John W. Hollister, 85

MEXICO, NY – John W. Hollister, 85, of Mexico, passed away on Tuesday February 10, 2015, at the VA Hospital in Syracuse.

John was born on August 28, 1929, and was a lifelong resident of Mexico.

He was the son of Hoyt and Greta Hollister.

He served in the Army during the Korean War.

He graduated from Mexico High School and attended business schools in Syracuse and Hartford, Conn.

John followed in his father’s footsteps, becoming the third generation owner of the Hollister Insurance Agency in Mexico, founded by his grandfather in 1905.

He was well-known throughout the community and could often be found having coffee in Giovo’s with childhood best friend, Everett Backus.

He was married to his wife, Jane (Martens), for 61 years.

Following his retirement from the insurance business, John and Jane spent many winters living in their RV in Florida.

He was a member of the Mexico Methodist Church, the American Legion and the Mexico Masonic Lodge.

He also served in the Mexico Volunteer Fire Department for 28 years.

Surviving besides his wife, Jane, are children, Jerry and Nancy Hollister of Mexico, Dana and Tammie Hollister of Oswego, Marty and Kathy Hollister of New Hartford, and Karen and Todd Crouse of North Volney; as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by brother-in-law, Bill Lee of Michigan and Florida; and sister-in-law, Ann Kirk of Oswego.

John was predeceased by his sister, Jayne Lee; and two of his grandchildren.

Calling hours will be from 3 to 6 p.m. on Thursday at the Harter Funeral Home, 9 Washington Ave., with funeral service immediately following.

Spring burial will take place in the Mexico Village Cemetery.

Donations may be made to the Mexico Volunteer Fire Department.