Hollis K. Eastep

March 12, 1941 ‒ November 29, 2017

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Hollis K. Eastep, age 76, of Mt Gilead, broke these bonds of earth on November 29, 2017 and entered the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ for his final judgement.

Hollis was born March 12, 1941, in Cumberland County, Tennessee to the late Samuel E. and Marie C. (Hodge) Eastep.

Hollis graduated from Cardington High School in 1959. He completed the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy in 1976.

At age 29, he joined the Crestline Police Department Auxiliary. He served thirty-six years in law enforcement including full and part time as well as a volunteer with the Cardington Police and Morrow County Sheriff’s Office.  Of this profession he always said, “To gain respect, you must give respect.” This paid off for him many times over.

Hollis worked at North Electric in Galion, Pittsburgh Plate Glass, Cooper Bessemer in Mount Vernon, and H.P.M. until it closed.

He was the fourth of ten children and was preceded in death by sisters: Joanne Eastep, Barbara Seitz, Sue Seitz, Brenda Davis, and Dixie Ingles; brothers: James, Terrence and Samuel  Eastep; and his beloved K-9, Cujo.

He is survived by his loving wife, Pamela Eastep of Mt Gilead; daughter, Carmen Eastep of Cardington, step children; Rob (Kellie) Howard of Marengo, Jill Bringle (Craig Jones) of Mt. Gilead, Tonya Keckler (Kirk Nichols) of Cardington; five grandchildren: Alisa (Chris) Smith of Galion, Brooke (Sunney, Jr) Murphy of Mt Gilead, Katie Keckler  (Adam Reed,  Jr) of Mt. Gilead, Mallory Bringle of Mt. Gilead, Kiley Keckler of Cardington; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Bruce (Sondra) Eastep of Mt. Gilead; and his K-9 companion, Chico.

Per Hollis’ wishes, a private family service will be held at a later date in Glendale Cemetery.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Morrow County Dog Shelter. (80 N. Walnut St., Suite A., Mt. Gilead, Ohio 43338)

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to serve Hollis’ family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • Pam and Family, I am so sorry to hear of the lose of Hollis. He was a fine man and will be greatly missed by many.

  • I saw the news today and am very sorry. Hollis was one of the finest people that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Each and every person that ever had contact with him is a better person today because of Hollis.
    I am truly sorry!
    Chris Sherbourne and Family

  • Pam and Family,I heard the news of Hollis’s passing today and was flooded with memories of our 30 some years of friendship.We worked at HPM together for years and worked the roads together in the Special Deputies.The morning of 911 was spent in his garage watching it unfold on TV. I hope good memories and time will help ease your pain at this time. So sorry for your lose. Mike Beam and family

  • Dear Pam: I was saddened today to read of Hollis’ passing. I pray for your strength and peace at this difficult time.

  • Pam & Family,

    So sorry to hear of the loss of Hollis, Our prayers of peace & comfort in the days ahead. Tim & Herb Hoffman

  • We are so sorry for your loss, Pam and family. Our prayers for comfort for you all during these next days ahead.

  • My heart is saddened to hear of Hollis passing. I will always remember his sweet smile and jovial spirit. My thoughts are with all of the family during this time of sorrow.

  • Pam and family , so sorry for your loss. I know how hard it’s been on all of you. Take one day at a time, cherish the memories. Hugs

  • My Bruce will be missed my ole fishing brother(Love Hollis and Pan many years(love with my heart,soul,and heart(AMEN)GOD be with all,LOVE!!!!!!! BDE

  • Pam and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear about Hollis. I worked with him (and Rob) at Cardington. Hollis was a great police officer and he was very dedicated to his job. Hollis was a wonderful human being. He cared about people and was always eager and ready to help others. He will truly be missed. Prayers go out to you and your family.

  • Pam, Carmen
    Sorry to hear of Hollis` s passing. I was apart of the Eastep family many years ago living with Sam and Marie. The whole family treated myself and my seblings like family. Worked with Hollis at HPM years later. Was one of the best guys I have ever known. God bless you all during this time of grief.

  • Pam,
    So sorry for your loss. I worked w/you & Hollis at the Sheriff’s Dept. in the early 80’s.
    He was a good man and will be dearly missed by all who knew him. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Judy (Rogers) DeIuliis
    Mt. Vernon

  • To Hollis’ s family, So sorry to hear of your loss! My dealings with him had to do with animals. He and I shared the love of them, for sure! He was a good man with a good heart!

  • Pam and Family,

    Hollis was one of the best people to learn from as a young officer who didn’t know his head from a hole in the ground. Thank you Hollis for being blunt when I needed it and showing me that one person can make a difference! I’ll never forget our “cruiser talks”. I will always remember to treat others as I would wanted to be treated. Most importantly, thank you for being a friend.

  • Carmen, so sorry to hear of your loss. I have some good memories of your Dad. He was a great person.

  • Pam, I just read online about your husband’s passing, and was sorry to have to learn about it this way. He seemed like a really nice person the couple of times that I had spoken to him. I happened to be searching for another and discovered Hollis’s obituary. Please accept my condolences at this time. If you would like a home for your two cats, if you still have them, I will find a place for them in my home. Just let me know.