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Stephen Holy

January 16, 1954 -
December 13, 2015

CHAMPAIGN – Stephen Mark Holy, 61, of Champaign passed away at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

He was born Jan. 16, 1954, in Urbana, the first born child of Fred and Ethelyeen (Hoppler) Holy. He went to early grade school at Garden Hills Elementary School and graduated from C…read more

CHAMPAIGN – Stephen Mark Holy, 61, of Champaign passed away at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

He was born Jan. 16, 1954, in Urbana, the first born child of Fred and Ethelyeen (Hoppler) Holy. He went to early grade school at Garden Hills Elementary School and graduated from Champaign Central High School in 1972. He earned an associate degree in graphic design at Parkland College and went on later to earn his bachelor degree in legal studies from Kaplan University.

He married Jeanne Brown in 1974 and to this union two sons were born: Matthew Stephen Holy and Patrick Stephen Holy.

He met and married his soulmate, Kristen Fischer, on May 5, 2005. For more than 10 years, their lives were filled with great joy, laughter, and love.

He has worked for Kraft, Champaign Audio Visual, Digital Media Group, Police Training Institute, and finally Erwin, Martinkus & Cole Law Firm.

A lifelong practitioner of martial arts and a teacher at his core, he was Martial Arts Director at the Guardian Dragon Dojo, Yon-Dan (4th Degree – Isshin-Ryu Karate) and 2nd generation black belt under Grandmaster Shimabuku. He also taught self-defense classes at Parkland College and Urbana Adult Education. In recent years, Steve provided private firearm training and self-defense lessons.

A true lover of life, Steve was a fearless, affable person with a broad range of interests and hobbies. He enjoyed classic rock music and sci-fi movies and was passionate firing guns at his private shooting range. As a home owner he enjoyed making home improvements and upgrading his and Kris’s rural property.

He had a tender heart and loved animals, especially Cassie, the dog he and Kris adopted from the Champaign County Humane Society.

He was a devoted, loving son, brother, father, and husband. Steve was fond of family gatherings, often hosting them with Kristen in their home. He especially liked seeing his sons every Thursday night for the gathering of the “Holy Men.”

Left to mourn Steve’s passing are his wife, Kristen; his sons, Matt Holy (Kara Beyer) and Patrick Holy (Aimee Densmore); his parents, listed above; two sisters, Eileen Miller (Thomas Miller) and Ellen Holy (Greg Sellers); sister-in-law, Hannah Bonicatto (Dan Bonicatto) and her sons Tony Ehl and Andy Ehl; sister-in-law, Jackie Myers (Paulette Ratkovich); brother-in-law, Jonathan Fischer (Vi); many aunts, uncles, and cousins; and Cassie, his faithful canine.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents; Harold and Gertrude (Dorsey) Hoppler and Josef and Millie (Rehor) Holy.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, and memorial services will be at 4 p.m. Friday, Dece. 18, 2015, at Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency Drive West, Savoy.

Condolences may be offered online at www.morganmemorialhome.com. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Champaign County Humane Society, 1911 E. Main Street, Urbana, IL 61802, www.cuhumane.org or the U of I Small Animal Clinic, http://vetmed.illinois.edu.

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Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, December 17, 2015

Time: 04:00 pm

Morgan Memorial Home

Address:

1304 Regency Dr. West
Savoy, Illinois 61874

Service Information

Date: Friday, December 18, 2015

Time: 04:00 pm

Morgan Memorial Home

Address:

1304 Regency Dr. West
Savoy, Illinois 61874

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