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Earl Holbrook, 74, of Ava, died April 1, 2005, at Lafayette General Hospital, Lafayette, La., while enjoying his favorite activity, bicycle riding.
Earl was born June 3, 1930, in San Diego, Calif. He served his country proudly in the United States Air Force for 20 years. He served in both the Korean War and the Vietnam War, earning the Bronze Star.
On Aug. 3, 1961, he married Jacqueline Cotter and with her he had two daughters and a son. Earl worked for the U.S. Post Office as a letter carrier in Cayucos, Calif., for 17 years before retiring to Ava in 1987. Earl loved everyday spent in Ava, and especially loved spending time with his grandchildren. It was a great honor to him to be Mrs. Dean’s fourth grade class’ “Super Grandpa” each year. Earl had a passion for bicycle riding. He traveled all across this country with his bicycle. Last year he was able to travel to both New Zealand and Australia with his bicycle.
Earl was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Lillian Holbrook; his wife of 39 years, Jacque; and one daughter, Jodie Holbrook.
Survivors include his daughter, Mandi Carr and her husband, Jerry Carr, of Ava; a son, Kenneth Holbrook and his wife, Tina, of Oklahoma; eight grandchildren, Joshua King, Cambria King, Michael King and Dawn Carr, of Ava, Amy Bowman and Jerry Lynn Carr, of Hurley, Joseph Holbrook and Clayton Holbrook, of Oklahoma; three great-grandchildren, Nathan Carr and Breanna Bowman, of Hurley, and Madeline Scott, of Galena; as well as many friends in Ava and throughout places he visited.
A memorial service will be planned at the Ava VFW Post with military honors. In lieu of flowers it is requested that donations be made to the Ava VFW.
Arrangements were under the care and direction of Barnes Family Funeral Home of Ava.