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Jo Ann Holder

Obituary for Jo Ann Holder

February 10, 1937 - May 7, 2019
Indianapolis, Indiana | Age 82


Jo Ann Holder, 82, passed away after a short illness on Tuesday, May 7th in Indianapolis, IN. Jo Ann was born to the late Gilbert R. Neal and J. Katherine Neal of Jeffersonville, IN on February 10, 1937. She was a 1955 graduate of Jeffersonville High School. She pursued a career in law enforcement with the Indianapolis Public School Board as one of the first class of IPS Police Officers, where she rose to the rank of Sergeant before her retirement. Jo Ann was beloved by the many students she interacted with over her years in the schools. Her passions in life included the space program, photography, and Purdue sports. She witnessed more than two dozen launches from Kennedy Space Center, including 13 space shuttle launches. And in the near future she will fulfill her wish to travel among the stars as a portion of her ashes will be sent into space. Her sunrise and ocean beach photography was recognized in several photo competitions, and she was a die-hard Boilermaker fan, well known to many in the John Purdue Club and the Purdue athletics fraternity.
Jo Ann is survived by her husband of 45 years, John Robert Holder of Indianapolis, IN, three children Joe Cassady (Jann) of Vienna, VA, John R. Holder, Jr of Indianapolis, IN, and Laura Cain of Zionsville, IN, as well as four grandchildren Keegan Cassady, Brandon Cassady, Cameron Cassady and Leevi Holder. A visitation will be held from 11 A.M. - 1 P.M. Saturday, June 1st at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service and Crematory, 481 West Main Street, Greenwood with a short service at 1:00 P.M. Friends may visit anytime from 11 A.M. until the time of service.

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