Dennis D. Holzhauser

December 16, 1947March 31, 2019

Dennis Dewayne Holzhauser (December 16, 1947 – March 31, 2019)

Dennis Dewayne Holzhauser was born on December 16, 1947 in New Castle, Pennsylvania, and died March 31, 2019 in Little Rock, Arkansas. He is survived by his loving wife and partner of 38 years, Diana Alexander Holzhauser. He is preceded in death by his father Jacob Holzhauser and mother Ruth Bleakney Holzhauser and his aunt Shirley Houck. He is survived by his brother Gerald Holzhauser and his wife Joyce of New Castle, Pennsylvania, his niece, Jennifer Rivera and her husband Alex, and their daughter Cecilia from Commerce City, Colorado and his nephew Jacob Holzhauser and his wife Stephanie of New Castle, Pennsylvania. He is also survived by his uncle Kenneth Bleakney and his aunt Norma McClintick. He is also survived by his brother-in-law Thomas P. Alexander, Jr. and his family from Pearland, Texas, his sister-in-law Cynthia E. Alexander and her family from Austin, Texas and his sister-in-law Harriett Alexander Holmes and her family from Houston, Texas.

Dennis grew up in New Castle, Pennsylvania loving cars and all ethnic foods in that area. He graduated from Shenango High School in 1965 and received his Bachelors of Arts in 1973 from California University in California, Pennsylvania. In 1979, he moved to Little Rock to attend the World Services for the Blind where he met Diana and married in 1980. He worked for the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension for 32 years as a computer programmer until his retirement in 2014. Since his retirement, Dennis enjoyed many activities but especially cruises in the Caribbean where he was known by the ship’s crew as “Sir Dennis” with his wife “Madame Diana.”

He also enjoyed visiting with friends, classes at Life Quest of Arkansas, learning from public radio and attending musical events, especially those of the Arkansas Chamber Singers. He was an avid sports fan and his favorite teams were the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Pirates, as well the Arkansas Razorback sports teams. He was an encyclopedia of sports trivia and history. Dennis will always be remembered fondly for his sense of humor and quick wit as well as his kind and generous spirit. He was passionate about the things he loved, with his wife and family coming first.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to : The AETN Foundation, 350 South Donaghey Avenue, Conway, Arkansas 72034 Arkansas Chamber Singers, P.O. Box 21002, Little Rock, Arkansas 72221 Friends of KLRE/KUAR, 5820 Asher Avenue, Suite 400, Little Rock, Arkansas 72204

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Geoff & Sandy Reed

April 9, 2019

Jerry & Joyce,

We're sorry to read of the loss of your brother, Dennis. Cherish the memories of growing up and take comfort in knowing that you will meet again.

Our sympathy,
Geoff & Sandy Reed

Omar Abdoe

April 8, 2019

Our old buddy,”Dead-Eye”,might be gone,but never forgotten.So many memories and good times.Rest well ,my friend,and deepest sympathies to all. Omar

Pam Dupre

April 6, 2019

Dear Diana,
Words seem SO inadequate at a time like this but I do want you to know that I am praying for you as you go forward without the love of your life.
Love in Christ,
Pam Alexander Dupre

Anne Holcomb

April 3, 2019

Diana, we are so very sorry to learn of Dennis' death. Our hearts go out to you, along with prayers for peace and comfort. May shared stories, countless memories, and the love from family and friends help carry you through these difficult times, and may your love for and gift of music help soothe the jagged edges.

Much love,
Anne & David Holcomb

Roxane Tarcy

April 3, 2019

How we will miss Denny. His humor, knowledge, generosity, kindness, enjoyment of little things and willingness to try just about anything, inspired us all. Diana, we share in your sorrow, knowing that you were his loving soul mate, bringing joy and completion to his life. It is with great sadness we say "goodbye".

Bob and Roxane Tarcy, Samantha, David and Brooke Schabel, Caitlin, Brian and Jack Newell.

Bill Russell

April 3, 2019

His Name and memory will always bring a smile to my face. Wonderful sense of humor and a kind, compassionate nature. His presence always made the Cooperative Extension Service a better place to work.

Frank Piatek

April 3, 2019

It was with sadness that I learned of Denny's passing. We were both graduates of Shenango High School, class of 1965, during our formative years as adolescents just growing up. Those were good times and many memories were made. My sympathies go out to Denny's family and friends on their loss.

Bob and Jo Ann McQuade

April 3, 2019

Denise was a loving caring man always friendly and happy to be with everyone. We met him and Diana when Bob joined the Arkansas Chamber Singers. He was the type of person that never met a stranger.
We share your grief.
Our love, prayers and blessings of sympathy are with Diana and all of their families.

Bob and Jo Ann McQuade

Martha Antolik

April 2, 2019

Dear Diana:

We grieve with you in the loss of your life partner, friend, and cherished husband, Dennis. He was always ready with a quip or a joke and never took life too seriously. He adored you and loved to hear you sing. He also was so keenly intelligent and had an insatiable desire for knowledge-never letting anything define or limit him, and I was continually amazed by this. We have many shared memories with you and Dennis and will always remember and cherish them. We are thinking of you and will be in touch with you often in the days ahead.

Our deepest sympathies,

Martha and George

Chick Jones

April 2, 2019

It has been a pleasure knowing Dennis I have known him for many years. It’s so hard to believe you have been called home. My Thoughts and Prayers are with Diana and Your Family, but I will see you again. God Bless You