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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 Hollister.

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.

He retired 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.

 April Holtry RN/BSN Wound Nurse
  Please know that you and Robert are in my thoughts.

Matt Lane

My prayers are with you and your family during this time.

 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 & keep you~
Brandon & Ali (Griffie) Parker
Ginger: I am sorry to hear of your loss. I was his platoon leader in Vietnam. Sincerely.

Mike Inlow
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.

"Assault 11"

Mike Wise
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.
Frank Esposito
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.

Chuck Olds
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.

Lori Wolford

Rob, So sorry to hear of your fathers' passing. My condolences to you and your family

Bob Raney
My condolences to Bob's wife Ginger. I served with Bob in Viet Nam 1970-1971

Ben Kreidler
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 Bear Assc.

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Since 1853
630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle, PA 17013
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