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Obituary for Hollace D. Sherwood

by Susan Crawford

Would it be possible to share with the Word and Work family the passing of my father Hollace D. Sherwood? I am attaching a copy of his obituary. Please use the information in what ever form you need to share this sad news.

Thank you.
Susan Crawford


HB-8Hollace D. Sherwood, 91, Mitchell, Indiana teacher, co-founder of the Bryantsville Hunger Relief Project, and long time member and elder of Bryantsville Church of Christ passed away June 20, 2014. Hollace Daniel Sherwood was born on March 4th, 1923 the oldest son of Hollace Chase and Dorothy Bryant Blackwell Sherwood on the family farm near Mitchell where his uncle Dr. Walter Sherwood delivered him. Educated first in Bryantsville and then Mitchell schools he graduated from Mitchell High School in 1940. In the spring of 1945, he received his B.S. degree from Purdue in his intended major of Vocational Agriculture. He had met the love of his life, Ila Jane Reish of Francisville Indiana, at Purdue and they were married on November 24, 1945.

Returning to the Mitchell area after graduation, he taught a variety of subjects at Mitchell High School, including agriculture but he had always had an interest in science and began teaching more science courses. He educated generations of students in Chemistry, Physics and Physical Science at the Jr./Sr. High School retiring from secondary teaching in 1982. In his later years, he had taught for Vincennes University at both their Mitchell and Jasper center’s and he continued this until retirement, teaching Chemistry to many students who were working towards nursing degrees of various kinds.

HB-27After Ila read about the famines in Ethiopia, with a set of committed individuals first from the Bryantsville Church of Christ and then other local and regional churches formed what became the Bryantsville Hunger Relief Project (www.bhrp.org). The project has grown since its inception in 1985 through dedicated volunteers and financial supports. High protein corn is produced on the Sherwood family farm and then volunteers clean and bag it into approximately 60 pound bags, usually for a cost of about five dollars/bag.   National organizations such as Feed the Children, worked with the BHRP, and were able to find ways to get truck and boat space at times donated to transport, first to Central America and the Caribbean, and then to over 25 countries across the world. As of last year, 158,592 pounds of corn had been sent to needy families at no cost to them. Even after a stroke limited Hollace Dan’s strength and the death of his beloved Ila in 1999, the project has continued with the support of churches, other organizations, and many volunteers.

Hollace Dan was preceded in death by his parents and two of his brothers, John Robert of Cincinnati and R. Edward of Mitchell. One brother, James N. Sherwood, of LaCrosse Wisconsin survives. The surviving children include, Susan Jean Crawford (Warren) of Mitchell, IN, Robert D. Sherwood (Linda) of Bloomington, IN and Elizabeth Joan Miller of Springboro Ohio. Also surviving are six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Donations in memory of Hollace can be made to the Bryantsville Hunger Relief Project at P.O. Box 1023, Bedford, IN 47446.


One Response to “Obituary for Hollace D. Sherwood”

  1. Ron Bartanen says:

    Our sympathy to family and friends of Bro. Sherwood. He will be greatly missed by many. We knew him from our ministry with the Mitchell Church of Christ (1952-1958). He was a great servant of our Lord.

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