News and Tribune

October 17, 2013

David Burton Holobaugh 70; Floyds Knobs

— Funeral services for David Burton Holobaugh, 70, Floyds Knobs, will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21, at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, 2100 U.S. 150, Floyds Knobs, with burial and military honors to follow at Hillcrest Cemetery, Floyds Knobs. He died Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013.

He was born Oct. 25, 1942, in Tampa, Fla., to the late David B., Sr., and Margaret (Holloway) Holobaugh.  

He was a decorated Vietnam veteran of the U.S. Army and received such honors as the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device 60, Air Medal with 34 Oak Leaf Clusters, a Ranger Tab, and Army Aviator Badge for his service during the war. He was a U.S. Army pilot and Ranger who selflessly volunteered to serve in Vietnam after graduating from Rose Polytechnic Institute where he was involved in ROTC. He was a member of Dayspring Emmaus Community of Southern Indiana, Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Floyds Knobs and Mount Olivet United Methodist Church in Manteo, N.C.  

He founded general contracting company, David Engineering and Construction, Inc., in 1979 and was voted the 1990 Entrepreneur of the Year in Louisville. He was an active University of Louisville sports fan and donor to the U of L Athletic Department. He gained much joy from attending the games and rooting for the athletes and teams. David was an avid fisherman and traveled the world on fishing expeditions with friends and family throughout his life. Deep-sea fishing from his own fishing boat was one of his many passions. He was devoted to his family, particularly his wife, Sandy, and grandchildren, Lindsay and David, and his many nieces and nephews.  

Survivors include his loving wife of 49 years, Sandra K. Holobaugh; son, David Burton Holobaugh III and wife Kim; daughter, Kellie D. Holobaugh; grandchildren, Lindsay Marie Holobaugh and David Burton Holobaugh IV; sister, Bernadette Karnhem; and brother, Dwight Holobaugh.  

He was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Jeffrey Todd Holobaugh.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to “Have-A-Heart” Foundation (3900 Kresge Way, Suite 60, Louisville, KY, 40207). To leave a special message for the family, visit