Tommy L. Holland, 67, of Mishawaka, passed away on Tuesday, July 7th in the Hospice House of South Bend, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Tommy was born in Dyess, Arkansas on November 17, 1947 to the late Romie and Jessie (Peak) Holland. He graduated from Mishawaka High School, a member of the class of ’65. Tommy proudly served his country during the Vietnam War in the US Army, earning the Vietnam Service Medal w/2 bronze stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal w/ Device 1960, Sharpshooter (M14), Purple Heart, Combat Infantrymans Badge and the Army Commendation Medal. On December 19, 1967 he married Nancy Scheetz in South Bend. Tommy retired from Bayer Corp., after 29 years of service. He also attended many trade schools, always learning new skills to be better prepared for his job. He enjoyed fishing and golf. Tommy had a great passion for restoring classic cars, like his ’27 street rod, his ’55 Chevy, or his ’69 Camaro. His greatest passion was spending time with his family, especially attending his grandchildren’s sporting or musical events.
Tommy is survived by his loving wife, Nancy, along with his two daughters; Tammy (Kevin) Wienert of Goshen, IN, and Teresa (Brent) Kovach of Mishawaka. He was the proud grandfather of three; Braxton Kovach, Olivia Wienert, and Madison Wienert. Tommy is also survived by his siblings; Jeanie Horne of Elkhart, IN, Barb (Doug) Livingston of Mishawaka, Dale (Cheryl) Holland of Breckenridge, Colorado and Becky (Kriss) High of Mishawaka, along with his mother-in-law, Dorothy Scheetz of Mishawaka, and brother and sister-in-laws; Tom (Jody) Scheetz of Elkhart, Bonnie (Larry) Hack of Granger, Sue Scheetz of South Bend, Mike Scheetz of Vandalia, Michigan, and Meg (Matt) Grierson of Granger; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Friends may visit with the family on Sunday, July 12th, from 2 until 6:00pm in the Bubb Funeral Chapel, 3910 N. Main St., Mishawaka. A service celebrating Tommy’s life will be held at 11:00am on Monday, July 13th, in the funeral chapel. He will be laid to rest in the Fairview Cemetery in Mishawaka. Memorial contributions may be made in Tommy’s name to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675, Vietnam Veterans of America, 8719 Colesville Road, Suite 100, Silver Spring, MD 20910 or Hospice Foundation, 501 Comfort Place, Mishawaka, IN 46545.