Old soldiers never die they just pass away. Colonel Raymond Samuel Holland, Jr., 99, of Shipley Manor in Wilmington, Delaware, passed on to be with the Lord on Thursday, November 2, 2017.

Colonel Holland graduated from P.S. du Pont High School in 1937 and immediately enrolled in Beacom College, where he graduated 2 ½ years later. He was employed by the First State Service Corporation until he enlisted in the Delaware National Guard in 1940.

During his military career he attended Officer Candidate School and became a 2nd Lieutenant assigned to the Medical Field Administrative Corps. During World War II he commanded the 40th and 44th company. At the end of the war he assisted in the reorganization of the Delaware National Guard and commanded the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment. He later graduated from the Command and General Staff College in Ft. Leavenworth Kansas. He was employed by the U. S. Property and Disbursing of Delaware as Executive Assistant for 33 years. He was promoted through the ranks to Lieutenant Colonel before retiring as a Colonel in 1973.

During his life time, he was a member of the Genealogical and Historical Society of Delaware and Maryland, the Civil War Round Table of Delaware, and Aldersgate United Methodist Church. He was active with the Boy Scouts of America. He enjoyed genealogy and stamp collecting.
After his first wife of 56 years, Elinor Moyer Holland, passed away in 1999 he married Evelyn Crompton Holland in 2003. She passed away in April of this year.

Survivors include his three children: Lois H. Elliott and her husband Douglas R. Elliott of Lewes Delaware; Gail H. Wade and her husband Kevin L. Wade of New Castle Delaware, and Raymond S. Holland III and his wife Jacqueline N. of Smyrna, Delaware. Also survived by six grandchildren: Amy Elliott Williams; Katie Elliott Hain and her husband Steven; Lauren Wade and her husband Anton Kolodziej; Ben Holland and his wife Tricia; Sam Holland and his wife Reiko; Sarah Holland; and eight great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 10 at 11:00 A. M. at the Memorial Chapel, Gracelawn Cemetery, 2220 N. DuPont Highway, New Castle, Delaware with visitation between 10 and 11. Interment will follow the service with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project PO Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517 or or Aldersgate United Methodist Church Aldersgate United Methodist Church 2313 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803 or