April 1, 2008
Willard OH 44890 4/4/2008 14:00:00
Willard OH 44890 4/5/2008 11:00:00
Robert Carlton Holmes of Willard, died Tuesday, April 1, 2008. He was born on December 28, 1948 in Willard to the late Raymond and Elizabeth (Work) Holmes and has been a resident of Willard all of his life. He was a retired teacher, coach, church sexton and basketball referee. He enjoyed teaching, coaching, refereeing basketball, gardening, golfing and especially loved his Lord. He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church and attended the Willard Christian and Missionary Alliance Church.
Surviving are his most beloved family members; his wife of 26 years, Lisa (Smith) Holmes whom he wed on June 19, 1982; a son, Cory J. Holmes of Willard; a daughter, Callie E. Holmes of Willard; a sister, Jane Kennard of Willard; a niece, Lori (Kennard) Lewis; nephews, Todd and Chad Kennard; a sister-in-law, Cynthia Tattan; and several great nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his beloved maternal grandmother, Lena (Wolfe) Work.
Friends may call at the Willard Christian and Missionary Alliance Church on Friday, April 4, 2008 from 2-4P.M. and 6-8P.M. Funeral services will be held at the Church on Saturday, April 5, at 11A.M. with Pastor Richard Jueckstock officiating. Burial will follow in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. Memorial expressions may be made to Christian Alliance Church Missionary Fund or to Focus on the Family. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.secorfuneralhomes.com
Dear kind friends: This morning, I was reading through the list of condolences and realized I should thank you for all the wonderful things you’ve said about Bob and for the encouragement you’ve given the kids and Jane and I. Bob was such a humble person. Neither of us could ever have imagined he was loved and respected by so many. At least a thousand of you came to tell him goodbye. Please don’t feel bad if you didn’t have time to wait. The Lord knows your heart. Flowers and food and blankets and gifts, so many I’m worried I won’t remember everyone that I should be thanked! We’re still reading through all the cards. Thanks to the many, MANY friends that crowded our home and kept us from feeling lonely. Thanks to the ‘angels’ who helped me make the tough decisions and ‘carried’ me through. Speaking of angels, never before have I actually ‘felt’ that others were praying for me. It was almost palpable! In his wildest dreams, Bob would NEVER have imagined he meant so much to so many. He was just as sweet and good as you thought he was. And handsome, too, don’t you think? Lisa
To the Holmes Family: I am very sorry to here of Mr. Holmes’ passing. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
I am so deeply sorry about your loss. Mr. Holmes was my Math teacher and he was such a great man. I loved listening to his stories and learned so much from him. God bless.
Dear Holmes Family,
I was shocked and very saddened to hear of Bob’s death. I just saw him at our 40th reunion this past August and enjoyed talking with him. He was always one of my favorite classmates. He was kind, honest and easy to get along with. I am sure he was a very beloved father and husband. My thoughts go out to you at this very distressing time.
Karen (Wolfe) Ferlito
Lisa and family, I was truely shocked to hear about Bobby. He and I were in the same class (1967)He usually sat behind me in almost every class as we were seated alphabetically. He was a wonderful person and a great friend. I enjoyed knowing him and watching him play basketball. I’m glad I was able to see and talk to him at the reunion. His love for life, family and God was evident every time I had a conversation with him. He was much loved and will be missed.
May God ease your pain at this time as we remeber and celebrate his life. Jane(Hill) Cox
Lisa, Cory, Callie, and Jane,
I am praying for the Lord to give you strength. It is hard to make sense of the loss of such a young person (As Only GOD Knows Why) but you will eventually stop focussing on the pain of “why so soon” and start really feeling the blessing of the time you did have. IT TAKES TIME!!!! The pain will not leave just soften to the blessings of all the love you will receive (from people you least expect sometimes.) The Lord and your family unity will sustain you!!!! I will pray for you in Iraq Cory. It has been a pleasure to get to know all of you. You are a wonderful family! Remember Bob is PROUDLY watching over you.
Jane and family, So sorry to hear about Bob. Just wanted to let you know that you and all of your family our in our thoughts and prayers.God bless you
My sincere sympathy. Bobby was my classmate. My sister, Karen Ewing, is your neighbor. I was fortunate to see him at the last class reunion. He looked so good. I’m glad to remember him that way, with a great smile on his face and always kind to everyone. We had good memories of high school.
Lisa, I feel so sad. I will certainly pray for you and your family, especially your son in Iraq. I would be honored to write to your son if you’d send me his address.God be with you all. Judy
Dear Holmes Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you. I met Bob through him refereeing for me when I was the junior high athletic director. When I needed a ref I could always count on him. Great guy!
