Dr. David R. Holwager

Born: Mon., Oct. 26, 1953
Died: Fri., Sep. 6, 2019


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Sep. 13, 2019
Location: Waskom Capitol Hill Chapel

Funeral Mass

Sat., Sep. 14, 2019

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David “Doc” Richard Holwager, DDS, passed away Friday, September 6th at the age of 65. David was born October 26, 1953 in Marion County, Indiana to Joe and Jean (Jontz) Holwager. He graduated from Indiana University in 1976 and went on to graduate, with honors, from the IU School of Dentistry in 1982. David then settled in Cambridge City, Indiana, where he ran a successful dental practice for over 35 years.

David was involved in several organizations throughout his life. He was a member of the ADA, IDA, IDPAC, Eastern Dental Association, International College of Dentistry, Cambridge Lodge #5 F & AM, New Day Kiwanis, Knights of Columbus, Civil War reenactor’s unit 44th TN Co. K, St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish, the Cambridge City Chamber of Commerce, and many many others. David was a proud Mason and strong political advocate of the dental community. His passion for and commitment to serving his community lead to the receipt of numerous awards, including the Sagamore of the Wabash.

When not helping at the Lodge or working on dental legislation, David could be found spending time with his family and clowning around with his friends. David took pride in his yard work, his annual Christmas light displays, and describing that one ‘really big’ fish that got away.

David was a caring husband, a loving and proud father, an avid IU fan, a devoted member of this community, and a true disciple of God. He will be missed more than words could ever describe.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Elaine M. Holwager, and 2 daughters, Mary Jean and Andrea.

A funeral Mass will be at 11:00 am on Saturday, September 14th at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Cambridge City. Friends may call at Waskom Capitol Hill Chapel from 4:00 until 8:00 pm on Friday, September 13th where there will be Masonic Services at 7:45.


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Pam Carpenter
   Posted Wed September 11, 2019
Elaine, Mary Jean and Andrea,
My prayers are with each of you with your loss. I'm so sorry to hear of David's passing. He was a great man and dentist.

Suzanne (Gordon) Moyer
   Posted Wed September 11, 2019
Mary Jean & Andrea,

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. I will always remember him as being such a fun, life-loving man who would do anything for his family. I will keep praying for strength for your family for the days ahead. Love, Suzanne

Nancy Jones
   Posted Wed September 11, 2019
Elaine, You and your daughters have my deepest sympathy on the sudden passing of your husband David. My condolences and love to all of you! Take care!

Your Cousin,

Nancy Jones

Rob & Claire Williams
   Posted Wed September 11, 2019
The world is not as bright without Dave in it. We will miss our friend, mentor, and one of the nicest people we've ever met.

Rob & Claire Williams

Robert Williams
   Posted Wed September 11, 2019

THE COLOR OF MEMORIES TABLE ARRANGEMENT was sent by Eastern Indiana Dental Society.

Eastern Indiana Dental Society has lost its heart.

Terri Ewigleben
   Posted Wed September 11, 2019
Elaine, Tom and I are saddened to hear of David’s passing. We pray you feel God’s presence and love during this time. Blessings to you and your girls.

Scottish Country Dancers of Greater Bloomington
   Posted Thu September 12, 2019
Mary Jean, Andrea, Mrs. Holwager, Alex and family: You are in our thoughts and prayers. Although most of us did not have the pleasure of knowing David, we felt his joyous spirit and love of life in Mary Jean's smile and enthusiasm for dancing and music. His compassion for others is realized through the caring work Mary Jean and Andrea undertake with the people and animals in their communities every day!

Steven Hollar
   Posted Thu September 12, 2019


Paul and Theresa Whitton
   Posted Fri September 13, 2019
Elaine, Mary Jean and Andrea,
We are sorry to hear of David’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Marc and Beth Smith
   Posted Fri September 13, 2019
Please accept our deepest regrets for the loss of Dave.
He and I worked together on many dental projects over the years and his passing leaves a hollow place in my heart. The world and Dentistry are better today for his dedication and commitment to all the good that he accomplished.

David Ewigleben
   Posted Fri September 13, 2019
From my family to yours...our greatest sympathies and prayers.

Mark & Dot Schlegel
   Posted Mon September 16, 2019
We were sad and shocked to hear about David’s passing. He was a great dentist and a compassionate caring person. He spoke fondly of his family and loved his yard. He will so be missed by all whose lives he touched. Sincere condolences.

Amy Blann
   Posted Wed October 16, 2019
So sorry for your loss. Prayers. Take care.