Longtime Juneau resident Ben E. Holganza Sr. died Jan. 19, 2002, in Bellflower, Calif., after a prolonged illness.
Born to Army Capt. Francisco and Toedora Holganza on March 28, 1923, in Barili, Cebu, Philippines, Holganza moved to Juneau in 1975. He was a member of the Philippine Scouts of the U.S. Army during World War II, was held as a prisoner of war, and was awarded two Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star, a Combat Infantry Badge and a Presidential Unit Citation in 1942. He earned a bachelor's degree in foreign service at Far Eastern University in 1950, and took a graduate study program in public administration at the University of Alaska.
He was president of the Filipino Community Inc. for two terms, a member of the United Minority Coalition, the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion Post, where he was department historian, and the Alaska State Commission on Human Rights. He also was a Judge Advocate of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 55-59.
He was preceded in death by his daughters Ana Holganza and Adriano Holganza.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Lourdes; his children: Rosalinda and Simplicio Cerna, Cebu City, Philippines; Cecille and Cecilio Garces, California; Benny and Epsy Holganza, California; Rosie and Virgilio Tagsip, Juneau; Cora and Ranillo Jayson, Everett, Wash.; Tony and Nelia Holganza, Everett, Wash.; Teddy A. Holganza, California; Jesse and Dolly Holganza, Anchorage, and Mike Holganza, California. He is also survived by 28 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
A public viewing will be Thursday and Friday, Jan. 24 and 25, at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Cypress, Calif. A mass will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the St. Bernard Catholic Church in Bellflower, Calif. Interment will follow at the Forest Lawn Cemetery.