Funeral services for John Duncan Holcomb Sr, FTMC, US Navy (Retired), 82, of Branson, were held Wednesday, November 21, 2001 at Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home in Branson.  Burial with full military honors was in Mountain Grover Cemetery, Branson.  Visitation was on Tuesday at the funeral home.

He died November 16, 2001, at Skaggs Community Health Center, Branson.

Mr. Holcomb was born at Geneva, Ohio, the son of Norton and Florence Holcomb and moved with his parents to Branson in 1920.  He attended Mountain Grove School and Branson High School.  He enlisted in the Navy in 1938 and transgerred to the Fleet Reserve in 1960 following 22 years of active duty.  He served in many battles in the South Pacific and was awarded the Bronze Star aboard the USS Heermann after the Battle of Leyte Gulf.  Following his retirement he worked installing water well pumps for 22 years, retiring in 1983 and following that he made fiddles.  He was a Pearl Harbor Survivor, being stationed on the USS Cassin in dry dock that was hit by bombs and burned.  He was a 50-year-plus member of the Fleet Reserve, a member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Inc., Chapter 6 of Hollister and American Legion Post #220 of Branson.

Survivors include his wife, Valmore, of the home, two children, Sandra Kay Beets and husband John of Kansas City and John Holcomb Jr and wife Erin of Branson; one brother, Larry Holcomb, of Mildred; one sister, Shirley Blansit of Newark, Ohio and two grandsons; Brock Holcomb, of Oskaloosa, Iowa and Ryan McCall of Branson.  He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Walter, Roy, Robert, Ralph and Bill and one sister, Frances Underwood.

Memorials may be made to Mr. Grove Cemetery, 265 Mt. Grove Rd, Branson, MO 65616, or in care of Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home.


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