Abe attended grade school at Loretta Catholic School. The family moved to Quinter and he graduated from Quinter High School.
After high school he worked at Boeing in Wichita until enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1951. He served 20 years in the Navy, serving in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars, retiring in 1971 as a chief ship serviceman.
He worked at Western Auto Distribution Center in Salina for 15 years, managing the outlet store. While working at Western Auto he attended night school at Marymount College, earning his bachelor of science degree in business. He managed the Dairy Queen on North Ninth and was service manager for Midwest Sewing for over 20 years, retiring in 2012.
Abe was a longtime member of Sacred Heart Cathedral, and served as Eucharistic Minister. He was a fourth-degree knight in Knights of Columbus, a member of the Fleet Reserve Association, the DAV, Retired Enlisted Association and a lifetime member of the VFW. He was known for always shaking hands with everyone he knew or met.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Pauline, of the home; children, Abbie and Mike Lamb, Becky Holzmeister (Ken), Doris and Mark Shaw, Ed and Charlotte Holzmeister, and Don Holzmeister; eight grandchildren, Andy, Angela, Dalton, Ashton and Lindsey Holzmeister, Andrea Hanslovan, Ian Shaw and Elizabeth Rodriguez; four great-grandchildren, Augustus and Ammon Hanslovan and Ramona and Maia Shaw; sister, Josephine Kuntz; and brother, Ed and Darlene Holzmeister.
Preceded in death by four brothers and their spouses, Sylvester and Genny, Arone and Joyce, Lawrence and Frances, Hubert and Elenora, and Arnold; sister, Frieda and George Waldman; and brother-in-law, Nick Kuntz.
Visitation will be from 1-8 p.m. Friday, June 14, with family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m. and rosary recitation at 7 p.m., all at Carlson-Geisendorf Funeral Home, Salina.
Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 15, at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Salina. Burial with military honors will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Salina.
Memorials: to Sacred Heart Cathedral, in care of Carlson-Geisendorf Funeral Home, 500 S. Ohio, Salina, KS 67401.