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Hollace D. SherwoodPassing: June 20, 2014


Bryantsville Church of Christ

Funeral Service

Monday, June 23rd @ 1:00 pm


Chastain Funeral Home

Sunday, June 22nd @ 1:00-6:00 pm


Bryantsville Church of Christ Cemetery

Monday, June 23rd

MITCHELL — Hollace D. Sherwood, 91, long time Mitchell teacher passed away early in the morning June, 20, 2014 at Mitchell Manor. 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. Hollace Dan, as he was known to both family and friends, and his younger brother by a year, John Robert Sherwood entered Indiana University together in the fall of 1940. John Robert continued his studies in music at IU but Hollace Dan transferred to Purdue University after his first year with a goal to study vocational agriculture. Unable to enter the service due to poor eyesight, Hollace Dan attended classes in the shortened war semesters, closed the Purdue Chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity as members left campus and also returned to work on the family farm. 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, while at Purdue and they were married on November 24, 1945.

Returning to the Mitchell area, 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 received one of the very early National Science Foundation Fellowships to increase his science knowledge at the University of Michigan where he and the family lived for the 1958-59 academic year. He received is A.M. from Michigan in the summer of 1959. Returning to Mitchell, he educated generations of students in Chemistry, Physics and Physical Science at the Jr./Sr. High School retiring from secondary teaching in 1985. In his later years, he and Ila taught for Vincennes University at both their Mitchell and Jasper centers and they continued this into retirement, teaching Chemistry to many students who were working towards nursing degrees of various kinds.

In 1984, Ila read about the famines in Ethiopia and shared her concerns with Hollace. Together 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 supporters. High protein corn is produced at cost on the Sherwood family farm and 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 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 bags of corn (about 9.5 million pounds) 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, his wife, 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, Robert D. Sherwood (Linda) of Bloomington, and Elizabeth Joan Miller of Springboro, Ohio. Also surviving are six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 1 to 6 PM on Sunday June 22 at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with a Celebration of Life to be held at the Bryantsville Church of Christ at 1:00 PM on Monday June 23. Brother Ken Wilson will officiate. Burial will be in Bryantsville Church of Christ Cemetery.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Bryantsville Hunger Relief Project, P.O. Box 1023, Bedford, IN 47421 or the Lawrence County Community Foundation, P.O. Box 1235 Bedford, IN 47421 to benefit the Sherwood Family Scholarship that goes to a Mitchell High School student who plans to become a teacher.

