- Published: January 31, 2013
Phyllis J. Holsapple of Mad River Township died Wednesday, Jan. 23, at her home. She was 90.
Mrs. Holsapple was born in Springfield on Aug. 9, 1922, the youngest child of Roger S. and Iva P. (Strong) Ayer. She graduated from Springfield High School and began working at the school as a secretary. She married H. Boyd Holsapple on Oct. 26, 1944, while he was serving as a captain in the U.S. Army Air Corps. After her children reached school age, She resumed working and was a school secretary at Greenon, Boone Station and Indian Valley schools.
Mrs. Holsapple and her husband enjoyed travelling around the U.S. with their camping trailer for many years, visiting parks and wildlife refuges. They were avid bird watchers, served as volunteers in Ohio’s state parks and supported the Glen Helen Raptor Center in their work to rescue and rehabilitate injured hawks and owls.
Mrs. Holsapple was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and all six siblings: Ellen Yeazell, Mary Palmer, Hazel Ludlow, Edith Shingledecker, John Ayer and Alice Jordan. She is survived by her daughters Kay McClellan of Streamwood, Ill. and Dr. Gwen Wolford of Circleville; her son Boyd E. Holsapple of Yellow Springs; grandsons Ian McClellan and Brad and Nick Wolford; special niece Marianne Ludlow Nave and a host of other nieces and nephews.
A gathering of family and friends was held on Monday, Jan. 28, at Jackson, Lytle and Lewis in Springfield, followed by entombment at Rose Hill Burial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorial contributions be made to the Glen Helen Raptor Center, 405 Corry St., Yellow Springs, OH 45387, or to the charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.jacksonlytle.com.