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Vance Harold Holbrook, 95, who saw some of the most severe combat in World War II, died April 11, 2014, in Billings.
He was born July 30, 1918, in Milbank, S.D., the third of four sons of Weslay R. and Emma Holbrook.
He served in the 3rd Infantry from 1941 to 1945. Though never wounded, he made five different beach landings, marched across northern Africa, sailed to Sicily, on to Italy where he fought at Anzio, marched across Europe and ended up in Berchtesgaden, Germany.
Upon his return he followed in his father’s footsteps, going to work for Standard Oil. He eventually went to work for Mutual of New York and finally with Colonial Life Insurance. He continued working well into his 80s.
Mr. Holbrook was an Eagle Scout, and a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He spent several years as Santa Claus at Rimrock Mall.
Survivors include a brother, Gale Holbrook of Rapid City, S.D.; children, John, Dan, Kathy Petersen and Bob; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild on the way.
A vigil was held April 14 at Dahl Funeral Chapel, preceded by the Rosary. Memorial Mass was April 15 at St. Pius X Catholic Church. Arrangements were by Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society.