COL (RET) Norman Leonwood “Dutch” Holland of Huntsville, AL, died March 25, 2015 from congestive heart failure peacefully at home, surrounded by family and friends. He was 96.
Norman was born on February 19, 1919 in Lafayette, TN, the son of a farmer and carpenter. He was one of four sons born to Grover and Bonie Holland. Reared in Tennessee and Florida, Norman graduated high school as Valedictorian in 1936. He then completed three years of college at Georgia Tech, before enlisting in the Army on Jan. 23, 1941, earning $21.00 a month.
In May 1942, he became a 90 day wonder by being promoted to 2nd Lieutenant. Shortly before embarking for the Invasion of Sicily, he married Geraldine F. Tucek on Aug. 3, 1942, in Dillon SC. They were married for 59 years. After his combat tours in Sicily and Anzio, he returned stateside in April, 1944. His first assignment was at Berkley as an ROTC instructor. Norman was promoted to Bird Colonel in 1962. He was assigned to Redstone Arsenal in 1966 as Director of the Missile School. In 1955 and again in 1961, Norman and “Jeri” added a son and daughter to their ranks. He served in several stateside assignments and three overseas tours until his retirement from the U.S. Army on Aug. 1, 1971, after 30 ½ years of “Honorable” military service.
After retirement, he worked for the Bank of Huntsville for several years. Dutch also devoted much of his retirement time to the Heart Association, Easter Seals, Boy Scouts (a former Eagle Scout himself) and the Arthritis Foundation. He also attended the yearly Anzio Beachead Reunions.
A self-taught chef, Dutch loved to cook, play golf, go bowling and have date night every Friday with Jeri. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, family man and friend to everyone he met.
His devoted wife, Geraldine “Jeri” passed away in April 2001. Norman was a Huntsville resident for 59 years. Surviving are his son, Jarrell K. Holland and his wife, Deborah; his daughter, Debra L. Holland, his grandson, Jesse N. Holland and his fiancée, Kellie Williams and one brother, Darrell M. Holland.
Visitation will be on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Valhalla Funeral Home, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Another visitation will take place on Sunday, March 29. 2015, one hour prior to the 12:00 noon funeral service, also at Valhalla. Entombment will follow in Valhalla Memory Gardens.
No flowers, please. Make any donations to a charity of choice in memory of Norman Leonwood “Dutch” Holland.
Please sign the guest registry at www.valhallafunerals.com.