Louise J. Holcomb

1914 - 2013

Louise J. Holcomb of Pendleton and formerly of Milton-Freewater passed away Feb. 5, 2013, at the Suttle Care Retirement Home in Pendleton at the age of 98 years. Funeral services will be Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at the Christ the King Lutheran Church with Pastor Gordon Huesby officiating. Concluding services and interment will be in the Milton-Freewater Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Christ the King Lutheran Church Building Fund, Christian Aid Center in Walla Walla or the charity of the donor’s choice through the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home.

Mrs. Holcomb was born Nov. 29, 1914, in Freewater, the daughter of John and Dorathea Anderson Rencken. She was raised and attended grade school in the Fruitvale district. In 1933 she graduated from McLoughlin High School. After graduation, she moved to Portland, where she was employed by Mitchell’s Dress Shop and also Parkhurst Specialty Shop. On Sept. 16, 1939, she married Ralph W. Holcomb in Vancouver, Wash. The couple lived in Aloha, Ore., and in 1945 moved to Milton-Freewater to a 10-acre prune ranch near her family homestead, where they raised their three children. Mrs. Holcomb was a custodian in the Fruitvale School for 15 years and retired in 1977.

The family enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing and were involved with 4-H and sports. She loved working in her gardens and yard. In 1979 they purchased her Aunt Behnke’s home on Triangle Station Road, where the couple lived until Ralph’s death on June 17, 1994. She then moved to an apartment in Milton-Freewater. She was a charter member of Christ the King Lutheran Church, member of the Fruitvale Extension Club and quilting groups.

Mrs. Holcomb is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Connie Lynne and Steven Bingham of North Bend, Ore.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Douglas and Tedde Holcomb of Pilot Rock, Ore., Stephen and Leslie Holcomb of Portland; brother and sister-in-law, Don and Ruth Rencken of Milton-Freewater; a sister, Erma Lape of Portland; a sister-in-law, Margaret Rencken of Milton-Freewater; seven grandchildren; 13
great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Rudy and Gilbert Rencken.

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