Thu, Jun 06, 2013
Details A Life Of 'Endless Laughter And Debauchery'
John E. Holden had been a Marine Corsair fighter pilot during WWII. He survived the war, and the many years that followed, before passing away last week at the age of 93. Holden fell from a window at a retirement community in Lancaster, PA.
In the obituary, which he wrote himself according to the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal, Holden's sense of humor was definitely in evidence. The former fighter pilot described a life "filled with endless laughter and debauchery." He mentions receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross and an Air Medal for actions in Okinawa in 1945, but also said there was a "Distinguished Fleeing Cross for avoiding numerous women who were seeking child support under unproven circumstances."
Following his military career, Holden worked for the Armstron Cork Company, and later the Hubley Toy Company. He wrote he later became an independent toy designer.
Holden had been married for 61 years to Elaine Ewing Holden, who preceded him in death by 10 years. He wrote in his obituary he had recently "had a number of other wives ... none of which were his." He is survived by three children, who he says survived "despite being related to their father."
The last words on the obituary were "I'm really going to miss myself."
(Corsair pictured in file photo)
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