Hollis Hudetz
(1980 - 2011)

Hollis Hudetz

October 3, 1980

October 24, 2011

Join us as we celebrate Hollis' life!

Sunday, October 30th – “Open Mic Night”
This will be an opportunity to sing, tell stories about Hollis, laugh and cry together as we remember Hollis.
6pm - 9pm
Full Throttle Coffee Shop (above Boomers Music)
3761 S. Mason St
Fort Collins

Monday, October 31st – Wake 6pm - 9pm
This will be a closed casket wake.
Bohlender Funeral Chapel
121 W. Olive Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524

Tuesday, November 1st at 1pm Funeral Service
Bohlender Funeral Chapel
121 W. Olive Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524

Please join us at The Rio of Fort Collins following the funeral service for a gathering from 2:30pm - 5:30pm.
The Rio Fort Collins
143 West Mountain Ave
Fort Collins, CO

Saturday, November 5th - Georgia Celebration

Friday, November 11th - Chicago Celebration
Details coming - stay tuned.

Please join us for whatever events are right for you. In order to help us plan, please email your attendance plans to Julie at Julie@juliehudetz.com. She is also available to answer any questions or help with travel planning.

Lodging in Fort Collins:

Hilton Fort Collins - They have offered us a $89/night bereavement rate. To book that rate call the hotel at 970-482-2626 and let them know that you are with the Hollis Memorial.
425 West Prospect Road
Fort Collins, CO

Best Western Call for rate ($70ish?) and tell them that you are with the Hudetz family. 970-484-2984
914 S College Avenue, Fort Collins, Colorado

Hollis Elijah Hudetz, born October 3, 1980, to parents John and Elizabeth Hudetz, passed away in the early morning hours Monday, October 24, 2011. He had spent the last two years battling Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and then Acute Myeloid Leukemia. With his unwavering spirit, Hollis fought as hard as he could, never complaining and always keeping a positive outlook. He was 31 years old.

Even as a youngster, Hollis was born to make people laugh. With a twinkle in his eye, he was a constant positive light of energy brightening anyone’s day he had the chance of encountering. Under that mischievous smile was also a very sensitive soul. Hollis was a very compassionate person, holding a special place in his heart, not only for friends, family or even strangers, but also for animals. If he could have, Hollis would have rescued every hurt or homeless animal in the world and given them a loving home.

As Hollis moved into his teenage years, he began developing his artistic abilities. He was an avid artist, and was able to tap into his comedic mind while writing and illustrating comic book strips for his school newspaper. Along with his artistic talents, he also dove head first into his love of singing. Soloing Kermit the Frog’s, “It’s Not Easy Being Green” with his 9th grade choir, he solidified his love of being an entertainer. In his senior year of high school, he was a member of the 5-piece male acappella group, Out of Style.

Following high school, Hollis served in the United States Marine Corps for 8 years. While enlisted, he spent time in California, Louisiana, Washington D.C. and Japan. Excelling in the military, Hollis received numerous accolades and was constantly promoted, finishing his enlistment as a Platoon Sergeant and System Administrator. He was an excellent shot on the gun range and was a sharp-shooter, able to hit targets over 100 yards away.

Upon completing his enlistment, Hollis eventually returned home to Colorado, taking a job with NORAD in Colorado Springs. Hollis enjoyed his final years of life off-roading with his Jeep in the Colorado mountains, camping at the sand dunes and spending lots of quality time with family.

Recently engaged, Hollis looked forward to spending his future with the love of his life, Crystal Sziklas. Hollis is survived by his parents, John and Elizabeth, his five siblings, Julie, Jennifer, Kevin, Previn and Aria, and his fiancee, Crystal. Hollis’ presence, his fighting spirit and unconditional love will be missed every day.

Respects can be paid at Hollis’s wake, Monday October31, from 6-9 pm at Bohlender Funeral Chapel , located at 121 W Olive Street in Fort Collins, Colorado. The funeral will be held the following day, November 1 at Bohlender Funeral Chapel as well. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the World Wildlife Fund, Children International or Starlight Children's Foundation.

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Guest Book (30 entries)
I met Hollis (or Hudetz as I knew him) in 1999 during boot camp. We quickly became friends and I can say his sense of humor helped get me through alot. Semper Fi Hudetz!
John Reynolds (Marine)
May 19th, 2016
I met Hollis (or Hudetz as I knew him) in 1999 during boot camp. We quickly became friends and I can say his sense of humor helped get me through alot. Semper Fi Hudetz!
John Reynolds (Marine)
May 19th, 2016
My dearest Elizabeth,
I just found this and my heart breaks for you. Please know that with all the years that have passed, I still think of you often. I know Hollis was a gift from God and you will have him in your arms, again, one day. My love and prayers are sent your way.
Jan Averette-O'Meara (Friend)
May 9th, 2013
For 13 years you made me laugh. I will miss you greatly friend. Wherever you are, I know you are bringing light, love and humor.
Cassandra Damron (Friend)
December 15th, 2012
Hollis, I never met you, but I saw you perform with your fabulous mom. Watch over her! I know she misses you.
Barbara Rose (Friend of Hollis' Mom's )
January 2nd, 2012
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"Hollis touched everyone he met. His spirit was amazing. I am fortunate to have known him for the short time that I did. I some how missed the news of your passing. I hope you are in a better place, Hollis! You are missed!"
Denay Peake
October 3rd, 2012
"Hollis. I never met you. I met your sister Julie on a random afternoon outside of Aspen. The presence of grace and glee that she and Dale possesed were other-worldly. You. I'm. Sure. Are the same. Peace man. :)"
Chris Gessner
November 20th, 2011
"Although we never met Hollis, he inspired us still with his courage and ability to face his battle with grace and humor. Our prayers are with Jennifer, Holly, and family. The Prohaska Family"
Bronwyn Prohaska
November 7th, 2011
"Thank you, Jennifer, for sharing Hollis with us and thank you, Hollis, for bringing more prayer into our home."
Krista Rugani
November 7th, 2011
"Hollis, although we never met, you touched my heart. Rest in peace. My heart goes out to your family and fiance. All my love"
Casey Ciaccia
November 6th, 2011
"Hollis will be in our thoughts, prayers, along with the entire Hudetz family. God Bless--Tony, Grace, Ashley, Allie & Anthony"
Tony & Grace Smyth
November 2nd, 2011
"<3 Peace."
Kellie Rainey-Campbell
October 31st, 2011
"Your unforgettable eyes and everlasting smile...."
Quinn Wicsmileken
October 29th, 2011
"Hollis lived his life with Grace and Style. Always had a smile and a twinkle in his eye. I will always cherish listening to you play the piano and our world problem solving discussions on the Pentagon. Thanks for letting me be your Aunt."
Carrie Hudetz
October 29th, 2011
"Hollis you will be missed by many and loved always by everyone that you came acrossed. You taught so many people about life and love with your very courageous battle. I will carry your memory and your lesson with me forever. We love you."
Elizabeth Lybarger
October 29th, 2011


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