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Robert "Bob" Holcomb

Robert Holcomb


- September 4, 2018

Robert "Bob" Holcomb, age 88, of Long Valley, South Dakota, died on Monday, September 3, 2018 at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

A visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, September 7, at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Kadoka.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 8, at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Kadoka.

Interment with military honors will follow at the Kadoka Cemetery.

Robert M. Holcomb joined his Lord and Savior on September 3, 2018. He passed quickly and peacefully after a very short period in the hospital.


Robert, better known as "Bob" by his family and friends, was born November 16, 1929 the only child to Daniel J. and Selma A. (Waloch) Holcomb. He attended several rural one room schools where his mother taught. He finished his elementary preparation at Harding Elementary School in Long Valley. Robert continued his education by attending high school in Kadoka from 1943-1947. He participated in any possible sport available and enjoyed every one of them.

Bob enlisted in the Air Force in 1951 during the Korean War and served until 1955 primarily in England. He attended training in Texas and enrolled in East Texas Teachers College to finish his preparation for military assignment. Upon completion of his training he was shipped out to England.

Robert met the love of his life and carried on a long distance relationship through an avid letter writing campaign while he was in the military service. Bob was united in marriage to Wanda Thomsen on December 30, 1955. They began their married life in Long Valley where Robert started a business operating a Standard Oil Service Station. A daughter Janice was born in 1957 and a son Jeff in 1960.

Throughout his adult life Robert raised cattle as well as ran his service station. In 1981 he closed the station and began ranching full time upon the retirement of his father. His dedication to ranching and cattle production as a stock grower occupied his life for the past 37 years.

Grateful for having shared his life are his daughter Janice Fitzgerald and her husband Dean of Long Valley; his son Jeff Holcomb and his wife Robyn of Sioux Falls; his grandchildren Andy (Jennie), Beth (Shaun), Amanda (Rusty), Abby (Scott), Laurel, Elise, and Lily; six great-grandchildren Max, Lucy, Eli, Olivia, Ben, and Owen; two sisters-in-law Vera Scharman and Mary Thomsen; five nieces and two nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends..

Robert was preceded in death by his wife Wanda; his parents; three brothers-in-laws Allen Thomsen, Bert Thomsen, and Frankie Scharman; and one sister-in-law Mickie Thomsen.

Arrangements are with Rush Funeral Home of Kadoka.



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