Services to honor and celebrate the life of Robert "Bob" Holland will be 3:00 pm Wednesday at Bixby Cemetery. The family will greet friends from 6-8:00 pm Tuesday at Bixby Funeral Service.
Born August 18, 1941 in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Robert Lee Holland was the son of Charles William Holland and Clara Anna (Wilson) Holland. The Wilson/Holland family owned 240 acres in Bixby at the corner of 131st where they lived in an old farmhouse. The Holland family eventually made their home in Tulsa. Robert attended and graduated from Central High School. During his younger years, he worked downtown at the Lyon's Indian Store.
Upon graduation, Robert attended North Eastern State University (NESU) in Tahlequah. He graduated with a Bachelors' Degree in Business with an emphasis in Accounting. He would join the U.S. Navy in 1964 during the Vietnam War. Robert was responsible for ordering supplies and ensuring the ships were stocked with necessities. He was honorably discharged in 1965.
Robert settled in Oakland, California. He had a love for historical homes and purchased his very own. He worked tirelessly restoring it back to its original state and outfitted it with beautiful antiques. He eventually moved to Eatonton, Georgia where he lived for more than 20 years. He purchased an all brick Greek Revival nestled on an acre of beautiful courtyards and gardens. Robert also restored this home and registered it with the Historical Society. This grand home became the venue for many upscale parties.
Very successful in his career, Robert worked for Levi Strauss as a regional account executive for many years. He ultimately retired from Macy's Dept. Store where he worked and traveled decorating and remodeling stores.
Traveling was a passion of Robert's; vacationing all around the world. His latest adventure was to India. He had an appreciation for history, culture and liberal arts.
Robert's life-long partner, John J. Broderick, passed away in 2010. In recent years, Robert spent much time visiting his family in Oklahoma and moved to Tulsa in 2017.
Described as adventurous and cultured, Robert passed away on his 78th birthday. Those he leaves to cherish his memory are: brothers, Glen Holland wife, Pam, Tom Holland and Russell Holland; nieces and nephews, Sheryl Merley, Gina Stretch, Jerry Walston, Tommy Holland, Angela Allen, Sara Holland, Kristi Owen, Anna Holland and Devon Hahn; along with numerous friends and a host of other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Charles Holland and partner, John Broderick.
Bixby Funeral Service
13307 S. Memorial Dr. Bixby, Oklahoma 74008
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
151st and Sheridan Bixby, Oklahoma 74008