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Updated: 11/28/2013 08:00:01AM

Sidney R. Holm

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Sidney R. “Sid” Holm, 83, passed away Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013.

He was born April 16, 1930, in Ortonville, Mich.

Sid graduated from Goodrich High School in Michigan, and attended college, earning a degree in Blueprints. He began serving his country at age 17 when he joined the U.S. Navy. Sid was aboard the USS Leyte in foreign waters, and became involved in the Korean War. All personnel aboard the ship earned a Special Commendation from the President of the U.S. He then went to Vietnam and worked for our government rebuilding bridges, and was injured in a land mine.

Sid moved to Florida in 1961, and has been a permanent resident. He retired from commercial construction management. Sid had a long career with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and has been a lifetime member of the VFW, the American Legion, and the VFW MOCA in Florida. He was Post Commander five times — once in Ruskin, Fla., and Venice, Fla.; twice in Rotonda, Fla.; and at the Englewood Post. Sid started the VFW Post in Rotonda, and was the first Commander of the new Post. He earned the honor of being an All American District 10 Commander in 1992-93.

Sid was Post Chaplain, District 10 Chaplain for 12 years, and Department of Florida, VFW State Chaplain from 2008-2011. He also received the highest appointed position for the Department of Florida State VFW as State Chief-of-Staff in 2005-06. Sid earned National and State appointments, including National Youth Development Scholarship & Recognition Committee, National Youth Education & Community Service, National Security Council & Foreign Affairs, National Aide-de-Camp, State Memorial Day Chairman and Membership Committee.

He is well-known for his dedicated public speaking representing our men and women in the U.S. Military. He started the Memorial Day Program that was held every year at Gulf Pines Memorial Cemetery. Sid was a very active member of Englewood United Methodist Church, where he ushered for many years, was a Past President of the EUMC Men’s Club, was a faithful worker of the Pancake breakfasts, and he was very proud of becoming a Stephen Minister.

He was an avid fisherman, loved all sports, and was a master gardener who could grow anything with his green thumb. Sid was an outstanding, loving husband; a kind, generous, caring and strong man; and a man of his word. He will be greatly missed by many, but most especially by his wife.

Sid is survived by his loving wife, Carolyn; sister, Sharon Van Loan; niece, Susan Texel; nephew, David Reed; great-nephews, Jeremy Texel and David; and great-niece, Tiffany.

The service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, at Englewood United Methodist Church, 700 E. Dearborn St., Englewood, followed by a reception in the church’s Fellowship Hall. Donations may be made to the EUMC Memorial Fund at 700 E. Dearborn St., Englewood, FL 34223; or the Veterans Unmet Needs through the Department of Florida VFW, 543 N.E. Sanchez Ave., Ocala, FL 34470, in Sid’s name.

Arrangements are by Lemon Bay Funeral Home.

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