Ralph Lewis Holloway, 92, of Frankford, Del., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, after valiantly fighting Alzheimer’s disease for more than 15 years. Born in Selbyville, Del., he had resided in Frankford since his marriage to Eunice Holloway in 1948.
Holloway graduated from Selbyville High School, in the Class of 1943, and from Goldey-Beacom College, located in Wilmington, Del. He was a navigator sergeant on the B-24 Liberator bomber for four years during World War II. After the war, he worked locally as an enrolled agent in tax accounting, as a farmer and as a harness horseman.
Holloway’s career in public service was extraordinary, beginning when he was elected to the John M. Clayton School Board in 1966. Holloway provided guidance as the regional districts transitioned into the Indian River School District. He was a member of and an honorary fireman at the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company, Station 76, for more than 50 years.
Holloway was elected to the Frankford Town Council and as mayor during the 1970s and 1980s, as the new Frankford water plant and sewer system were planned and built. He served as the first vice president of the Delaware Standardbred Owners Association (DSOA), for more than 20 years. He was a member of Frankford United Methodist Church, a 32nd-degree Mason at the Doric Lodge No. 30 in Millville, Del., and a Shriner at the Nur Shrine Temple in New Castle, Del.
Holloway was perhaps best known as a consummate licensed standardbred harness horse breeder, owner, trainer and race driver in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey for 45 years. He owned, developed and drove many popular harness horses on the local racing circuit, including Lil’s Ace, Doctor Yorkwood, Stephen York, Neilly York, Tax Trick, Perky Lad, Off the Cuff, Cancelled, Best of Both, Pocket’s Secret, Call Me Dale and the Ocean Downs former track record holder in 1983, Convoy.
As a harness driver, he steered his way to hundreds of harness-race victories at Ocean Downs, Georgetown Raceway, Rosecroft, Freestate, Harrington, Dover Downs, Brandywine and Liberty Bell Park.
Holloway was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 65 years, Eunice P. Holloway, in 2014. He is survived by his son, John Holloway, a brother, William Donald Holloway of Selbyville, and six nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was scheduled for June 13, 2018, at Melson Funeral Services in Frankford, Del., with interment at Union Cemetery in Georgetown, Del. The family suggested flowers or memorial donations to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America; 1250 24th St. NW; Washington, DC 20037 or at www.alzfdn.org. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.