Nicholas Holland loved spending time with family, friends

Friday, July 27, 2012 | 8:16 p.m. CDT; updated 10:15 a.m. CDT, Monday, August 6, 2012

*CORRECTION: Nicholas Holland died Monday, July 23, 2012. An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified this date.

Nicholas Holland will be remembered as a thinker, lover and gentle soul by his family and friends. 

Nicholas Luther Holland died Monday, July 23, 2012.* The cause of death was unknown. He was 21.

Mr. Holland was born June 29, 1991, in Eugene, Ore., to Michael E. Holland and Deborah (Crosley) Holland. Mr. Holland was an only child, and relocated with his family to Columbia at the age of 5.

Mr. Holland graduated from Rock Bridge High School in 2009 and attended Moberly Area Community College and MU with the hope of becoming a writer. Mr. Holland spent the last three years working at Hy-Vee.

Mr. Holland was known for his love of books and a curiosity and passion for learning. He loved the outdoors and was able to appreciate the beauty of nature.

His grandparents, Aileen Crosley and Harold Crosley Sr., described Mr. Holland as a charismatic person with a really nice disposition on life. 

"He was a very nice young man, very polite. He liked to try new things, he was so very inquisitive," said his grandfather.

Mr. Holland also enjoyed spending time with his father.

"Occasionally he and his father would find a pool hall and play pool. They enjoyed one another's company," Harold Crosley Sr. said.

"He liked life, and he liked people," Aileen Crosley said.

Mr. Holland is survived by his parents; his paternal grandfather, Michael R. Holland, of Oklahoma City, Okla.; Harold Crosley Sr. and Aileen Crosley of Edmond, Okla.; his uncles, Harold W. Crosley Jr. of Edmond; his aunt, Jeannie (Crosley) Fox and her husband, Ray Fox, of Edmond; and his cousins, Ray Andrew and Laura Fox, both of Edmond. 

Services will be held at 2 p.m. August 5 at First Baptist Church, 1112 E. Broadway.

Memorial contributions can be made to the MU Children's Hospital, 404 N. Keene Street, Columbia, MO 65201. 

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