Gerald R. “Jerry” Holmes, age 65, resident of Willard, Ohio passed away on Tuesday, July 8, 2008 in the MedCentral Mansfield Hospital. He was born on December 29, 1942 in Willard to the late Howard and Marjorie (Sparks) Holmes and has been a life long Willard resident. He is a 1962 graduate of Willard High School and served in the US Army during Vietnam. Mr. Holmes was employeed with the CertainTeed Corporation in Avery. He attended the First United Methodist Church in Willard and enjoyed coin collecting, yard work and treasure hunting with his metal detector.
He is survived by his wife, Gwen (Stanfield) Holmes, whom he married on July 15, 1967; a daughter and son-in-law, Shannon and Steven Garcia of Alvarado, TX; two grandchildren, Zyl and Kieffer Garcia; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Harold and Nell Holmes of Delaware; John and Margaret Holmes of Willard; Glenn and Shirley Holmes of Willard; Larry and Thelma Holmes of Lakeland, FL; four sisters and brothers-in-law, Wanda and Mike Pelchar of Huron; Janis and Gene Nead of Willard; Linda Howell of Plymouth; Glenda and Jack Duncan of Kentucky; numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a brother, Wendell Holmes and a sister, Loris Gearhart.
No calling hours will be observed at this time. A memorial service will be held on Monday, July 14, 2008 at 10 A.M. at the Sun Beach Cafe in the Holiday Lakes Lodge . Secor Funeral Home in Willard assisted the family with arrangements. Memorial contributions can be made to the family for the grandchildren’s education. Online condolences can be made at www.secorfuneralhomes.com
Secor- please don’t publish on your web site, this is private to Gwen. Thank you.
Gwen, I am so sorry to hear about Jerry’s early death. I wanted to let you know that I enjoyed sharing time with him in Mr.Casto’s art class. He always had a smile and could make us laugh, even though he also seemed on the shy side at times. Jerry and I enjoyed taking about various art projects. I remember helping him tool leather, since that was one of the skills my
mother taught me.
I am also glad that you both joined us for one of our August/Christmas breakfasts at the Country Kitchen.
Did injuries from Vietnam contribute to his early departure? Would like to here from you after time settles. Take care. Char
Gwen, We were sorry to hear about your husband. Please know that we are thinking of you. May the Lord Bless you and your family, Agnes Seasly and Sandy Swartzmiller (two of your old pepperidge buddies).
Dear Gwen, Shannon, and Steve,
Our family extends sympathy to all of you. May God give you peace in the coming days. Seems like the family is taking some hard hits this summer. We will pray for your comfort throughout this time of sadness.
God Bless each of you!
Sorry to hear about your lose. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
God Bless you and your family
Jim (Big Gun)Ganni
Sorry to hear of your loss Shannon, you were always a wonderful friend. God Bless. Delana
Gwen, you and Jerry have been the best neighbors we ever had. We will miss not mowing together, he was a really good person. There aren’t enough of those in the world any more. Our sympathy to you and your family.