Paul F. Holden


First Posted: 4/12/2006

Paul F. Holden of Van Wert departed this earth April 10, 2006 at Parkview Memorial Hospital, Fort Wayne, IN. Paul returned to V an Wert after living in Iowa the last twenty years.

Paul F. Holden was born in Lima, Ohio on May 27, 1921 to Richard V. and Lucille (Kendall) Holden. At the age of one year he was taken to live with his paternal grandparents, Frank and Sarah Holden. Mr. Holden went to school in V an Wert through his freshman year and went his sophomore and junior years at Delphos Jefferson High School.

June 10, 1940 he married Virginia M. Kelsey of Ohio City. Three children were born to this union, Larry James, Sandra Sue and Barry Richard.

Mr. Holden served in the Army in the European Theater during World War II. He received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He was discharged October 26, 1945 from Percy Jones Hospital after receiving a broken back in the campaign across the Rohr Valley.

On December 24, 1955, Paul married Leta Downes in Angola, Indiana. They made their home in Chicago and in Iowa. Paul spent most of his life in the trucking industry. After selling his equipment in 1975 he was Chief of Police in Goldfield, Iowa until 1978 and then he worked in security in South Bend, Indiana. After retiring in 1987 the Holden's returned to Goldfield, Iowa.

He is survived by son Larry (Linda) Holden, Convoy, OH; grandson Steve (Shelly) and great-grandchildren Derek, Ashley and Matt Holden, Convoy, OH; granddaughter Kimberly (Jeff) Farmer and great-grandsons Tyler and Jordan Gibson, Rockford, OH; stepsons Duane (Arlene) Downes, Fort Wayne, IN and Gerald Downes of Marion, IN. He is also survived by a brother-in-law, Kyle Gibson of Sacramento, CA., sister-in-law Alice Stetz, Eagle Grove, lA and Aunt Margy Clagett, Clarion, lA.

Mr. Holden was preceded in death by a brother Robert; infant daughter Sandra Sue; step-mother, Edith Holden; step-sister Evelyn Ruck; father, Richard; stepson Wm. Downes,; son, Barry R. Holden; and wife Leta, who died January 18, 2004.

He was a member of American Legion Post 0370, Goldfield, IA; The Disabled American Veterans; and the Iowa Chiefs of Police Association.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the Family. Burial will be in Troy-South Cemetery near Eagle Grove, Iowa.

Preferred memorials to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation, P.O. Box 515, North Hampton, MA 01061-0515.