David F. Holder, 96, of Hudson


Obit David F. HolderHudson – David F. Holder was born Dec. 20, 1919. He grew up in and around Hudson and attended Hudson High School. David worked in the family milk business and married Barbara Beach on June 6, 1940.

David was inducted into the Army in April 1943. He served with the 3rd Infantry Division during the Anzio Invasion and served as a heavy machine gunner throughout the European Theater of War. He was honorably discharged from the Army in October 1945, and was awarded the Silver Star and two Purple Hearts with an oak leaf cluster.

He joined the Knight Fuel Company in Hudson and remained there for many years until retiring at 67 years young.

His first wife Barbara passed away Feb. 5, 1954. David was remarried to Harriet Dacey on May 2, 1959 until she passed away in 1993.

David was a member of the United States Army Society of the Third Infantry Division. He was a Master Mason for 60 years at the Brethren Lodge AF&AM located in Marlborough. In his spare time, David enjoyed camping, hiking and fishing. He worked at the Berlin Fishing Derby for many years.

He is survived by his son, Donald of New Britian, Conn. and his daughter Jennifer Gallagher and her husband Brian of Southborough. In addition to his children, he is survived by his grandchildren, Edward Holder and his wife Susan, John Paul Gallagher and his wife Melynda and his granddaughter Christina Gallagher. David is also survived by four great-grandchildren.

David Holder was a good man happily living the small-town life. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Family and friends may attend calling hours Friday, Aug. 26, from 4-7 p.m., at the Tighe-Hamilton Funeral Home, 50 Central St., Hudson. A private graveside service will be held in South Cemetery in Berlin.

In lieu of flowers, donations in David’s memory can be made to the American Red Cross, PO Box 37839, Boone, IA 50037-0839.

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