Robert L. "Lurch" Hollister, Sr., 63,
of Carlisle, died with family by his side on Saturday, January 30, 2010, in the Carlisle Regional Medical Center. He was born
on Wednesday, March 13, 1946, in Oakland, CA, and was a son of the late Douglas J. Hollister and the late Felicia De Figueroa
Bob graduated from high school in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico in 1964 and soon thereafter entered the U. S.
Army. He was a Vietnam War veteran and served one tour as a door gunner onboard a "HUEY" from 1966-68 and served another tour
as a crew chief onboard a "COBRA" from 1970-72. Bob earned many medals and honors for his faithful service to our country.
He received the Purple Heart Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, Marksman Badge (M-14), Expert Badge (M-16), Air Medal (1-10
Olive Cluster), National Defense Service Medal, Aircraft Crewman Badge, Good Conduct Medal W/Clasps Bronze W/2 Loops, the
Army Commendation Medal W/2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Vietnam Service Medal W/6 Campaign Stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal W/60
Device, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross W/Palm Unit Citation Badge, Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Honor Medal, First
Class Unit Citation Badge, 6 Overseas Bars and the Meritorious Unit Emblem. Bob served in the TET Offensive.
from the Defense Distribution Regional East-Mechanicsburg after 15 years of service, and was a former Correction Officer for
Cumberland County Prison and a former C. H. Masland and Sons employee. Bob was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church
in Carlisle, and was also a member of the 101st Airborne Division Assoc., the KHe SanH Veterans, Mt. Holly Springs American
Legion Post 674, Alpha Troop 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Assoc., the Assoc. of the 199th Light Infantry Brigade (Redcatcher
Inc.), 25th Infantry Division Assoc., Tropic Lightning, Distinguished Flying Cross member, Little Bear Diamondhead Clipper
Assoc. and the Vietnam Helicopter Crew Member Association.
He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Ginger L. (Woods)
Hollister, a son and daughter, Robert L. Hollister, Jr. and Jennifer L. Hollister both of Harrisburg, many loving and caring
nieces, nephews, family members and friends from Claremont Nursing & Rehab. Center, Health South, Holy Spirit Hospital,
Carlisle Regional Medical Center, ManorCare and Special Events Emergency Medical Services. Bob is also survived by his loving
canine companion, King Lee Hollister.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 5, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. in
the Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, 630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle, with Rev. Timothy Sadler officiating. Burial with military
honors provided by Cumberland County Honor Guard will be in Mt. Holly Springs Cemetery. A viewing will be held Thursday evening
from 6-9:00 p.m. in the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Central PA, 4813 Jonestown
Rd., Suite 101, Harrisburg, PA 17109 or American Diabetes Association, 3544 N. Progress Ave., Suite 202, Harrisburg, PA 17110
or to Carlisle PetSmart Pet Charities, 248 Westminster Dr., Carlisle, PA 17015.
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Thank you so much for your phone call. I truly
appreciated it. However, I am saddened by the passing of a wonderful kind man. I will keep you in my prayers and thoughts
during this tragic time and know that Bob is in a much better place that is without pain and suffering. Rest ashored he is
whole and sitting beside God watching down upon us each day. May God hold you close during your time of saddness.
Holtry RN/BSN Wound Nurse
Please know that you and Robert are
in my thoughts.
My prayers are with you and your family during this
Michael D. Young
We are truly sorry to hear of your loss. We might
just be distant family but you guys are pretty much the only family we have. I'm pretty sure you here this from everyone
but if there's anything you need feel free to ask.
Love you guys.
Chris and Jenn Gonzalez
I am so sorry for your loss. I pray for strength for
your family in this time of grieving. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
William and Amy Parks
Mrs Hollister, Bobby & Jenny,
I'm so sorry to hear of the
loss of your husband & dad. I remember how much he enjoyed being at your sporting events and supporting you.
Please know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May God bless you &
Brandon & Ali (Griffie) Parker
Ginger: I am sorry to hear of your loss. I was his platoon leader
in Vietnam. Sincerely.
Bob is loved and missed by many who knew him in the service.
He was a valued member of our "Band of Brothers" in A Trp. 2/17 Cav, 101st.
To the family:
I served with Bob in RVN 70-71. He was a
dedicated trooper and a trustful and loyal member of A Troop. He was always there when he was needed.
I am sorry
for your loss and my thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
A Troop 70-71
Ginger, Robert, and Jennifer,
We are sorry to read about
the passing of your husband and father. It's been a few months since we last spoke to one of you and knowing what he was going
through then he is in a better place. He will always be with you just in a different way. We are thinking of you and will
keep you in our prayers. Be strong and you will get through these hard time.
Andrea and Cathy Bell
m/sgt robert c schenck 332 tc
detachment attached to A troop 2/17 Cav 1968 69 70
May peace be with you Bob, and my deepest sympathies to your family.
I was in your unit, A Trp, 2nd Sqdn, 17th Cav, 101st Abn Div, and though I didn't know you personally, I was a brother in
arms. I feel your loss and am proud to have served with you. My message to your family would be that to remember
Bob is to keep him alive and that is a proud service for us all. May God bless you and keep you well.
All of us at the Wound Center are thinking of
you and your family. I am sure Robert is in a better place. Peace be with you.
Dr. Hardesty and staff
Ginger, Robert and Jennifer,
May God Bless
you all in your time of sorrow. Please know your family is being lifted up in thoughts and prayers.
Rob, So sorry to hear of your fathers' passing. My condolences
to you and your family
My condolences to Bob's wife Ginger. I served with Bob in Viet
I love you Uncle Bob.
Tatiyana and D'Marion
Condolences on your loss. Many of the
Little Bears remember
Robert as a dedicated professional who was more than a crew member. He was a friend.
Ron Hall, Secretary, Little
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