Bill Hollister Obituary, Death – We must share the sad news with you that retired K9 Officer Bill Hollister has passed away. It is with a heavy heart that we do so. Bill was a cherished member of the crew that we had. When Bill passed away the day before yesterday, he had reached the age of 80 years old. The year 1968 marked the beginning of Bill’s employment with this organization.
In 1969, he was given the responsibility of serving on the canine squad alongside K9 Duke. He continued to work as a K9 handler for the subsequent 31 years, during which time he worked alongside his canine partners Duke, Thor, Logan, Spencer, Custody, and Roc. During this period, he worked as a K9 handler. Although Bill officially retired in the year 2000, he continued to work for our company as our head canine trainer right up until 2016.
Bill was one of the first people to sign up for membership in the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) in 1971, the same year that the organization was established. In the tri-state area, he is responsible for the training of hundreds of police canines, and at one point in his career, he served as a national judge and trainer.
In addition to being the Chief Judge at a number of different regional and national competitions, he also served as the Central Vice President of the USPCA and as the Chairman of its Ethics Committee throughout his time with the organization. Marsha, his wife of over 46 years, was also heavily interested in the field of police dogs and served as a Regional and National Scorekeeper for the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA). Marsha’s involvement in the field of police canines began shortly after the couple married.