David L. “Red” Holst

David L. “Red” Holst, age 70, of East Dubuque, IL, completed his earthly journey on August 13, 2021, at home, surrounded by his loving family.  To honor David’s life, a private family service is being held.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving David’s family.


David was born on December 14, 1950, in Davenport, IA, a son to Loren and Eleanor (Holtz) Holst.  After graduating in the Class of ’69, David joined the U.S. Army and honorably served his country during the Vietnam War.  After finishing his tour David returned back to Iowa and began his career in the roofing trades.  He eventually made his way to the Dubuque area and met the love of his life, Dianne Trautwein, and the couple has been together ever since.  David always had a smile on his face and an abundantly joyful spirit.  His laugh would light up a room and the memories of his happy-go-lucky outlook on life will continue to be an inspiration to all who knew and loved him.  Sadly, David has set down his pool cue for the very last time and only the echoes of his essence remain to hopefully soothe the difficult days ahead.  Thank you, David, for living life on such uncomplicated terms and teaching us all that each day is simply a gift from our Creator to enjoy and embrace.  May your earthly struggles now be behind you as we wait to see you again.


Those left behind to cherish the memory of David include,


his loving partner in life,

Dianne Trautwein, East Dubuque, IL;


his daughter,



his step-children,

Rebecca (Darren) Clendenen, Dubuque, IA,

Teresa Schoenfield, Dubuque, IA,

Cynthia (David) Barrett, Dubuque, IA,

Melissa (Dan) Fischer, Dubuque, IA,

Ricky Tuthill, Jr., Dubuque, IA,

and T.J. Tuthill, Dubuque, IA;


his 21 grandchildren;


his 23 great-grandchildren;


his brother,

Wayne Holst, Davenport, IA;


along with numerous extended family, friends, and neighbors.


David was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Lynda; and his brother, James.


David’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for all of their professional and compassionate care of David, and his family.


Online condolences may be shared with David’s family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com



To honor David’s life, a private family service is being held. 

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