Date Created: 09/14/2015
Last Updated: 09/30/2015

In Loving Memory of Col. M. Keith Hollenbeck
1/1/1921 - 9/19/2015

Location: La Jolla, California

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Colonel M. Keith Hollenbeck, esteemed son of Homer H. Hollenbeck and Dorothy Rankin Hollenbeck, passed away on August 19, 2015, at the age of 93. A native Kansan, he took great pride in his 22 year career as a highly decorated U.S. Marine Corps officer. His military career accomplishments are enshrined at the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial and at the Veterans Museum at Balboa Park.

Among the highlights of his distinguished military service are: landing the first aircraft on Iwo Jima delivering two and one half tons of critically needed mortar ammunition; serving as the personal pilot of the Marine Corps Commandant; flying over 70 missions to China immediately following WW II; and, leading numerous air transport convoys over the Pacific without ever losing one convoy aircraft. His military decorations included: 3 prestigious Distinguished Flying Crosses, Air Medal with 1 silver star and 3 gold stars, American Campaign Medal with 3 stars, WW II Victory Medal, National Defense Service with 1 star, Korean Service with 2 stars, among numerous other citations.

His legacy lives on in his children, grandchildren, and great­grandchildren. He is survived by his children: Ruth Elaine Sternlight, M. Keith Hollenbeck, Jr., and Mark Alexander Hollenbeck; and, his step children: Hap Rohr Ferris, Jennifer Ferris Luther, John Rohr Ferris, and, Shirley Ferris Gresham; 6 grandchildren, 4 great­grandchildren, 9 step grandchildren, and 7 step-great­-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Mrs. Charles (Cleo) Craig and was pre­deceased by his beloved wife of 38 years, Jean Rohr Hollenbeck, and his beloved sister Mrs. Ralph (Lorraine) Stum.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to: Veterans Museum and Memorial Center, San Diego, c/o Sheldon Margolis, Executive Director, 2115 Park Blvd. San Diego, CA, 92101;
the Distinguished Flying Cross Society, P.O. Box 502408, San Diego, 92150;
and, the Flying Leathernecks Historical Foundation, P.O. Box 45316, MCAS Miramar, San Diego, CA, 92145.

 
 
 
 

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#1: Beth Probeus Signed: Monday, September 14, 2015 at: 10:12 PM


#2: Nancy Hollenbeck Signed: Monday, September 14, 2015 at: 10:24 PM


#3: Elizabeth Wilson Signed: Monday, September 14, 2015 at: 10:29 PM


#4: Pat Bastian Kaveney Signed: Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at: 12:30 AM


#5: Pat Bastian Kaveney Signed: Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at: 12:30 AM


#6: Andrew Sternlight Signed: Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at: 12:32 AM


#7: MARK HOLLENBECK Signed: Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at: 2:14 AM


#8: EVAN COOK Signed: Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at: 2:14 AM


#9: Anna Perepelitsyna Signed: Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at: 11:51 AM


#10: Valerie Rios Signed: Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at: 12:35 PM


#11: Cleo (Hollenbeck) Craig Signed: Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at: 12:38 PM


#12: Jacqui Craig-Mickel Signed: Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at: 12:38 PM


#13: KEITH HOLLENBECK, JR. Signed: Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at: 12:11 PM


#14: BRYAN HOLLENBECK Signed: Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at: 11:14 PM


#15: b Signed: Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at: 11:15 PM


#16: Bryan Hollenbeck Signed: Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at: 11:15 PM


#17: Tobias Probeus Signed: Thursday, September 17, 2015 at: 10:27 AM


#18: Lorraine Webb Signed: Thursday, September 17, 2015 at: 3:21 PM


#19: Bob Chapman Signed: Thursday, September 17, 2015 at: 5:19 PM


#20: Myrna Grayson Signed: Thursday, September 17, 2015 at: 5:20 PM


#21: DANA ERRICKSON Signed: Saturday, September 19, 2015 at: 3:09 PM


#22: Sarah Gibson Signed: Sunday, September 20, 2015 at: 8:07 PM


#23: Brendan Gibson Signed: Sunday, September 20, 2015 at: 8:08 PM


#24: Blayke Gibson Signed: Sunday, September 20, 2015 at: 8:08 PM


#25: Trinity Gibson Signed: Sunday, September 20, 2015 at: 8:08 PM


#26: Zephyr Gibson Signed: Sunday, September 20, 2015 at: 8:08 PM


#27: Zoe Gibson Signed: Sunday, September 20, 2015 at: 8:08 PM


#28: Chuck Sweeney Signed: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at: 6:59 PM


#29: Pastor Anthony Boger Signed: Thursday, September 24, 2015 at: 12:53 PM


#30: Juan Martinez Signed: Friday, October 02, 2015 at: 5:02 PM


#31: Brian SHRIWISE Signed: Tuesday, October 06, 2015 at: 7:23 PM


#32: Jenn Siegert Signed: Thursday, October 22, 2015 at: 2:57 PM


#33: Fred Moffett Signed: Friday, October 23, 2015 at: 4:43 PM


#34: Bob Baker Signed: Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at: 7:19 PM


#35: Bob Baker Signed: Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at: 7:19 PM


#36: Aimee Craig-Rohr Signed: Friday, December 11, 2015 at: 2:19 PM


#37: RONN STUBBS Signed: Thursday, February 18, 2016 at: 7:33 PM


#38: Fred Signed: Monday, January 08, 2018 at: 4:56 AM


#39: Mark Hollenbeck Signed: Saturday, July 21, 2018 at: 8:59 PM


#40: Bryan Hollenbeck Signed: Saturday, July 21, 2018 at: 9:01 PM


#41: Mark Hollenbeck on 3rd anniv. of Dad's passing Signed: Sunday, August 19, 2018 at: 11:42 AM


#42: M. Keith Hollenbeck Jr. Signed: Friday, September 21, 2018 at: 5:21 PM


#43: More Taha Signed: Thursday, November 01, 2018 at: 6:07 PM


#44: Beth Hollenbeck Probeus Signed: Friday, January 11, 2019 at: 1:53 AM


#45: Prof. David Hartman Signed: Saturday, January 26, 2019 at: 4:35 PM


#46: David Karas Signed: Saturday, January 26, 2019 at: 4:36 PM


#47: Mark & Kim 8-19-19 remembrance & appreciation! Signed: Monday, August 19, 2019 at: 7:13 PM


#48: Angelica dorn Signed: Friday, January 31, 2020 at: 4:10 PM


#49: Marc Correra Signed: Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at: 5:31 AM


#50: Fred Moffett Signed: Saturday, January 22, 2022 at: 7:51 PM

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