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23 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Dennis Myers | foleyal
    Date: August 10, 2014
    Dottie and family sorry for the loss of Hollace he was a good man and a good teacher he will be missed sure enjoy the paintings dotie has done for us and I know he did as well prayers are with you all dennis and tracy myers
  2. Guest: Barbara McHattie | Mitchell, Indiana
    Date: July 10, 2014
    It was my pleasure to be Hollace's Speech-Language Pathologist. He was an amazing man! I wish I had known him before his strokes. I'm impressed with his corn project and the humanitarian efforts. He made quite a lasting impression on the residents of Mitchell. My prayers are with you. He is where he wanted to be, with Ila and his Lord. Barbara
  3. Guest: Elissa Lindsey | Riverview, FL
    Date: July 7, 2014
    Dear Susan, Robert and Elizabeth, I was so sorry to read about your dad's passing. He was such a gem of a person and one of my favorite teachers. At times, when I'd be taking a college chemistry test, I'd think of things he had taught that stuck with me. He was very patient with those of us who just didn't "get it" in physics, especially. You're lucky to have had him as your father. I know he will be missed greatly and by many. You will all be in my prayers. Blessings, Elissa
  4. Guest: Ted Boimov | Gaithersburg, MD
    Date: June 24, 2014
    Mr. Sherwood was a very good, thoughtful, and compassionate man. He left a good legacy for younger people to follow. Please accept my condolences on his passing.
  5. Guest: La Rue Seims | Washington, DC
    Date: June 24, 2014
    He will be greatly missed.
  6. Guest: John Wilkins | Zionsville, IN
    Date: June 23, 2014
    I offer my condolences to your family. I was certainly blessed to have had Mr. Sherwood as a teacher. He was a wonderful Christian example and had a great influence on me and many others in pursuing careers in engineering and science. I hope you will find comfort as you contemplate the legacy he leaves in his many students.
  7. Guest: Carol E. Cammack | Mitchell, Indiana
    Date: June 23, 2014
    Ron said he had Mr. Sherwood as a teacher for physics and chemistry. He said he had a good disposition and was well liked. I am aware of the high lysine corn he developed to send to impoverished countries.
  8. Guest: Bill and Norma (Johnson) Fielding | WestLafayette, IN
    Date: June 23, 2014
    We are thinking of the Sherwood family at this difficult time. Mr Sherwood survived 3 years of teaching me, the Physics year being the worst. Never has been a favorite and he tried to make it reasonable. Norma ( friend of Elizabeth, class of 1971) and Bill (friend of Robert at Purdue in Chemistry)
  9. Guest: Penny Connerley Wicks | Cooper, Texas75432
    Date: June 22, 2014
    Will miss him dearly as we used to compare notes on different entries on the Waggoner family tree lines. He was a sweet guy and Know he isn't suffering anymore. Penny Connerley Wicks and the Connerley/Kinder Family in Texas.
  10. Guest: Max and Donna Timbrook | SaltSprings, FL
    Date: June 22, 2014
    Dear Sherwood family: memories are a-stirring these days with Hollace's graduation. He and Ila were always encouraging to our family. He sponsored a MHS Bible Club in the 70's to the delight of many MHS students; their foregoing their dream of attending "Elder Seminars" at various universities to assume servant-leadership roles in the "corn project"... humility in Christian faith models that got things done. We are blessed beyond measure for their example. I cannot wait to hear him speak with clarity and articulation again! Sherwood family, you have a rich, rich heritage. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Max and Donna Timbrook
  11. Guest: Judy Conover | bedfordin
    Date: June 22, 2014
    Hollace was a great, caring, inspiring man. He will be greatly missed. Our deepest condolences and sympathy to the Sherwood family. The Conover family.
  12. Guest: Beth Ann Chastain Pattison | FloydsKnobs, IN
    Date: June 22, 2014
    The Sherwood family members were respected and appreciated for their contributions in Mitchell and elsewhere. Ila was my teacher in 5th and 6th grade, and Liz graduated a year ahead of me. I was, like Mike Ellis and many others, on the Junior Prom Committee. I have many fond memories of working on "Swiss Magic" and Mr. Sherwood's many talents. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.
  13. Guest: Maria Ducker | Mitchell, In.
    Date: June 22, 2014
    Mr. Sherwood was a kind and gentle man--may he rest in peace
  14. Guest: Karon Chastain Wingard | Bloomington, IN47401
    Date: June 21, 2014
    Sorry for your loss. Hollace was my chemistry teacher and we were colleagues at M.H.S. from 1965 to his retirement. He was a wonderful man.
  15. Guest: John Justus | BatonRouge, LA
    Date: June 21, 2014
    Mr. Sherwood was one of my all time favorite teachers. I graduated from MHS in 1982. Rest in Peace Mr. Sherwood. You were an inspiration.
  16. Guest: Michael J Ellis | JeffersonvilleIN47130
    Date: June 21, 2014
    Mr. Sherwood was one of a team of junior class sponsors for our high shcool class which still produced an annual prom event in the old Emerson gym. He was also a skilled carpenter and constructed a replica of a Swiss Chalet as part of our decorations for the Junior Class prom. Educators of his caliber and dedication should be elevated to the status of physicians in our society and receive just compensation for the lives they touch ...and influence with the results being the character they build in their students.
  17. Guest: Laura (Betsy Hays) Bossaer | Reynolds, IN
    Date: June 21, 2014
    So sorry for your loss. I was a classmate of Elizabeth at MHS. I have fond memories of Mr. Sherwood's class and his tolerance for those of us who weren't very good science students!! My mother, Laura Hays Matthews, also sends her regards. They taught together at MHS for several years.
  18. Guest: Cindy Fleener Brooking | Mitchell, Indiana
    Date: June 21, 2014
    I visited with Mr Sherwood at Mitchell Manor last month. I tried to tell him what a difference he made in my education and how he shared his love of science with me. I hope he had some idea of the impact he had on the young minds he taught so enthusiastically. Rest in peace, Mr. Sherwood.
  19. Guest: Jerry Allen | Mitchell
    Date: June 21, 2014
    Truly a wonderful man.
  20. Guest: Tony and Debby Knight Dobson | LebanonTn
    Date: June 21, 2014
    Our Deepest Sympathy to the Sherwood Family. I enjoyed having Mr Sherwood as my teacher.He let me grade papers for himinstead of going for Study hall..He will be greatly missed!! .
  21. Guest: Pat (Routh) Brajnikoff | Kanarraville, Utah
    Date: June 21, 2014
    He lived his faith. Sincere Condolences to the Sherwood family.
  22. Guest: Sheryl Fields Walton | Mitchell, IN
    Date: June 21, 2014
    I always remember Hollace for the wonderful friendship he had with my dad, Jake Fields. They spent many hours talking doing work together on the Sherwood farm. Dad always enjoyed that association and Hollace and Eddie were valued by him. They are having a great reunion in heaven. So sorry for your loss.
  23. Guest: AnnBex | Noblesville, IN46062
    Date: June 20, 2014
    Our sincerest sympathy at the passing of Mr. Sherwood. I had the pleasure of becoming acquainted with Mr. and Mrs. Sherwood when they helped with the judging of our science fair at Orleans Elementary School in the mid eighties. They helped establish a program that would survive over 20 years at our school. I believe many children were motivated to learn so much more from the science curriculum because of these science fairs. The Sherwoods were so instrumental in helping me develop the program. I know he will be greatly missed, but left a monumental legacy. God bless all of you.