Charles (Chuck) F. Holdaway, 78, of Fountaintown passed away peacefully on
Saturday, October 7th with his wife by his side. Chuck was born November 14,
1944, in Indianapolis, Indiana to Charles Holdaway and Frances Marie Pomeroy
Holdaway. He was preceded in death by his parents, nephew, Andy Turner and
niece, Kelly Turner.
He is survived by his wife, Stephanie Anne Miller (Sam) Holdaway; brother,
Ronald Steven (Delores) Holdaway; sisters, Carol Ann (Mike) McClarnon, Cheryl
Lynn (Kevin) Kinz, Cynthia Louise (Jim) Leffel, and Cathy Furgerson.
Chuck grew up in Indianapolis and attended Broad Ripple and Arlington High
Schools where he made many lifelong friends before heading to college at Indiana
University. While at Indiana he won his weight class in the 1965 Indiana AAU
Wrestling Tournament and was named the tournament’s outstanding wrestler.
Chuck also served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War (1969-1970) with
Bravo Company, 2nd Bn. 1st Infantry Regiment, Americal Division and earned the
rank of Staff Sargeant. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge (CIB), a
Bronze Star, a Bronze Star with “V” device for valor, Vietnamese Cross of
Gallantry with Palm Leaf, the Vietnam Service Medal with 4 campaign service
stars and several marksmanship awards. He was one of the founding members of
2/1 Chapter of the Americal Division Veterans Association and served as the
chapter commander for its first 6 years. When he stepped down as commander,
he was voted onto the ADVA Executive Council where he served 4 years and was
also the Chairman of the Annual ADVA Reunion in 2021, held in Indianapolis.
Chuck also had a successful career at Indiana Bell/AT&T, where he served for 31
years, starting as a manager in the mailroom and ending as a computer network
designer. After his retirement, he enjoyed working around the house, playing golf,
having a few toddies with his friends and travelling with his wife, Sam. Together
with Tom Crowe and Mike Weddle, he hosted an annual pig roast for over 20
years where he was often seen wearing his signature long-sleeved shirt, jeans,
cowboy boots and cowboy hat.
Chuck's viewing and burial services will be held on October 23, 2023 at Flanner
Buchanan (10722 E Washington St, Indianapolis, Indiana) from 10am-2pm.
Following the services, there will be food and fellowship for family and friends.
As an expression of condolences, the family requests that contributions be made
to the Tunnel 2 Towers or Gary Sinise Foundations in lieu of flowers.