Nov 14, 2018

TAPs: Captain Howard W. "Howdy" Holschuh

TAPs: Captain Howard W. "Howdy" Holschuh


12 November 2018 Captain Howard W. "Howdy" Holschuh, USN-Ret., 94, of Hudson, Ohio. Devoted husband of the late Helen Louise (nee Stafford) Holschuh; loving father of Jamie (Tom-deceased) Parry and the late Steve Holschuh; dear grandfather of Jason Parry and Lorien (Paul) Luehrs.

Howie was born on November 25, 1923 in New York City and spent his childhood in upstate New York. Holschuh's grades awarded him a scholarship to Westminster University in New Wilmington, PA where he met fellow incoming freshman Helen Stafford. It was love at first sight.

After Pearl Harbor, Holschuh enlisted in the Navy V-12 Officer Training Program and received his commission in September 1944 aboard the USS Mendocino, an amphibious attack transport stationed in the Pacific Ocean during World War II.

After the war on July 20, 1946, Holschuh returned and married Helen and the couple moved to California where he earned his Bachelors and Master’s degrees in Journalism from Stanford University.

Holschuh was recalled to active duty in 1952, where a long series of intelligence assignments took the Holschuh family around the world to Trinidad, Hawaii, and Germany, with intervening duties in the Pentagon, which are detailed in his book "I Briefed a Thousand Stars:'
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After retiring from the Navy in August 1972, the Holschuh's took on many new projects, including; teaching Sunday school, volunteering for church mission projects, and documenting their travels to 76 foreign countries and all 50 states.

Holschuh continued using his teaching, writing and journalistic talents at the Laurel Lake Retirement Community and enjoyed calling Bingo, attending Church and promoting his five novels, along with spending time with family and friends.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on November 24, 2018 (Family will receive guests beginning at 10 am/Service begins at 11 am) at the Hudson Presbyterian Church (201 W. Streetsboro St, Hudson, Ohio). A luncheon at Laurel Lake Retirement Community (200 Laurel Lake Drive, Hudson, Ohio 44236) will follow at noon.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Laurel Lake Foundation. Arrangements by Johnson-Romito Funeral Home, Hudson, OH (330-650-4181)