Dr. Nicholas Robert Holler, 74, of Auburn, died on Tuesday morning, June 4, at East Alabama Medical Center.
Dr. Holler loved and gave himself fully to two careers, first as a wildlife biologist and then a congregational care minister, as well as served in the United States Army. In 1973 he received a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia in the field of Zoology. He worked as a wildlife biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from 1970 to 1993, and served as Unit leader of the Alabama Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Auburn University from 1985 to 1998, as well as a professor of Zoology and Wildlife Sciences. Dr. Holler was consecrated as a Diaconal Minister in 1998 after completing his foundational course of study at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, and later transitioned to Deacon. In 1998 he was hired by Auburn United Methodist Church to implement and develop a Congregational Care Ministry. Many in the community have felt the church's love through the ministry he pioneered. He retired from his position with the church in 2009.
Dr. Holler was born in Plymouth, Indiana and preceded in death by his mother and father Margaret (Flaig) Holler and Nicholas J. Holler, as well as his siblings, Elizabeth Bryan, Edward Holler, and Lydia Walch. He leaves behind his wife, Margaret Holler, to whom he was married for thirty years; his daughters, Jeanette Culpepper and Nicole Holler-Garzon, and two son-in laws, Tim Culpepper and Luis Garzon. He also leaves a sister, Marge Stephens, two grandchildren, Courtney and Presley Culpepper, and many family members whom he dearly loved.
A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, June 8, 2013 at Auburn United Methodist Church with a visitation at the church one hour prior to the service. A visitation will also be held Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be directed to S.I.F.A.T. (Servants in Faith and Technology), Wounded Warrior Project, The Nature Conservancy, or Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve.