Longtime Soldotna resident Robert “Bob” W. Holifield died Sunday, Nov. 13, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 79.
Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, 2005, at the Sterling United Pentecostal Church on the corner of Swanson River Road and Entrada. Pastor Mitch Glover will officiate.
Mr. Holifield was born Jan. 7, 1926, to E.V. and Hazel Holifield in Montebello, Calif. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II and received an honorable discharge. After leaving the service, he met and married Maxine McKinney of Medford, Ore.
The couple moved to Alaska, where he started his career in law enforcement with the Anchorage Police Department in 1950. In 1953, he began working for the Alaska Highway Patrol, which has developed into today’s Alaska State Troopers. During his career with the troopers, he advanced to the rank of captain. In 1968, he began work as an inspector for the U.S. Customs Service.
In 1975, he moved to Soldotna and after serving as the chief for Soldotna Police Department, he retired from law enforcement.
“He spent his retirement pursuing his interests, which included cooking, fishing, traveling and visiting with family and friends. He obtained his amateur radio license and spent many enjoyable hours participating in events and luncheons with the Moose Horn Amateur Radio Club,” his family said.
Mr. Holifield was preceded in death by his brothers, Congressman Chet Holifield, J.T. Holifield and Lloyd Holifield; and sister, Maxene Dungey.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Maxine Holifield of Soldotna; son and daughter-in-law, Brad and Connie Holifield of Anchorage; and grandchildren, Jeanne and John Holifield of Anchorage.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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