Andrew William Hollas, 88 of Little River-Academy, our beloved husband, father, and grandpa, joined his Heavenly Father on Thursday, May 21, 2020. Funeral Services will be held at 10 am Thursday, May 28, 2020 in the Harper-Talasek Funeral Home Chapel, 500 W. Barton Ave. Pallbearers are Brandon Hollas, Brad Hollas, Eric Hollas, Andrew Hollas, Austin Hollas, and Robert Scott. Honorary Pallbearer is Billy Easley.
Andrew's story started on December 5, 1931, in rural Falls County where he was born on a farm near Lott, TX, to Alvin Hollas, Sr., and Minnie Kadlacek Hollas. The baby of the family, he grew up with two brothers and one sister farming cotton and corn. Andrew married the love of his life, Ruth Olis, on June 25, 1955, and together, they raised three sons in Little River Academy.
Andrew worked for Coca Cola delivering beverages to Fort Hood for 35 years, and then worked for 10 years as a custodian for Academy ISD. Through the years, he served with the Little River Volunteer Fire Department and was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and the Little River Lions' Club.
Andrew was well known for his sausage making skills, and he could frequently be found in "Dad's Sausage Shack" in the backyard whipping up a batch for family, friends, or neighbors. He also enjoyed tinkering with lawn mowers so that he was always available to help his sons and neighbors cut the grass.
Andrew spent many Saturday nights twirling Ruth on a dance floor to their favorite polka music. They also attended countless birthday parties, school programs, and special events with their sons and grandchildren - and made the church picnic circuit every year. To celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2005, Andrew and Ruth traveled, along with a group of 90 family members and friends, on a memorable cruise of Alaska.
Preceding Andrew to heaven are his parents, Alvin Sr. and Minnie Hollas, his brothers, Lawrence Hollas and Alvin Hollas, Jr., and his sister, Evelyn Knecht.
Andrew is survived by his precious wife, Ruth, his sons, Ernest Hollas and wife Kathy of Salado, Garland Hollas and wife Susan of Little River Academy, and Leonard Hollas and wife Jessica of Salado. Also, his grandsons Brandon Hollas and wife Christina of Salado, Brad Hollas and wife Stephanie of Temple, Eric Hollas of McKinney, Andrew Hollas of Little River Academy, Austin Hollas of Salado, and one granddaughter, Alaina Hollas, of Salado. His first great granddaughter, Addison Hollas, was born this year in early April.
Memorial donations can be made in Andrew's name to the Glut1 Deficiency Foundation via g1dfoundation.org.
A time of visitation will be held from 4-6 pm on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 in the Harper-Talasek Funeral Home Chapel.
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