Robert Allan Holleman, 23, of Woodbridge, a yard engineer at the Washington Terminal Co., was killed Oct. 19 in a traffic accident on Shirley Highway about a mile south of Springfield.

His wife, Cheryl, was critically injured in the crash and is in Alexandria Hospital.

A Virginia State Police spokesman said a van, driven by Mr. Holleman, struck a truck which had broken down in the right-hand lane of the highway. A family spokesman said the young couple was returning home from a trip to Pennsylvania, where Mr. Holleman had played a game as a linebacker with a semipro football team, the Frederick (Md.) Falcons. He was a regular member of the team.

Born in Washington, Mr. Holleman grew up in Franconia. He joined the Washington Terminal Co. in 1975 after graduation from Edison High School. wHe was a member of the United Transportation Union. He belonged to the Alexandria Chapter of the DeMolay.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his mother, Orla B. Holleman of Laporte, Minn.; his father and stepmother, R. Bruce and Joan A. Holleman of Washington; a sister, Carol, and two brothers, Gary and Michael, all of Laporte; a half-sister, Abigail Holleman of Washington; a stepbrother, Robert Doviak, and two stepsisters, Catherine and Elizabeth Doviak, all of Washington, and his grandmothers, Lee Holleman of Washington, and Lillian Boyd, of Laporte.