David G. Holl

November 23, 1943 ‒ September 23, 2021

Centerburg, Ohio

David Guthrie Holl, age 77, of Centerburg, died unexpectedly on Thursday, September 23, 2021 at Riverside Methodist Hospital.

Born November 23, 1943 in Cleveland, Ohio to the late Carl E. and Helen M. (Guthrie) Holl.  Graduate of John Marshall High School, Class of ’62, where he was Drum Major his senior year.  Graduate of Otterbein College where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Math Education.  Graduate of Ashland University where he earned his Master’s Degree in Math.  David taught math at Thomas Worthington High School, Worthington, OH from 1966 until his retirement in 1994 and at Otterbein University from 1996 until through 2006.  For many years he participated with the Worthington Field Studies.  He was an avid hunter, (a moose hangs over his living room fireplace), and fisherman as well as a gourmet cook.  In his “spare time” he tended his beehives and encouraged others in beekeeping.  Ever the perpetual student, he dazzled people with his diverse knowledge.  A member of the Hopewell United Methodist Church, his heart belonged to the people there and to our LORD.  To quote an acquaintance of David’s, “He was one of the good ones.”  Many people would echo those words.

David is survived by loving wife of 19 years, Alma J. (Gemeinhart) Holl; brother, Robert E. Holl; aunt, Lydia (Klotz) Guthrie; niece, Kelly B. (Joshua) Poole; nephew, Jason C. (Erica) Holl; great-nieces and great-nephew, Aubrey and Brooklyn Poole, Cecilia and Skyler Holl; step-daughter, Beth E. (James) Peifer; step-son, John M. Nash; step-grandchildren, Allyson (Tony) Caldwell, Chloe, Anya, Camden and Asa Peifer, Ruby, Grayson and Grant Nash; step-great-granddaughter, Lenora Caldwell.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at Hopewell United Methodist Church, 20220 Hopewell Rd., Mt. Vernon, OH 43050.  Pastor Lee Cubie officiating.  Casual attire as Dave preferred.

Contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity International, 322 West Lamar Street, Americus, Georgia 31709-3543 in David’s memory.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury in honored to serve the Holl family.  Please share a memory or condolence with David’s family on this website.

  • Alma, I’m so sorry for your loss. He was definitely one of the good ones and it was a sheer pleasure knowing him and you. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Alma, My good friend. I am surprised to find that David has gone home to be with the Lord already. I had no idea. . . but often we don’t get to know very far in advance, do we. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Mike & Correne Bratten

  • Alma, we are so sorry to hear of David’s passing. Our prayers are with you and your family at this time.
    Ken and Laurie Muller

  • We always loved when David came and judged at the Big Walnut Science Fair every February. He was gentle with the kids and very aware of their ages when he judged. He will be greatly missed.

  • What a shocker! Though we haven’t been as close as we once were, serving on the Condit Presbyterian Board of Trustees together, I’ll remember the kind and logical response David always used is solving problems that might come up, either with physical conditions of the church, or with working with its members. He’d stroke his moustache and ponder all sides before coming to a conclusion, which he’d render with a wry smile and gleam in his eye. My heart and condolences go out to you, Alma, and I’m glad we both got to know David, even in different times of our lives.

  • David Holl was very special to me. He was my teacher, mentor and dear friend. David was very funny and made math fun when I was in high school. I recently talked to him on the phone about the old days at Worthington and I am so happy I shared with him my true feelings about his great contributions he put forth in my life. As Linda Martin said in her message, he helped us with judging in our science fair year after year. I always looked forward in seeing him and getting caught up. We both loved the out of doors and I even had the usual opportunity to backpack with him at Burr Oak State Park years ago when I was a math student at Worthington high school in the 70s. I am a 34 year veteran teacher in Sunbury because of him. I use his relaxed teaching style to relate to kids as he used to do when I was in high school in his class. Rest in peace David. I am broken up by this unexpected loss. Life will be very empty without you my friend.

