Robert Wayne Holwell
On Monday, May 18, 2020, Robert Wayne Holwell, a long-time resident of Hot Springs, SD, passed away at age 95 at his home in Lincoln, NE.
Bob and his twin sister, Ruth, were born on October 24, 1924 in Osage, Wyoming to Nelson and Harriet (Cooksey) Holwell. Bob joined the Army at age 21 and was proud to serve his country with assignments in both Japan and the Philippines, where he was a heavy equipment operator and mechanic. After his Army service, he received his Doctor of Chiropractic and Doctor of Naturopathy degrees in 1951 from the National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, IL. Over the course of his 63-year practice, Bob believed that his learning was always going to be unfinished, attending every conference and seminar possible, constantly seeking to improve the level of care he delivered to his patients. He also worked hard to share his learning with those around him. Bob was a past President of the South Dakota Chiropractic Association (SDCA), a past recipient of the SDCA “Chiropractor of the Year” award, a past recipient of the SDCA “Golden Service” award, and only one of two doctors in South Dakota who has been awarded an honorary lifetime membership in the American Chiropractic Association.
In May 1961, Bob married Patricia Hemler, and together they raised their three children from previous unions and added three additional children to the family.
Bob had a passion for flying and enjoyed piloting his Bellanca Viking for both professional and personal pursuits, even flying weekly to a satellite office to treat patients in rural Faith, SD.
A devout Christian, Bob was a dedicated member of the United Churches where he frequently served on a number of boards and committees and sang in the church choir. Bob also devoted himself to a number of civic and fraternal organizations, including the Civil Air Patrol, 4-H, and the Boy Scouts. He was an active member and Past Master of Harmony Lodge #110, A.F.& A.M., Past Worthy Patron of Martha Chapter #22, Order of the Eastern Star, and many local and regional Shrine Clubs where he served in leadership roles. He also served as a Chapter Dad for the DeMolay and as Associate Bethel Guardian for Bethel #19 of the International Order of Job’s Daughters.
However, Bob would tell you his greatest legacy is the family he leaves behind. He is survived by his wife, Patricia (Hemler), and children Jill (Everardo) Evangelista, David, David Lee Headman (Joanne), Robert II (Hillary), Scott (Judy), and Tricia Parker, and sister-in-law, Kathryn Holwell; 10 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings.
A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date and his ashes scattered at his family ranch in Osage, WY. For condolences, please use the form below.
Funeral Home assisting is Aspen Mortuary, 4822 Cleveland Avenue, Lincoln, NE 68504. To view an on-line obituary or email condolences please visit Aspen Mortuary’s website at www.aspenaftercare.com.
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We are so very so for you loss but joyful to have been blessed enough to have known Bob for many years. Sending our Love & Prayers to you all!!
When I came to the Holwell family as Bob Jr’s fiancé, little did I know I was about to meet my first real Wyoming cowboy. Dad was always bigger than life to me. He was unfailingly kind, caring, loving, and the very best Grandpa in the world to our two children, Hannah (named after Dad’s mom) and Robbie the third, his namesake. There are so many rich stories about Dad, but I remember him as one if the greatest generation who saved our country, practiced and lived being a gentleman, and a man who welcomed me with open arms every time I visited with him. Bob and I brought some lawn chairs for him when he moved to Lincoln. You’d have thought those were the best lawn chairs that were ever made! He’s preparing the campfire for ya and rounding up the horses up in Heaven. God’s speed, Dad. We love you.
I just sat down to read my newspaper and saw the notice of Dr Holwells death. What a shock it was to me. I came to Hot Springs 38 years ago as a young lawyer and Dr Holwell had an established medical practice. Last week I was talking to a client who is a healthcare professional and she mentioned how interesting it was to talk to Dr Holwell about different aspects in the healthcare industry. How he kept on top of all different forms of healthcare. How he was truly interested in his patients. She remembered in the 80s how two new chiropractors showed up in Hot Springs and vowed to put Dr Holwell out of business. She laughed about how he was still practicing medicine after they were long gone from the community. He helped me on two cases I had with clients that had personal injuries that he treated. He was able to explain in layman’s terms the extent of our mutual clients Medical improvement. Both cases settled for what the client wanted because he wrote excellent reports. Hot Springs is lucky that he chose to practice medicine here. He will be missed.
We were just thinking of Dr. Holwell and decided to look him up. We are sorry to hear of his passing. Dr. Holwell helped our family so much through the years. We drove from NW Minnesota to have care from him. He was truly one of a kind.
We even flew with him to Faith one day for treatments. While we were in the airplane we flew over a rainbow that made a circle below us. It was something we will never forget.
Our sympathies are with all of your family.
Craig & Sandra Holmstrom & family
Dr holwell treated my whole family for years. We appreciated how he cared for each of us personally. Showing us he cared a great deal about what he was doing. It has been hard to find another doctor after he left. Our thoughts to each of you
Brenda and I just discovered this obituary and wanted (however belatedly) to acknowledge our great esteem and respect for this dear friend and caregiver. He was the consummate gentleman and professional. He unfailingly treated us with warmth, kindness and competence. The depth of his knowledge of anatomy, physiology and holistic medicine was a marvel. In our circle of family and friends we endearingly referred to him as “the wizard”. Our lives were enriched by his healing skills and dedicated service. May his reward in heaven be glorious. His walk on earth certainly was a blessing to many. Our most sincere condolences are extended to his loving family. How terribly you must miss his welcoming smile and grand demeanor! May the peace and comfort of the Holy Spirit attend you day by day, and may your sweet memories of this special loved one abide in your hearts. Bob & Brenda Pfister