August 28, 1938 – May 1, 2018
NILES –Ronald “Lee” Holland, 79, of Niles, MI, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center.
He was born on August 28, 1938 in South Bend to the late Ronald Holland and Katherine (Walsh) Dickson. He was also preceded in death by his brother James C.(Darlene) Holland.
On February 6, 1960, Lee eloped with the love of his life, Sandra (Stewart). Lee and Sandy recently celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary. To their union, they were blessed with three children, Kim (Rick) Dukes of Edwardsburg, MI, Jim (Mitzi) Holland of Granger IN, and Jeff (Margot) Holland of Chicago, IL. He is also survived by eight grandchildren: Chad (Tiffany), Lee Kelly, Ally (Brian), Justin, Morgan, Zoey, Brady and Phoebe; and two great-grandchildren, Faith and Grace.
Lee graduated from South Bend Central High School, in the Class of 1957, and joined the United States Marine Corps where he served honorably. Lee enjoyed a long, successful career in the Insurance Industry, ultimately becoming a partner/owner in a successful independent agency that is currently known as the Holland Insurance Group. Lee will be greatly missed by many wonderful co-workers, peers, and clients. Lee was a member of Knollwood Country Club for more than forty years. He enjoyed golfing and walking in the woods, which often occurred simultaneously. He most of all enjoyed spending time with his family and friends with little distinction between the two. Lee positively impacted many lives, and always had an entertaining joke or story to tell.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, May 6th, from 2-4 p.m., with a memorial service to celebrate his life at 4:00 p.m., at the McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23, enter off Cherry Rd. Military Honors will be provided by the USMC Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers, hugs and kindness can be generously given to anyone you love. Memorial donations may be made to Hannah & Friends with whom his family has a special relationship.