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Richard B. Holt, 80, of Chickahominy Haven, died unexpectedly Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, surrounded by his family and friends. Richard was a native of Newport News.
He graduated from Newport News High School in 1955, began his career at NASA Langley in 1956 and graduated from NASA Apprentice School as an instrument maker in 1961.
During his career at NASA, he was presented numerous awards, including The NASA Exceptional Service Medal, Outstanding Leadership Medal and Special Achievement Award. He retired from NASA in 1995 as head of the Machine Branch, Fabrication Division, and had spent many wonderful years since then residing at “QUITCHERWORRYIN” in Chickahominy Haven.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Francis P. and Frances K. Holt; brother, Francis P. Holt Jr., and sister-in-law, Joyce F. Holt.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Nancy S. Holt; son, Stephen M. Holt; grandson, James M. Holt; brother, James D. Holt; many nieces and nephews; his golf-cart buddy, Max; and a large, extended family.
Richard was a pillar of Chickahominy Haven, where he was known as “Mr. Fix It” and as the “Mayor.” He was relied on by many for advice and guidance with their projects and will be greatly missed by all. Richard attended Christ Community Church in Toano.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Road, Williamsburg, followed by a memorial service with Pastor Randy Garner officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christ Community Church, 9001 Richmond Road West, Toano, VA 23168; or JCC-Bruton Volunteer Rescue Squad, Toano, VA.
Online condolences may be expressed for the family at www.nelsencares.com.