March 5, 1925 ~ July 10, 2003

Born in: Groton, Connecticut,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Richard Irving Holdredge, 78, of 2 Highlander Road, Woodland Hills, Asheville, died Thursday, July 10, 2003, in an Asheville hospital. Mr. Holdredge was born in Groton, CT, and was a son of the late Frederick and Gertrude Wright Holdredge. He was married to the late Helen White Holdredge and was also preceded in death by a son, Richard Mark Holdredge. He was a graduate of the University of Connecticut and served as a 1st Lt. with the Army Air Corps during WW II, a decorated B-24 bomber pilot receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was retired from Akzona Corporation as Director of Information Systems and was a former scout master with the Boy Scouts in Long Island, NY. Surviving are a daughter, Melissa Murray of Weaverville; two sons, David Holdredge of Weaverville and Paul Holdredge of Weaverville; a sister, Eleanor Sangren of Groton, CT; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be 11:00 am Saturday at Green Hills Cemetery with the Rev. Kevin McMillan officiating. His family will receive friends from 7:00-9:00 pm Friday at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue.

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  1. To all of Dick’s family I wish to express my sincerest condolences and wish the best to you in these very difficult times. I have also lost my father several years ago and know how thi scan leave an emptiness that will never be filled. I worked for Dick for 15+ years at Akzona and was there until the last day in April of 1988. I have always considered him a good friend and he gave me my first big chance in Computing which I will never forget. He was one of the best gentlemen I have ever been associated with and I was very proud to work for him and be mentored by him. His loss is great to all who knew him. Sorry I cannot attend his passing but I live in Raleigh and will not be able to come to Asheville for the proceeding. I do regret do being able to attend the services. Best wishes to all the family.
    Ray Parham
    1809 Trinity Road
    Raleigh, NC 27607

  2. Paul, Sherry and family we are keeping you close in thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May God bless you and keep you.
    Chris,Lynn and Camden Pegg

  3. Tho our paths didn’t cross very often in later life I always had a fond spot in my heart and a lot of respect for my cousin Richard. He accomplished so much in his career, in the service of his country and as a family man. My only regret is that I didn’t get to see him more. Melissa, David, Paul and all of your families you have our heartfelt sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Roy and Betty


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