C. LaMar  Holaway


C. LaMar Holaway, 86, Goshen, formerly of Wakarusa, died at 3:55 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at Greencroft Gables, Goshen.
He was born Dec. 25, 1932, in Nappanee, to Clarence and Ella (Mullet) Holaway.
Mr. Holaway was a 1950 Nappanee High School graduate. He received a bachelor's degree from Goshen College and later a master's degree from Notre Dame.
He was drafted in 1954 to serve our country and served in Alternate Service as a medical assistant at Brooklane Farm, Hagerstown, Maryland.
On Aug. 8, 1954, he married Barbara Thut in West Liberty, Ohio. She preceded him in death Oct. 7, 2014.
He was a lifetime area resident. Mr. Holaway taught music education and was a choir director at Argos and Jimtown high schools and for more than 47 years at Penn High School. While at Penn High School, he directed many Christmas and spring concerts, as well as candlelight processionals, recording concerts and classroom innovations, including sight reading.
He was awarded Teacher of the Year in 1987, Distinguished Staff Award in 2010, First State Champion for Concert Choirs, along with receiving many more during his years at Penn. He directed the Junior Choir to the national level in Dallas and San Francisco. The choir was invited to sing at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. The Penn Concert Choir also performed at the 2000 Concert Choir Olympics in Austria and in New York Carnegie Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. Mr. Holaway was the first director of the Michiana Boys Choir. He was the chorus director at Holdeman Mennonite Church for more than 30 years. Through his 54 years of teaching, he taught more than 10,000 young adults over the years and was involved in more than 390 performances.
Mr. Holaway was a member of College Mennonite Church. He enjoyed gardening and "rooting around in dirt." He was a model train enthusiast and appreciated old barns.
He is survived by his sons, Brian (Michele) Holaway, Estes Park, Colorado, Brent (Kathy) Holaway, Osceola, and Bruce (Tonya) Holaway, Holland, Michigan; grandchildren, Caitlan Gregg, Laura Holaway, Sarah Holaway, Marie Holaway, Marie Holaway and Paul Holaway; great-grandchildren, Sam, Amariah, Grace and Noah; and sister, Rachel (Leon) Garot, Glennwood Springs, Colorado.
He was preceded in death by his siblings, Shirley Troyer, Virginia Weldy-Skiles, Harold "Bud" Holaway, Elta Andersen, Doris Nafziger and Jay Holaway.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Wakarusa.
Family and friends may gather at 8 a.m. Thursday, April 18, at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Wakarusa, for an 8:30 a.m. procession to South Union Cemetery.
An 11 a.m. celebration of life service will follow at College Mennonite Church, Goshen. Pastor Pamela Yoder of College Mennonite Church will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be given to Mennonite Central Committee.
Published on April 16, 2019
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3 posts

Nick Rodefer
Apr 20, 2019
I am so sad to hear of this news. Mr. Holloway was the most influential teacher I had in high school. Him and I did not get along at first bc I was immature and he was strict. I needed that at the time and he made me love choir. He was an old school teacher and great man. I often think of the discipline both him and his son instilled in me and appreciate it. Both Lamar and Brent were huge influences on a punk kid that grew up using them as examples. Iā€™m so sorry for the families loss.
Francesca Bowling Kemper, PHS class of '79
Apr 18, 2019
Mr. Holaway was a huge influence in my musical training. He taught me so much about music, singing, and sight reading. Oh, I hated the first fifteen minutes of every choir period, when we had to pull out the sight singing books! But the education was invaluable, and I became a pretty decent sight reader, thanks to him. He prepared me well for the college choral experience, and I still think of him when I'm in rehearsals and employ a technique he taught me. Rest well, Mr. Holaway. The celestial choir is sounding better than ever. šŸ’œ
Tammi (Goss) Banks
Apr 16, 2019
What an angel this man was. He touched so many lives. I say he changed my life, but in reality he saved it. My love and prayers for the family. Mr. Holloway made a massive difference in this world. He will be missed.