OBITUARY

Karl William Holz

June 8, 1947January 4, 2019
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A memorial service for Karl William Holz, 71, of Murchison, will be held 2 pm Saturday, January 19, 2019, at the Eubank Funeral Home in Canton. Inurnment will be in Haven of Memories.

Mr. Holz passed away January 4, 2019 at his home. He was born June 8, 1947 in Youngstown, Ohio to Theodore Mausard Holz, II and Margaret Janet Beach Holz.

Mr. Holz was a Christian by faith. He was born in Youngstown, but grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. Karl served in the US Navy and was honorably discharged on Feb. 28, 1973. He earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida. Karl moved to the Dallas area and was able to travel the United States and the world during his career. He was known for his talent with repairing machines and equipment. His favorite quote was, "Jack of all trades; master of none. It's by the grace of God, I get anything done." He was a prankster and a jokester.

Mr. Holz is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Ted. Karl is survived by his wife of 39 years, Donna Louise Holz of Murchison; three children and their spouses: Sarah Elizabeth Holz-Douglas and David of Murchison, Naomi Ruth Holz-Sommers and Christopher of Wylie, and Karl David Holz and Christine of Portland, Oregon; five grandchildren: Hanna Holz, Ethan Douglas, Shana Douglas, Kiley Douglas and Cyprien Sommers; two brothers: Edward Charles Holz and Stephen Albert Holz; and a sister, Kathryn Alice Holz-Mimms.

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  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 19, 2019
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Biography

      Karl William Holz was a modest man, quiet and observant in his ways. He was trustworthy and traditional in his approach to his life and in his relationships. He was tough-minded with the kind of “stick to it” attitude that earned the respect of all who knew him. He was also a man who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything he undertook. Realistic about life, he was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.

       His parents were Theodore Mausard Holz II and Marguerite Janet Beach. Karl was raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve him well throughout his life.

      Growing up in the Holz household was a bit different than most homes. There were good times to be had, but just as often there was a fair share of challenges as well. However, Karl was able to work through the usual family problems when they appeared, and he was the one person in the family who seemed able to keep the stress at bay. Karl was raised with four siblings. Theodore Mausard Holz III, Edward Charles Holz, Stephen Albert Holz and Katherine Alice Holz-Mimms. Karl was constantly involved in activities with his brothers and sisters. Karl and his siblings may have had the typical rivalries while growing up but Karl was always consistently loyal to his family.

      As a young child, Karl was never someone who needed to be the center of attention. He wasn’t pushy and never forced his way into games or other activities. Karl developed a variety of interests, though, and the things he enjoyed doing he did well. He was always curious about the world around him and was often eager to explore it. Karl's favorite pastimes as a child were playing jokes and pranks on family and friends. He was a Boy Scout and obtained Eagle Scout status. His hobbies when he was a child consisted of taking things apart then trying to figure out how to put them back together, cars, erector set building machines. Karl's memorable achievements included getting the radio to pick up the classical music station for his mom, singing in the boys choir, paper route to help his parents out, entering science fairs. However, what Karl enjoyed most was simply playing and spending time with his many friends.

      While his teachers and even his friends generally thought of Karl as being a serious person, he managed to have a pretty good time in high school as he made that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. He graduated from South Cobb High in 1968. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was a toss up with science and choir. Holding first chair in band with the clarinet, playing Will in Oklahoma. Karl was a very logical person who enjoyed learning about factual information. Using his exceptional memory, he was able to learn much through observation. Karl always seemed to have a command of the facts and was able to make it seem as though he could easily master any problem that might be presented to him.

      College life brought with it a new set of challenges, but Karl handled them well. Being a critical thinker who always remained intellectually independent, Karl was able to focus on the task at hand in order to complete his class work. He seemed to thrive on college reading assignments, something that often bogged down his classmates. Karl was able to read the material and retain the information in a way that impressed his fellow classmates. The ability to efficiently complete the task at hand was a skill that served Karl well during his college experience. He earned his Bachelors Degree in Psychology from The University of South Florida. His favorite courses were chemistry, choir. His favorite professor was Willy Waters. He was trained for Opera, was on the sailing and rowing team, Lab. Experiments.

      Always considered to be a solid friend, Karl was fortunate to have numerous acquaintances and several very close friends during his life. Since he disliked making generalizations about people and preferred to draw his own conclusions based on direct observation, Karl was able to see beneath the surface of relationships and became a true friend to those who knew him. He was committed to his friends and valued the trust he placed in them. It was not uncommon for Karl to go beyond the call of duty for others, and friends frequently sought him out for advice because he had a knack for coming up with practical solutions to any type of dilemma. While growing up, some of his best friends were Larry Owen and his siblings. Later in life, he became friends with Larry Owen, Alan Kane,Chris Robinson, Carl Brown and Jim OsieVonKerns.

      On September 29, 1979 Karl exchanged wedding vows with Donna Louise Chambers at the Back yard of the home of LaVerne and Carl Brown of Richardson, Texas. Compassionate and devoted to Donna, Karl held endearing, traditional values about marriage and family life. He took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it his total commitment. He was a source of strength to Donna and using his gifts at nurturing one-on-one relationships, he worked hard to make his new family happy.

      Karl brought the same traditional values in his marriage to bear on how he raised his children. He was a good parent to them, always firm yet fair in his dealings. He would always listen carefully and think things through before he acted, even when it was an adverse situation. Karl was also a walking schedule, always seeming to know what everyone in the family needed to do, where they needed to be and when they needed to be there. Karl was blessed with three children, One son, Karl David Holz and two daughters, Sarah Elizabeth Holz-Douglas and Naomi Ruth Holz-Sommers. They were also blessed with five grandchildren, Hannah Holz, Ethan Douglas, Shana Douglas, Kiley Douglas and Cyprien Sommers.

