Born in Baltimore, he was the son of Jacob Holtzman, a maker of straw and felt hats, and Matilda Holtzman, a homemaker. He grew up in West Baltimore on Bentalou Street and played at Easterwood Park. Family members said he played softball, baseball, basketball, tennis, and ran track and swam. In later life, he attended reunions of friends from Easterwood Park.
He attended City College and worked at the Glenn L. Martin aircraft plant in Middle River. He served in the Navy as a Seabee in World War II. Assigned to the South Pacific, he was stationed in the New Hebrides — now Vanuatu — and fought at the battle of Peleliu. He later participated in numerous Seabee reunions.
He became a Social Security analyst and worked at administration headquarters in Woodlawn until he retired nearly 30 years ago.
Mr. Holtzman enjoyed recordings of Broadway music and 1940s jazz, and made tapes of them for friends. He also took bus trips to local theaters and was a sports fan.
Services were held March 10 at Anshe Emunah Aitz Chaim Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, the former Sylvia Rosen, who also was a Social Security worker; a son, Allan H. Holtzman of Baltimore; a daughter, Lynne Grossman of Baltimore; and six grandchildren. A son, Martin Louis Holtzman, died in 2007.