homes, including the renovation of the Friday Harbor Hotel on San Juan Island. John and Gloria helped two Cambodian families gain establishment in the US as an expression of their strong Christian faith. John was a kind man of God who enjoyed fishing, carpentry, flying his seaplane and golfing. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Funeral service will be held in the Evergreen Washelli Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, April 2, 2009 at 2:00 PM. Burial in Evergreen Cemetery.

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