Holly Crook

Holly Jean Crook

Monday, August 26th, 1985 - Wednesday, June 9th, 2021
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Funeral Services for Holly Jean Crook, age 35, of O’Neill, NE, formerly of Rising City, NE, will be 11 AM Monday, June 14, 2021 at the Butler County Fairgrounds Event Center in David City, NE. Visitation will be from 9:30 AM until the time of the service. Funeral Services will continue on at 11:00 am Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at the Word of Life Christian Center in O’Neill, NE, followed by burial in the O’Neill Cemetery. Visitation on Tuesday will be from 9:30 AM until the time of the service. Rev. Jim Loutzenhiser will officiate both services. Holly passed away after a battle with cancer on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 in O’Neill. Services will be under the direction of Kracl Funeral Chapels of David City and Biglin’s Mortuary of O’Neill.

Holly Jean Crook was born on August 26, 1985 to Michael and Connie (Svoboda) Crook in David City, NE. Holly loved farm life. She grew up showing cattle, caring for her cats and dogs, and making friends with neighbors. Holly was involved with 4-H and was a member of the Nebraska Junior Limousin Association and the Heartland Limousin Association. Holly enjoyed spending time swimming in the pool after chore time, watching the Huskers, and getting together with family to play with cousins.

When Holly transitioned into High School, she filled her days with basketball, cheerleading, and was crowned Homecoming Queen her senior year. Holly graduated from David City High School in 2004.

After graduation, Holly attended Hastings Community College, Wayne State College, and graduated from Southeast Community College in Lincoln with her Associate Degree in Arts. Holly studied at Travel Academy in Minneapolis to become a flight attendant. Although Holly never pursued this as a career, she was always proud of this accomplishment. In Dallas, Holly was a licensed condominium leasing agent. Amongst some of her other jobs she enjoyed, Holly was involved with North Star, CMA at Brookdale Assisted Living, Youth Ministry Leader, School Cafeteria Assistant, and so many other jobs. Holly dedicated multiple summers to volunteer at youth camps. Holly was fluent in Spanish, American and Spanish Sign Language, and went on to work as a translator.

Holly’s love and passion for other people lead her to missions work in Brazil. She was being trained as a full-time missionary for Brazil and in the process of raising her support. This was Holly’s driving force to push her through her battles with cancer.

Throughout Holly’s life, her natural gift for singing ministered to many people. Whether singing for events, in church as a worship leader, or in the car she expressed the passions of her heart through her beautiful voice and love for music. Holly’s huge heart, smile, and joy drew people to her.

It was in Norfolk, NE that Holly made the decision to commit her life to serving the Lord. Wherever Holly went, she loved to tell people about her love for Jesus. Even through her final days, Holly was reaching out to people and encouraging others. Her joy and zeal for life were contagious. Holly’s passion for serving the Lord surpassed everything else. It was the most important thing in all of her life.

Holly is survived by her mother, Connie Svoboda of Lincoln, NE; father, Michael Crook of Rising City, NE; brother, Daryl Crook of Rising City; best friend, Joel Loutzenhiser, Jr. of O’Neill, NE; grandparents, Willis and Maxine Svoboda of David City, NE; and many aunts, uncles, relatives, her church family, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Walter and Mary Ann Crook; uncles, Bruce Crook and Mark Svoboda; and quote-unquote grandpa, James Loutzenhiser, Sr.
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Ana Bryner

Posted at 07:02pm
Holly you were such a blessing to our family! We love you!! Ana & Wezy Bryner and Emma Walton
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Sarah Vanek

Posted at 11:52am
In 2017, I went on a mission trip to Brazil. Holly was on our team, and was my roommate for part of the trip. What I remember about her is how sweet and real she was. She wasn't afraid to be genuine. Most of all, though, she was in love with Jesus and had the deepest heart for the people of Brazil. I'm glad that she is with her Savior, but I'm deeply sorry for the loss of her on earth. I am praying for Crook family.

lacey slocum

Posted at 02:31am
Holly, I rember when i was in a reallly tough spot in life and i felt like i had no one so i tried to take my life of course that didn’t help or obviously work but you showed up for me at the physiatrist ward to visit me and and try and help me i have never and will never forget that how caring and thoughtful you were and how much you loved me

Brent Ruttman

Posted at 07:53am
With loving memories of "Holly Crook",
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Nikki O’Connor

Posted at 04:25pm
My heart goes out to the family. I wanted to share that we meet her once in a lobby, she was drawn to my son. They talked the whole time. Her smile and spirit filled the room. She gave him something special that day a bracelet she wore, it says SERVE. Nikki O’Connor

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