OBITUARY

Stephen William Hollo Jr.

August 23, 1940July 11, 2019

Stephen Hollo passed away Thursday morning unexpectedly, yet peacefully, in the place he held most dear, Steve’s Auto Service.

Steve Hollo was a friend to all of Raytown and a friend to all of Raytown’s friends. As an invaluable member of Our Lady of Lourdes church and Knights of Columbus, Steve volunteered countless hours in the Raytown community. Steve was a staple in every circle he belonged to. Born in Granite City, IL, on August 23, 1940, Steve’s family emigrated from Hungary, bringing traditions, recipes, and Hungarian cuss words. He married the love of his life, Donna, in 1961. They had three amazing children, Deborah, Sandra, and Stephen Jr. The family grew over the years. Deborah married Tom Hand, and they had two girls, Emma and Becky. Sandy, the middle daughter, married Dennis Hooper and had a girl, Sarah. Steve Jr. married Stephanie and had two boys, Joseph and Jonathan. And of course, Steve loved all the pets in their home through the last 40 years: Ralph, Pepper, Toby, Betsy, and Duchess. Steve opened Steve’s Auto Service in 1969, a place that he and his family have called home ever since. Steve’s willingness to help made him one of the most trustworthy figures in the area. Never having to market or advertise, Steve and Steve Jr. grew Steve’s Auto Service into a staple in the community with their honesty, values, and reputable work. Steve never spent a day without his son, Steve Jr. Steve’s Auto Service became a home for many. With a network of dedicated customers, Steve appreciated every single moment at 5500 Raytown Road. Holding over 25 Steve’s Auto Service Customer Appreciation Days, Steve relished the time to connect, celebrate, and thank the customers that gave him so much. Often the first to hand out one of Donna’s cookies or welcome a new muscle car in the lot, Steve’s smile and generosity made everyone feel like they were exactly where they ought to be. Steve spent his time in and out of the shop giving back. He taught his kids and grandkids all his classic tricks and sayings; spent thousands of hours making footstools, quilt racks, and birdhouses; sold Christmas trees and holiday wreaths at church; and passed out Tootsie Rolls for Knights of Columbus. In true Steve fashion, he always did whatever he wanted to do, no matter what, and that usually included family, friends, and cars. His second to-the-back pew at Lourdes will always be his spot, and his family will continue to hold that place dear to their hearts. To celebrate Steve's life, please join the family for a visitation at Our Lady of Lourdes from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday July 14 (feel free to bring your hot rod). A rosary will be held at 6 p.m. The funeral will be held on Monday, July 15, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Our Lady of Lourdes.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Dennis Hooper
  • Thomas Hand
  • Joseph Hollo
  • Jonathan Hollo
  • Brandon Waldrop
  • Grant Cushing
  • DONATIONS

  • Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, July 14, 2019
  • Rosary Service Sunday, July 14, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, July 15, 2019

Memories

Stephen William Hollo Jr.

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Robert Spinski

July 15, 2019

To The Hollo Family: Our thoughts and Prayers are with all of you. We appreciate all of the efforts for 37+ years of keeping our vehicles on the road ! Steve will be greatly missed. The customer appreciation events were all such a very fun time. If there is anything that we can do , or if you need anything, please let us know. Bob & Carol Spinski

Russ Keller

July 14, 2019

Steve Hollo set the example--Live life to the fullest, and have fun doing it....
Both Steves' and Dennis Hooper did the mechanical restoration on my dad's 1927 Chevrolet roadster Pick-up--picture is Steve installing the re-built engine--(Tom Hand did the Transmission).
I will miss, greatly, harassing and joking with this Great human being--we had a lot of fun.

Harold Baggerly

July 14, 2019

Greatly saddened to learn of Steve's passing. I enjoyed my visits to his shop and had the utmost confidence that my car would be serviced properly, thoroughly, and at a reasonable price. A bonus to a stop was sharing memories of earlier times. The world is a better place for his influence on the lives the many people who grew to know and love him.

Joel Jenkins

July 14, 2019

A wonderful, caring man who helped keep us on the road. Thank you, Steve, for your kindness and honesty.

Marcy Scott

July 14, 2019

I am go in to miss his "celebrity signatures" on my receipts so much. Steve will always hold a special place in my heart.

Tom Reynolds

July 13, 2019

So sorry to hear of Steve's passing. My family lived just down the street from the shop and we've taken our vehicles there since the early 70s. Steve was a great guy. Our heartfelt condolences.
Tom Reynolds and family

Kevin Caldwell

July 13, 2019

Super guy! The first time I met him - wow, back in the early eighties, what I first noticed was such a clean Auto shop & shop floor he maintained! I had replaced the rear brakes on my 70 Mustang and noticed the axle seal was leaking and so took my car in to his shop for the repair, upon a recommendation I'd gotten. When he removed the rear drum the first thing he said was, "Who did these brakes?" I thought, uh ooh, and replied, "It was me". Anticipating a critique, after all he's a professional mechanic - Steve said, "I've never seen anyone who cleaned the backing plate, except me!" And we connected at that point. Attention to details. And he was able to replace the bearing/seal.
He's taught me some tricks on cars, helped me out on many an occasion for resources, and even loaned me a tool or two over the years. Once again, a great man, trusted friend, and excellent mechanic! I will miss him greatly. I'm glad his family still runs the business, because I know I can expect the same service, trust, and bond I had with their Dad & Grandpa.

Nora Dupuis

July 13, 2019

I remember this whole family as nothing but great people. Our Lady of Lourdes was the meeting place. He and my dad would often discuss cars of course in the parking lot after church. My father being a self proclaimed master fixer of everything we owned. With six kids and many cars often a situation my dad needed help with would arise. Never would he hesitate to help my dad out. I also thought it pretty cool as a young girl that his wife’s name was Donna and so was my mother’s. RIP never forgotten. 🙏

Opal Hoke

July 12, 2019

Donna, Sandy, Debbie , Steve and family
My very deepest sympathy, my heart is breaking for each one of You. There are so many memories of Steve but probably my favorite is when Benny brought the "guard goats" to the shop. Steve was such a good sport. He lived and loved life to the fullest and it was an honor to be his friend.

Bill Holt

July 12, 2019

Debbie was in my Raytown High School Class of 82. She was in my Drivers Ed class and was in the same car I was when we learned to drive. It wasn't 4 months after I was out of that class with her, that I took my 1st car to Steve in summer of 1980 for him to check out the front end. He and his son just put upper A-Arms on my 57 Nomad. So Sorry to hear this, he was a Great Guy. My Thoughts and Prayers go out to all His Family and Friends. God Bless Them All. Bill Holt

FROM THE FAMILY