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Paul Daniel Holt  WWII


November 29, 1915 - October 18, 2003

Paul Daniel Leicy Holt, Was born November 29, 1915 in Crestline, Ohio. Par-ents were Daniel and Mary Leicy. After the death of his parents, Paul was adopted by Sherman and Ethel Holt. Paul graduated from Crestline High School in 1934. He built and owned a Service Station in Crestline for 5 years. Paul was inducted into the U.S. Army with the 37th all Ohio Division on January 27th, 1941 and served 5 years in various Army Services. At the time of his discharge he was the La Harve Port Embarkation Property Officer. Paul was very proud of his Military Service. His largest WWII battle took place on June 6th, 1944, when he landed with the 1st Infantry Division Assault Forces on Omaha Beach, later called Bloody Beach on the section called Easy Red, Norm-andy, France. Paul was a Battalion Supply Officer and his duties on "D Day" were to establish a supply depot in a field which is today the American Military Cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach. For the part Paul played on "D Day", he received the highest French Military Award, the "CROIX de GUERRE WITH PALM LEAF", from General Charles de Gaulle and the French Government. Paul was Supervisor of Locomotives for the Pennsylvania Railroad for 37 years. Graduated from several Tech Schools in Man-agement and Mechanical. Paul married Rose Mary Vita Studnicka on October 16th, 1961. They have one son, James C. Studnicka Sr., Daughter in law, Georgett, three grandchildren, Stacey, Jamie, and James II and their spouses, and six great grandchildren. Brothers, William David Leicy, and Ellwood Leroy Leicy are both deceased. Paul is survived by two sisters, Virginia McClean-athan and Leona Horning. Paul retired from the Penn-Central Railroad in February, 1967 and he and his wife moved to Sun City, Arizona. Rose preceded him in death on December 29th, 1989. Since Paul moved to Sun City, he became very active in bowling. He was inducted into the Sun City Bowling Hall of Fame in February, 1992. He is survived by his second wife Elaine Klauss, whom he married October 27th, 2000. Paul is a member of the following organizations: American Legion Post No. 101, Sun City, AZ, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1101, Sun City, AZ, Scottish Rite Bodies- Columbus, Ohio, F&AM Lodge #72, Sun City, AZ, Director, Greater Phoenix Bowling Assn, Phoenix, AZ, Past Director, Sun, City Bowling Assn, Sun City, AZ, Shrine Club, Sun City, AZ. Services will be held Monday October 27, 2003 at 11a.m. at Sunland Mortuary, 15826 Dell Webb Blvd., Sun City, AZ 85351. Visitation will be Sunday, October 26, 2003 from 2-4 p.m. also at Sunland Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Phoenix Scottish Rite, Children's Learning Disabilities, 77 East Concord, Suite 215, Phoenix, AZ 85012.


Published in The Arizona Republic on Oct. 24, 2003

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