Barry “BJ” Hollenbaugh, of Blain, died suddenly and unexpectedly at home on December 20, 2020. He was 81. He was born in Harrisburg on September 24, 1939 to the late Ralph and Sue (Pelen) Hollenbaugh. He is survived by his beautiful wife of 58 years, Judy (Yohn) Hollenbaugh and his two children: Trudy (Michael) Kessler of Blain and John (Lula) Hollenbaugh, Jr. of Landisburg. In addition to his wife and children, BJ is survived by six grandchildren: Alesha (Anthony) Villa serving our country at Andrews Joint Air Force Base, MD, Travis (Stephanie) Kessler of Blain, Frank (Tammy) Morrison, Jr. of Landisburg, Pierce “Pat” Morrison of Landisburg, Christopher (Jen) Morrison of Landisburg, and Penelope (Zach) Morrison DeMuro of Landisburg.
BJ graduated with the class of 1957 of Blain Union High School and proudly served his country as a Career Marine from 1957 to 1978. He was a member of the Carlisle Veterans of Foreign Wars, AMVETS in Carlisle, the American Legion in Fort Loudon, and participated in the Memorial Day Honor Guard for Blain Cemetery from 1978 to 1993. As a “boots-on-the ground” Marine serving in Vietnam, BJ received the National Defense Service Medal. After retiring from the Marines, BJ worked in security at Loysville Youth Development Center, and retired from that job in 1999.
In his retirement, BJ enjoyed going out to restaurants for breakfast. He particularly enjoyed going to the VFW and AMVETS to eat, socialize, and gamble. He loved to garden and was very proud of both his motorcycle and his leathers. He and Judy travelled to Hawaii often and delighted in cruises. He was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Steeler, NASCAR, and Kentucky Derby. He was loved by many and was happiest being around family and friends and most importantly, his grandchildren and great grandchildren who were his pride and joy.
The visitation for BJ will be held in the newly renovated chapel of Nickel Lochstampfor Family Funeral Home in Loysville on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 from 6 to 8 PM. COVID mandates of social distancing and mandatory masks will be followed. The funeral service and interment will be held at 9:30 AM on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, with Reverend Bill Pipp officiating.
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