    Matthew Wallschlaeger

  • Mr. Holl was my 9th grade geometry teacher in 1979. He was such a great teacher. I understood everything perfectly because of his teaching.
    I went on to teach gifted math students in Worthington and I attribute much of my love of math to Mr. Holl.
    God bless you, Mr. Holl.
    Debbie Wetterauer

  • Mrs.Holl,
    I graduated from Worthington in 76. I never had Mr. Holl for math but I fondly remember the moustache and that he always had a smile for students.
    I’m very sorry for your loss and pray that your heart will heal.
    Kathy (Thomas) Roskam

  • Mr.Holl was such a wonderful teacher, and I loved being in his geometry class in 1985 when I was in 10th grade. His kind and gentle humor is what I remember. And his unique style all his own, with the mustache and western wear. He and my dad were good friends ( my dad, Phil Scott, was a school psychologist at Worthington) and I remember getting to visit his cabin, picking sweet corn and eating it right away, and taking some honey home. It’s really awesome to see how much he affected his students in such a positive way, as evidenced by these beautiful tributes. My prayers to you Mrs. Holl and all his family and friends in this sad time.

  • Dave Holl was a special man in so many ways. He always reminded me of what a truly real man should be. He was an outdoorsman, kind, smart, and had a wonderful smile. I was lucky enough to share several years together with him in the math department at Otterbein. Dave & Alma were always so nice to visit with over the Otterbein years. After Dave retired from Otterbein University we would still see him at the “PeteFest” celebrations hosted by the Sandersons. Dave made a wonderful mead to share with the many homebrews that Pete and Nancy provided. Dave brought joy to the world.

  • My heart goes out to you, dear Alma. I pray that you can feel the loving arms of Jesus carrying you through this time of mourning. Love, Janie

  • Alma, I’m so sorry to hear about your family’s loss. I wish I had the right words to say–please know that I’m thinking of you.


  • Alma,

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. I hope you and your family are comforted by memories of a life well-lived, and well-loved.

    Love to you at this difficult, sad time.


  • Alma,

    I’m so sorry to hear of Dave’s death. This is such a difficult loss. Please know that you are in my prayers as you mourn, praying that the good memories of your life together will comfort you.

    Judy Guion-Utsler

  • I am sadden by the passing of a warm and kind soul. Alma, my heart embraces you during this difficult time and I extend my deepest sympathy to you and the family.
    Alma, you and David truly shined together and are forever my friends. The passage of time, nor absence of his voice and presence, as you two are a pair, will ever change your places within my heart.

    All the best,

  • Alma, I am so sorry to hear of David’s passing. He was my math teacher at Worthington High School back in early 1970’s. I remember him fondly, especially his moustache! Turns out my daughter had David as a math professor all those many years later at Otterbein! He helped her out immensely as math was definitely not her thing!
    Hold on to the memories as they will comfort you in this loss.
    All the best

  • Dear Alma, I am so deeply sorry for the loss of your beloved David. Please know you and your family have my profound sympathy. You are in my heart.

  • Alma, please accept our deepest sympathy in this time of sorrow and loss. Dave was such a special friend for both Nancy and me and a colleague whose memory I will treasure always. He had such a gift for explaining difficult concepts so carefully and logically, and was never satisfied until you understood! We very much enjoyed Dave’s honey and swapping stories about, and sips of, homemade mead and beer. What a blessing that you found each other, for you were a perfectly matched couple who deserved the best and found it in each other. Our hearts go out to you and your family.

  • Alma,
    I had such a deep sadness when I heard about Dave’s passing! I first met him when I was in his Math class at Worthington High School in 1986. I remember his mustache and that he was so patient and kind. He also taught my sister in 1991. But, I got to know him better when I was an adult while attending Hopewell United Methodist in Mt Vernon whenever I would visit my parents. We enjoyed having him attend many of our family functions. He was always willing to help my husband with bee keeping basics. His kind and gentle teaching style was lifelong, even after he “retired” from teaching. I remember talking to Dave at church the Sunday before he passed. I regret not spending more time talking now. I hope you are comforted by your sweet memories of him and your life together. But mostly, I pray you take comfort that he is home with the Lord. Love and comfort to you and your family!
    Tim and Laurie (Lawhon) Wright

  • I am so sorry for your loss Alma!! I remember meeting David at our class reunion and

    he was such a friendly and nice man. Prayers and hugs dear friend.

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