Eddie M. Holton, age 70, slipped peacefully into the arms of his Savior on
Friday, April 20, 2012, in Columbus, OH.
Born in Huntington, WV, to the late James and
Eloise (Ellis) Holton on November 29, 1941, Eddie captured everyone's hearts
from the time he first started smiling. That same smile endeared him to each
person he met, even through the end of his battle with cancer.
A fierce patriot and talented aviator, Eddie
graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and served his country
U.S. Marine Corps, the Army National Guard, and the U.S. Army 101st
Airborne Division and 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. His
passion for things that "go fast" took him on a journey from racing with
NASCAR to working for Porsche to teaching aeronautics at
Ohio State University. Growing up around the family business, Holton TV,
gave Eddie a keen mind for mechanics, which he later applied as a systems
safety engineer for the U.S. Department of Defense and NASA contractor. He
greatly enjoyed American history and was a proud member of the Discovery
Expedition of St. Charles group dedicated to the legacy of Lewis and Clark.
He is survived by daughters, Jennifer (Chris)
Davis and Mary (George) Simons; seven grandchildren; sister, Sandra (Dan)
Vanthoff; and the Ellis family.
The family wishes to extend sincere thanks to
the staff of First Community Village and the InCare Hospice Team for their
wonderful care and support. Memorial contributions in memory of Eddie may be
made to: InCare Central Ohio (Hospice), 2233 North Bank Drive, Columbus, OH
Services will be held on Saturday, April 28,
2012 at 2 p.m. at MORELAND FUNERAL HOME, 55 East Schrock Road, Westerville.