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Dr. John M. Jack Holt
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Dr. John M. Jack Holt

LENEXA — Dr. John M. “Jack” Holt, 82, Lenexa, Ks., died peacefully with his wife and children by his side on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. Jack was born in Liberal, Ks., to William and Mary (Morrison) Holt. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, William Holt Jr. Jack graduated from Fowler High School in 1953 where he’d met the love of his life, Charlette Handy. The varsity captain and cheerleader married in 1957 while he was a first year student at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Jack graduated from KU as a member of Delta Upsilon Fraternity in 1957, KU Medical School in 1961, then began his residency in Wichita at St. Francis Hospital. In search of a good family town, Jack opened his Internal Medicine practice in Great Bend, Ks., in 1965, where he practiced for 24 years. During that time, he earned his Fellowship of Internal Medicine. Not quite ready to retire, Jack returned to Wichita in 1989 to serve patients and fulfill his love of mentoring residents at the KU School of Medicine and the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center. He retired in 1998. In 2014 he moved to Lenexa.
Jack is survived by his wife of 60 years, Charlette, and five children: John (Suzy) Holt of Leawood, Ks., Robert (Tammy) Holt of Great Bend, Ks., Elizabeth (Paul) Jantsch of Cincinnati, Ohio, Thomas (Mindy) Holt of Baldwin City, Ks., and Mary (Vic) Adamle of Woodbury, Minn. Other survivors include a brother, James Holt of Shawnee, Ks., 13 grandchildren: Jack (Emily) Holt, Katie (Chad) Moes, Brett (Leslie) Holt, Brad Holt, Allan Holt, Carrie (James) Leonard, Lauren (Mike Britton) Jantsch, Megan Jantsch, Evan (Meghan) Captain, Alex Holt, Amy Adamle, Tony Adamle, Joey Adamle; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Jack was loved not only by his family, but friends, colleagues, and his extended family of patients who benefited not only from his skills as a physician, but his humor and bedside manner that endeared him to those he served. He lived selflessly for his faith, family, and friends.
A Rosary will be prayed at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, followed by visitation until 7 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home, 8535 Monrovia St. Lenexa. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 13615 W. 92nd St. Lenexa. Burial to follow at Resurrection Cemetery, Lenexa. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to the University of Kansas Alzheimer’s Disease Center, online or at 4350 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Fairway, KS 66205. Condolences at: Arrangements: Porter Funeral Homes & Crematory, Lenexa, KS (913) 438-6444.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Porter Funeral Homes and Crematory
8535 Monrovia
Lenexa, Ks. 66215
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Feb. 6, 2018