Bryce (Pappy) Henry Holcomb, age 77, of Hibbing died March 30, at home with his wife Sandy at his side after a short brave fight with cancer. He was born May 23, 1935, to Walter and Nora (Eichol) Holcomb in Brookings, South Dakota.
He graduated from Bemidji High School then served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War in Missile Control. He married his wife Sandy (Cynthia Hanson) on April 18, 1981, and they were married for 31 years. He retired from Electric Power Door, from his second career delivering bundled newspapers with Rich Ledoux Trucking, and his third career at Hibbing Public Access.
He enjoyed reading his Bibles, flying radio controlled airplanes, team bowling, building static train displays, using his green thumb to grow vegetables and flowers in the neighbor’s yard so they could enjoy them. He wore out two 4-wheelers with all the miles he traveled. He was a self- taught carpenter building many projects including totally gutting and rebuilding two houses with the help of his brother Curt.
He was an avid wildlife and scenery photographer taking many pictures that were displayed at the Hibbing Gallery Hop. While living in Silver Bay, he and his wife Sandy hiked all the rivers and waterfalls along Lake Superior from Duluth to the Canadian border taking many pictures and collecting rocks. He enjoyed the yearly family camping trips with all the kids and grandkids. He is a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Hibbing and a past member of United Protestant Church in Silver Bay, where he served as a member of the Diaconate committee.
He is survived by his wife, Sandy; his children, Crystal Cole of Bloomington, Tracy (Amanda) Holcomb of Woodbury, Chris (Andy) Magnusson of Hibbing, Jack (Jean Kallsen) Jarvis of Hibbing, Jeffery (Cathy) Holcomb of Arkansas, and Vicky (Tom) Lopeman of Arkansas; his sister Mirab (Gary) Bakken of Langby, Minn.; his brothers, Curt Holcomb of Hibbing, and Myron (Terri) Holcomb of Virginia; 12 grandchildren, John, Ashley, Courtney, Dylan, Chandler, Matthew, Corrina, Nycholas, Rylie, Aidian, Kathy and Arron; and many nieces and nephews. His parents preceded him in death.
His family wishes to thank Dr. Gueli and RN Terri of St. Lukes Hospital in Duluth, and North Star Hospice of Hibbing for all the caring and kind staff. Memorials in lieu of flowers may be sent to North Star Hospice Hibbing.
A gathering of family and friends will be held on Saturday, April 6, with the visitation from 10 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. memorial service at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Hibbing. The reverends Brian Birk and Paul Scringi will officiate. Inurnment will be at a later date in the Lakeview Cemetery in Buhl.
Family services are provided by Anderson-Daniels, a Bauman Family Funeral Home, in Hibbing. To express condolences on-line please see: www.baumanfuneralhome.com.