      Karl greatly enjoyed what he did for a living. He was a hard worker who expected the same in return from his co-workers. He was skilled at working effectively in small groups and in one-on-one situations as well as handling solo assignments efficiently. Karl enjoyed dealing with concrete ideas and could penetrate any amount of fuzzy information to reach the essential facts. Always able to attend to the task at hand, Karl was excellent at meeting deadlines. He was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. He was an electrical and industrial Engineer. A problem solver and an inventor. He was employed for Teepak Meat Packaging, Kraft General Foods, Music Hall Fair Park, Majestic Theater, Intel N. M., American Electric Power, CHS Oil Seed Processing and Prime Controls. Karl worked hard to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Karl was a Navy veteran. He was in the Navy from 1969 to 1972 on the USS Trenton as a Radio Man. Karl saw action for the Vietnam era. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of ECC Radioman with the requirements for Petty Officer. He received praise for his valor, including being awarded Top Security Clearance. A literal thinker who possessed a calm exterior, Karl seemed to enjoy the routines set forth by the military. His results-oriented approach to things made him committed to the job, and he understood well his role in serving his country.

      Karl liked to experience things first-hand as well as learn about them. This trait carried over into his hobbies, where he was very methodical in how he organized his activities and categorized things. Since he enjoyed his private time, Karl always tried to allocate a specific time for working on his hobbies. His favorite pursuits were Singing, fixing things, working on the cars with his daughter Naomi, computers with his daughter Beth, and science and engineering with his son David. Karl was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Karl found pleasure in sports. Being a person who was comfortable making win/lose decisions throughout life, he could appreciate that athletes made those types of decisions in sports. He applauded those who won, and he enjoyed the statistical data and sports facts and could find himself wrapped up in those details. In high school, Karl tried out for football but did not make the team went into Band and Choir instead. In his college years, Karl continued to stay active by joining the rowing and sailing teams. Recreational sports included Tennis. He would watch his favorite sporting events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were whatever was on when he was ready for sports.

      Many organizations were grateful to have Karl as a member, since he always brought with him a “stick to it” attitude and a high degree of common sense. Using straightforward methods to successfully complete the job, Karl was a great planner who was incredibly well organized. It seemed that he was able to schedule any event or activity with ease. He always seemed to know exactly what needed to be done. In high school, Karl was a member of the honor society, chemistry and Spanish. In college, Karl joined the Rowing and Sailing teams, Choir, Chemistry Lab. Throughout his later years, Karl was an active member of the Christian Men's Fellowship, Promise Keepers Choirs and Barbershop Quartets.

      As a man who always showed great commitment to the things he believed in, it’s little wonder that Karl was so active in his community. Being practical and mentally disciplined, Karl preferred to base his decisions on first-hand experiences. Karl was never afraid to roll up his sleeves and dig right in. Karl was a member of several community groups, including serving on committees for the board member for the community of Rancho West Estates and Hickory Hills. Politically, Karl was Conservative and a member of our local Tea Party.

      Karl was a man who was dedicated and devoted to his faith. He was a member if Austell Presb. Church Ferguson Road Assemblies of God Church, Water of Life Church, Mableton Interdenominational Church and Church on the Move. During that time, he was in the choir, Elder, Lay minister with the Sunday night fellowship, door keeper. He was a sympathetic man who valued his beliefs and was willing to work tirelessly for them.

      Karl sought out practical solutions, not individual recognition. He was always grounded and objective, feeling a strong sense of responsibility for taking care of what needed to be done. This selfless attitude earned Karl many accolades for his efforts and achievements. Some of his most prestigious awards included inventing parts for machinery and saving the company approximately 3 mil. Receiving an award, write up in the magazine associated with the company, and a small stipend.

      Karl enjoyed traveling and taking vacations. Since he was an early starter and had a knack for planning everything, traveling with Karl appeared effortless. He enjoyed researching all of his examined options and applying cost-effective planning techniques. Plus, no matter where he traveled, Karl always had a back up plan at the ready, just in case. Favorite vacations included Portland, Or., Tampa, Fl. Galveston, Tx., Italy.

      Karl was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Karl’s favorites was Ternura, a mixed breed of coyote and pit bull. They were best friends for 14 years. His family was rounded out by his several dogs, some fish, and the last little dog named Sally.

      When Karl’s retirement finally arrived in 2013, he was well prepared. He always trusted and placed value in what was logical and in the things he knew, so he was very confident in planning his retirement. He had begun the process early and had his retirement all laid out well in advance. His new life involved relocating to back to Texas due to an accident to receive treatment. In retirement, he was in several facilities for rehabilitation, being a case study for his Neurologist, living a quiet life in his home. Even in retirement, Karl continued to stay in touch with his old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. He was active in his new community and felt fulfilled.

      Karl William Holz passed away on January 4, 2019 at At his home in Murchison, Texas. Karl battled against hydrocephalus and non clinical seizures brought on by a work accident five and half years ago. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Donna Holz, three children, David Holz, Sarah Douglas and Naomi Sommers and 5 grandchildren. Services were held at Eubank Funeral Home, in Canton, Tx. Karl was laid to rest in Eubank Cemetery in Canton, Tx.

      Commitment is a key word that can be used to describe the life of Karl William Holz. He was committed to living the life of a good man who was both practical and trustworthy. He was committed to the traditional values that he upheld his entire life. He committed himself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from those around him. Most of all, he was committed to those he knew and loved.