May 16th, 1931–April 4, 2020
Vernon Nuel Holt born May 16th, 1931 in Springfield Missouri, was united with our Lord and Savior April 4, 2020. Vernon was preceded in death by his Father and Mother, Nuel Clark Holt & Mary Edith (Cage) Holt of Springfield Mo. His loving wife of 56 years Maxine (Casada) Holt. One brother Danny Leon Holt of Joplin MO, and one sister Carol Fay Holt of Oklahoma. And 2 children, Danny Lee Holt and Charissa Maxine Holt.
Vernon is survived by his brother: Ellis Wayne Holt of Douglas Wyoming. Six children: David Holt of Florida; Paul Holt of Kentucky; Pamela Walden of Nixa, MO; James Holt of Parsons, KS; Angela Breedlove of Salina, KS and John Wayne Holt of the home. Ten grandchildren and Six great-grandchildren.
After graduation from Joplin Senior High School in 1949, Vernon enlisted in U.S. Army and served 3 years (1949-1951) 7th Infantry Division, Korea. He was united in marriage to Maxine Casada of Joplin on September 27th, 1952. While Vernon was serving his country in the U.S. Army, Maxine received a Certificate of Appreciation from the NCO Academy at Fort Polk LA for “Support of her Husband” in the Armed Forces.
Vernon attended Abilene Christian College (1953-1958) earning a BA in Bible Major. Vernon was recalled in 1961 into active military service due to the Cuba crisis and remained in the Army from 1961 – 1978. He served 2 tours of the Vietnam War. While in active duty for the Army, Vernon earned several distinguished awards. Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal; Combat Infantryman Badge; Korean Service Medal with 3 Bronze Stars; United Nations Service Medal; Good conduct Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; Meritorious Unit Commendation; 2 Overseas Bars; National Defense Medal w/10LC; Vietnam Campaign Medal w/ 60 Dev; Vietnam Cross of Gallantry w/ Palm. Vernon also served in the Army Intelligence Command as a Counterintelligence Investigator.
Vernon was honorably discharged as Chief Warrant Officer 2, and retired from active duty in 1978. While serving his country, during stateside he moved his family to various Army bases from Texas to Alaska, New York to Michigan. After retirement, he and Maxine moved to Wasola MO, where she worked for 15 years at Travelnol-Baxtor Laboratories in Mt Home AR, making tubing and plasma bags for the medical industry, while Vernon farmed and preached as needed in the rural churches in the area. He also worked for the Ozark County Sheriff’s department. She and Vernon retired in 1992 and moved to Springfield MO and 3 years later moved to Strafford MO. Vernon returned to college and graduated with a Masters of Arts in Religion through online courses of Liberty University. After Maxine’s passing in 2008, Vernon and youngest son John moved to Battlefield and remained until his passing. They were active members of the Church of Christ, Strafford Mo.