Robert P. Holowecky

Born: Mon., Jul. 29, 1940
Died: Mon., Mar. 23, 2015


Recitation of the Rosary

7:00 PM Fri., Mar. 27, 2015
Location: Burns Mortuary

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM Sat., Mar. 28, 2015
Location: St. Mary's Catholic Church

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Robert (Bob) Holowecky


July 29, 1940-March 23, 2015


Robert (Bob) Holowecky died on Monday, March 23, 2015.  For the last five years he had an ongoing battle with prostate cancer.  He died at home surrounded by family and friends.

He was born July 29, 1940, to Joseph and Ann (Katkic) Holowecky in Lorain, Ohio, and was the third of eight children, one dying in infancy. He had two sisters and four brothers. Family was important to him and many gatherings over the years provided for special memories.

He attended Avon High School in Avon, Ohio. While in high school he was active in football, track and baseball. After graduation he worked on truck farms and in home construction. He was then drafted into the U.S. Army and served as an M.P. at Fort Lewis, Washington. Upon leaving the service, he used the G.I. Bill to attend Ohio State University, Michigan State University and the University of Oregon (he never knew who to root for!). He completed his MBA at the U. of Oregon.

While attending Michigan State, he married Fran Zilka, the girl down the street. Fran and Bob had two children, Keith and Rebecca. After living in Eugene and Bend, Ore., they made the move to Pendleton in 1977, and Pendleton became their home.

Bob spent his working years in the forests of central and eastern Oregon. He worked in nearly every aspect of the timber industry. His expertise included logging, timber appraisal and forest management. He was well known throughout the area by landowners and government agencies alike. Everybody he worked with could count on two things, honesty and humor.

Bob spent many hours with buddies chasing after upland birds and exploring the rivers and lakes for fish. The chase and banter were far more important than the end results. Any gathering of friends or family made his day.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Rebecca, his parents and brother Richard. He is survived by his wife Fran, son Keith and wife Sarah, and grandchildren. He was “Frampa” to his beloved grandchildren Sophia, George and Peter. He is also survived by brothers Tom, Dave, Mark and Phil in Ohio, and sisters Amy in California, and Kathleen in Colorado. 

Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

A rosary service will be held at Burns Mortuary at 7:00 p.m. Friday, March 27th. A funeral mass will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Church at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 28th. After the service a luncheon will be served in the basement of the church.  The burial service will be at Olney Cemetery on March 30th, at 11:00 a.m. 


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Blanche & Jay Severns
   Posted Thu March 26, 2015
Sorry for your loss.
Love and prayers

Bill and Ruth Fenton
   Posted Thu March 26, 2015
Our thoughts are with you.

Diana and Windy Hammon
   Posted Thu March 26, 2015
Fran, Keith and family,

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thought and prayers are with you.

Diana and Windy Hammon

Dana and Jeff Young
   Posted Thu March 26, 2015
Fran, Keith, and family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Dana and Jeff Young

Majken Hynd
   Posted Fri March 27, 2015
I have fond memories of the good and honest man Bob Holowecky, who served as timber manager for our family ranch for many years. So sorry for your loss.

Majken Hynd
Sun City, AZ

Candace Williamson
   Posted Fri March 27, 2015

BALANCE EASEL SPRAY was sent by Tucker and Candace Williamson, Scott and Sheryl Williamson, Bob and Cammie Sue Ruark.

From the Williamson Family to the Holowecky Family. Thank you for being part of our lives for over forty years. So many special memories. Tucker and Candace Williamson, Scott and Sheryl Willamson, Bob and Cammie Sue Ruark

Jeanne Daly
   Posted Mon March 30, 2015
I am sorry to hear of Bob's passing. I enjoyed he and Ron hunting at the ranch on Little Butter Creek. The humor was funny, gracious and how much fun he and Ron were having, whether they were successful with the chukars or not.

eleventh hour warrior
   Posted Wed April 01, 2015
We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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