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El Dorado County veteran dies two months after home invasion

A 91-year-old man who was attacked and held hostage during a New Year’s Eve home invasion in El Dorado County has died.

Gerald Holderman died Saturday at a hospice care facility in Placerville, said his daughter, Linda Mussetter. She said her father never recovered from the injuries suffered in the attack and had remained hospitalized.

Holderman and his wife, 80-year-old Faye Holderman, were found the morning of Dec. 31 with serious injuries at their home on Arlette Lane in Diamond Springs. El Dorado County sheriff’s officials said the department received a 911 call at 8:43 a.m. from Faye Holderman, who said she and her husband had been held hostage since before midnight. She said they were both injured and couldn’t get up.

When deputies arrived, they found that Gerald Holderman had been shot and his wife severely beaten.

Sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Tom Murdoch said Monday that no arrests have been made in the case. He said the investigation is continuing and the case is a high priority for the department. Following an autopsy, he said, it will be up to the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office to determine what charges would be faced by the person or people responsible for the attack.

Mussetter described her father as a man dedicated to God, his family, his community and his church. “His hobbies, all that he did was for his community,” she said.

Gerald Holderman was born May 23, 1923, in Seney, Mich. A Marine, he was a gunner in a Douglas SBD dive bomber, flying off the USS Vella Gulf during World War II. In 1945, he was in the first wave providing air support to Gen. Douglas MacArthur for the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay, Mussetter said.

After the war, she said, her father went first to Santa Barbara and then to Sacramento, where he met her mother. The couple celebrated their 60th anniversary in December.

Holderman became a truck driver for a firm in the Bay Area, for many years driving trucks under contract with the U.S. Postal Service. In what amounted to a mobile workstation, workers sorted mail in the back of the truck, she said.

The couple retired 20 years ago to Diamond Springs.

Mussetter said her father was active in the Lions Club and the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Placerville. His volunteer activities included conducting vision screening for underprivileged children at schools and working with the Senior Center delivering food to seniors who were homebound.

Holderman also was active in Cold Springs Community Church. “If the church needed painting, he was there to paint it, and if the lawn needed mowing, he was there to mow it,” Mussetter said.

She said her father was in frail health prior to the December attack and was not able to get around on his own.

Gerald Holderman is survived by his wife, Faye, of Diamond Springs; daughter, Linda Mussetter of El Sobrante; and sons John Holderman of Sacramento and Gerald Holderman Jr. of Cameron Park.

Services are scheduled at 11 a.m. March 16 at Cold Springs Community Church, 2600 Cold Springs Road, Placerville. A military burial will follow at 3 p.m. at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Road, Dixon.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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