John R. Holder, Jr., 56, Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY —  The funeral service for John R. Holder, Jr. will be 11:00 am Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, at the Reed & Benoit Funeral Home, Watertown. Spring burial will be held in Brownville Cemetery.

Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at the funeral home.

John passed away Thursday, November 28, at Samaritan Medical Center with his cousin Renee Cole by his side. He was 56 years old.

Born Aug. 17, 1963, in Watertown, a son to John Sr. and Sandra (Race) Holder, he was educated locally.

He spent his career working as an auto mechanic.

John was a race car driver at Evans Mills, Adirondack & Can-Am Speedways for many years. Under the numbers 20 & 14 John was a multiple feature winner at Can-Am, and Evans Mills, tracks.

Marriages to Dawn Seldon and Tammy Barker would end in divorce.

John is survived by his children, Devon Holder of North Carolina, Jessie Holder of Watertown, Cassie Farr or Alexandria Bay, Lacey Farr of Syracuse, Joseph Farr of Watertown; his siblings, Thomas (Penny) Holder, Michael (Sheena) Holder, Mark (April) Holder, Chris Holder, Angelina Holder Swiney, Timothy (Lisa) Lobdell, Scott (Tammy) Lobdell, Tina Lobdell; four grandchildren, aunts, uncles and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Besides his parents, John was predeceased by his grandmother, Rose Holder, and his nephew, Brandon Holder.

Arrangements are with Reed & Benoit Funeral Home, Inc.

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