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Wendell Holder

Born: 9/30/1934

Died: 9/22/2007

Maiden Name: n/a

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Wendell Holder of Petaluma, California, passed away September 22, 2007. Born on September 30, 1934, in Hoyt, Oklahoma, Mr. Holder was the eldest son of seven children born to Rolf and Ora Gideon Holder.

Retired from Interbay Lumber Company of Marin, he enjoyed many pastimes. As a member of the Choctaw Nation, he kept in touch with Choctaw news and events throughout Oklahoma. He took nearly annual driving trips to visit family and friends from the Midwest to the East Coast. He was a passionate auto enthusiast who not only enjoyed watching televised and live car races of all kinds, but who throughout his adult years, owned more than 60 cars. In recent years, he volunteered numerous hours per week maintaining the buildings and grounds at Eastside Baptist.

Mr. Holder will be remembered for his generosity and willingness to help others whenever he could. To his children and grandchildren, he demonstrated a life of integrity through his strong work ethic and compassionate heart.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jeanette Eddy, whom he married in 1955; a daughter, Michelle, who died in 1963 at age 1; and a sister, Helen Jean Wyatt.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Reynolds Holder; daughters, Sheryl (Vanderburg) Holder and Cathy Ball; son, Scott Holder and daughter-in-law Patricia; grandchildren, Brett Vanderburg and Kelli Vanderburg, Julie Ball Meyer, Miranda Holder and Brittany Holder; Mary’s four children and their spouses, Kevin Reynolds and wife Jeanette, Tim Reynolds and wife Theresa, Laurie Gibson and husband Mike and Sue Rogers, and their children, Jeff, Steven and Nicholas Reynolds, Tabitha and Tiffany Reynolds, Michael and Joshua Gibson and Anthony Custer and Kris Rogers; and siblings, Ramona Allen, Nadine Read, Elaine Bigger, Reginald Holder and James Mitchell Holder.