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David I. Holland, Maj. USAF (Ret), born in 1928 in Holland, Minn., died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, at home, at the age of 88.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lillian O'tilda Eggensperger and Ambrose Holland; his brother, "Amby"; his sister, Inez Marie "Holly"; and brother Jim.
He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Barbara; his niece, Sue Sandell of Burnsville, Minn., and her family; nephew, Jim Kroegar and wife Sue of Eagan, Minn., and their family; and nephew Steve Kroeger and wife Julie of Bloomington, Minn., and their family.
After service in the Marine Corps, David joined the U.S. Air Force in 1950 and spent a tour of foreign duty in Japan and entered pilot training as an aviation cadet in 1954 (Class 56-F). He received his wings and commission at Bryan Air Force Base, Texas, in 1955, graduating one of the top ten of his class. During his career in the Air Force, David had assignments at Greenville AFB, Miss.; Bainbridge AB, Ga.; Laredo AFB, Texas; Shaw AFB, S.C.; Toul-Rosieres AB, France; and during the Vietnam War, at Ton Son Nhut, Vietnam and Takhli, Thailand. During his U.S. Air Force career, David earned the Air Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster and was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal. He retired after 21 years of military service in 1970.
In 1999, David and Barbara moved from San Antonio to Caddo Mills, to be near her family. During these past years, Barbara's family had become David's family too.
Visitation for friends and family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 2, at Lynch Funeral Home, Caddo Mills. Graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 3, at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery. Please visit www.lynchfuneralservice.com to leave online condolences.
Published on January 31, 2017
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