C. LaMar  Holaway


C. LaMar Holaway, 86, of Goshen, formerly of Wakarusa, died at 3:55 p.m., Sunday, April 14, 2019, 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 his bachelor's degree from Goshen College, and later went on to get his master's degree at 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 had taught music education and was a choir director at Argos and Jimtown high schools, and for more than 47 years at Penn High School. 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. He was awarded the PHM Teacher of the Year award in 1987, as well as a Distinguished Staff Award in 2010.
His concert choir was the first Indiana state champion. Choirs under his direction performed at the national level in Washington D.C., San Francisco, Dallas, Atlanta, St. Louis, Nashville, and New York, including keynote performances at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall. International performances included Toronto, Canada and a 10-day performance tour of Austria in 2000.
Mr. Holaway was the first director of the Michiana Boys Choir. He was the song leader at Holdeman Mennonite Church for more than 30 years.
Mr. Holaway was a member of the 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, Bruce (Tonya) Holaway, Holland, Michigan; grandchildren, Caitlin Gregg, Laura Holaway, Sarah Holaway, Marie Holaway, Paul Holaway; great-grandchildren, Sam, Amariah, Grace, Noah; and a sister, Rachel (Leon) Garot, Glennwood Springs, Colorado.
He was preceded in death by his siblings, Shirley Troyer, Virginia Weldy-Skiles, Harold "Bud" Holaway, Elta Anderson, Doris Nafziger and Jay Holaway.
Family and friends may call from 2-8 p.m., Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Wakarusa. On Thursday, April 18, there will be a Celebration of Life Service at the College Mennonite Church, Goshen, Indiana beginning at 11 a.m. Pastor Pamela Yoder of College Mennonite Church, will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be given to Mennonite Central Committee.
Published on April 17, 2019
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