Charles David "Dave" Holtzman, 64, Neodesha, Kansas, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015, at Via Christi Hospital in Wichita, Kansas.
A celebration of life service is planned for 1 p.m. Thursday, May 28, 2015, at the Loran Fawcett Chapel, Neodesha.
Dave was born Aug. 29, 1950, in Chanute, Kansas, to Charles Roger and Irene Myrtle (Dannels) Holtzman.
He graduated from Thayer High School in 1968, before attending college and later working as a Journeyman plumber and pipefitter. He was part of the construction crew that helped build the Wolf Creek nuclear power plant at Burlington, Kansas.
Dave was united in marriage to Karla Diane Jeffers May 29, 1976, in Chanute. They made their home in Chanute, Burlington and New Strawn before moving to Neodesha in 1986, when Dave and Karla took ownership of Neodesha Auto Supply.
Dave loved working on and driving hot rod cars, as well as bowling and playing baseball in his younger years. He also enjoyed watching KU basketball, Kansas City Chiefs football, the Kansas City Royals and NASCAR. Dave was known for assisting customers with complicated challenges at the auto parts store, retelling jokes he heard or read, and maintaining his "football field" lawn at home, but most of all he loved spending time with his family - boating at Elk City Lake, treating them to dinner in Kansas City, setting off fireworks, playing cards or just talking and telling stories.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; two daughters, Cassandra Felts and husband, Tommy, Gardner, Kansas, and Karina Holtzman, Overland Park, Kansas; his mother, Irene Woolery, Neodesha; two brothers, Dale Holtzman and wife, Vicki, Altoona, Kansas, and Gary Holtzman and wife, Pat, Topeka, Kansas; one sister, Toni Ehrhardt, Austin, Texas; one granddaughter, Cleo Felts, Gardner; a special nephew, Scot Jeffers, Burlington, who lived with Dave and Karla from the age of 15; and numerous other nieces, nephews and close family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father; and step-father, Herschel Woolery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Children's Miracle Network or a charity of the donor's choice.