Jerry L. Holtsclaw

May 24, 1945- February 16, 2022

Jerry Lee Holtsclaw, 76, of Oolitic, passed away Wednesday evening, February 16, 2022, surrounded by his family and friends, at his residence.

Born May 24, 1945, in Terre Haute, Indiana, he was the son of Robert P. and Orzella M. (Rodgers) Holtsclaw. He married Carol Oliver on December 15, 1967, and she survives.

Jerry was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in the U.S. Army. During his tour in the Vietnam war, he was exposed to Agent Orange. He retired from General Motors in Bedford after 40-years of driving a forklift truck. He was a lifetime member of D.A.V, a member of VFW and the American Legion. Jerry loved the outdoors. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and he felt most at peace when he was on the river. He also enjoyed Nascar racing and attending the local dirt-track races. He was a Fierce competitor in gun shoots. Jerry frequented most auctions, especially Robinsons, and he became quite an avid collector. However, his most prized enjoyment was spending time with family, friends, and neighbors.

Survivors include his wife, Carol, of Oolitic; a daughter, Michelle Cummings (Barry) of Bedford; a son, James L. Holtsclaw (Charity) of Orleans. Four grandchildren: Brandon Holtsclaw, Alycia Logsdon, Jerrica Holtsclaw, and Jessie Albertson. Two great-grandchildren Izzy Holtsclaw and Peyton Albertson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers: Lex Holtsclaw, James E. Holtsclaw, Robert Preston Holtsclaw Jr., and Ernie W. Holtsclaw; two sisters: Dorothy Armstrong and Mary Jane Price; one grandson: Jordan Lee Holtsclaw.

Jerry has chosen to be cremated. A Celebration of Life will be held on March 19, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. located at Robinson’s Auction Barn (8620 N ST Rd 37 Orleans, IN 47452).

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