He will be missed by all.
May God Bless Your Family.
To the Holmes family: I am very saddened to hear of Mr. Holmes’s passing. I remember him as my math teacher back in 1979 and I always thought of him as the best teacher there ever was. He participated in the pumping of gas at the Marathon station when the gas station lowered the gas last year or the year before and that was the first time I had seen him since 1979 and I told him who I was and by golly he remembered me, Bless his heart. My prayers are with you.
I am deeply sorry about your loss. Mr. Holmes was my teacher 18 years ago, and he was my favorite teacher that year. He was such a kind man. My heart goes out to you, and you are in my prayers–god bless–Amy
To the Holmes family,
Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Bob and I ‘grew up together’ at Trinity Lutheran Church, and graduated in the same Willard class in 1967. Peace be with you, during this sad time, and always. Judy Wiles Oney
I was saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. He was an awesome teacher. I had him as a teacher in 8th grade. I always appreciated his kindness he showed to ALL his students. God bless you all during your time of sadness. Remember to lean on JESUS for all your needs and he WILL supply them!
Lisa, Cory, Callie and Jane,
Our heart and prayers go out to you in this time of great loss. What a blessing to have such a kind, loving husband, father and brother. We want to be there for you for future needs. Let us know when that may be. God will use this in His plan for His glory. We love you!
Dear Holmes Family, I was saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. His quiet greetings and smiles were always so welcome when passing by your house when out walking. Know that you are im my thoughts and prayers. Maryellen Eaton
i just wanted to send a few lines to express my sympathy to all of the family. i’ve been blessed most of my life to have known bob. in the last 8 years of my coaching career in the middle school level i always enjoyed my conversations with bob. he was always so positive to talk to and i will miss him. to the rest of you let god get you thru your ordeal, rely on him and one another. if you need me for anything just hollar. i’ll be praying for all of you. connie adams roub
Cory, This is Kristy’s sister Nicole. I want you to know how truly sorry Nick and I are to hear of your fathers passing. I can only imagine what you are going through and I hope all the friends and family by your side reminds you of how truly loved you are. You are Matt’s dearest friend and he loves you truly. I hope you know he and Kristy are always there for you. You and your family have been deep in my prayers and I hope that Christ can find a way to bring you some peace through all of this. Love, Nicole and Nick. . .
To the Holmes family, you have my deepest sympathy. I remember Mr. Holmes from a being a student at Willard Middle School many many years ago. He always had a smile on his face! May God be with you during this difficult time.
I cannot express on here how truely sorry I am about Bob’s passing. He was a great, GREAT man and one of the kindest people I have ever had the honor to know. As you know, the boys will miss him, I will miss watching him blow kisses through the window to Gavin and watching Braden help him with the yard work. I am here for you all and you are in my thoughts and prayers, God Bless,
Dear Lisa, Cory, and Callie, and Jane——
Words seem so inadequate. We just want you to know that we loved Bob, and we love you. We’re thinking of you constantly, trusting God to bring His peace.
Larry and Sharon
DEAR BOB’S FAMILY,
I HAVE KNOWN BOB MOST OF HIS LIFE AND I CAN TRULY SAY HE WAS A GREAT MAN, A WONDERFUL FATHER, HUSBAND, AND A MAN WHO DID TRULY LOVE OUR LORD. HE WILL BE MISSED BY SO MANY PEOPLE.
AT TIMES OF PASSING, IT IS HARD TO KNOW EXACTLY WHAT WE CAN SAY TO MAKE IT BETTER. BUT, LISA, I KNOW YOU KNOW GOD AND CAN TRULY SAY BOB IS WITH HIM IN HEAVEN AND SOMEDAY WE CAN ALL JOIN IN IN THE CELEBRATION OF THE RISEN LORD.
BOB WAS ALWAYS SO NICE TO ME ESPECIALLY WHEN I LOST MY BROTHER , JIM, AND MY MOM. HE WAS THERE WHEN I HAD QUESTIONS AND WAS ONE WHO COULD LIFT ME UP WHEN I WAS HAVING A BAD MOMENT. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL. AS ALL WHO KNEW BOB, I WILL MISS HIM. JOLYNN WARE
Dear Holmes Family. I had Mr Holmes for 8th grade math–he was a wonderful teacher..he always had a smile and was so encouraging! As an adult, I looked forward to seeing him out and about, he always remembered his students and would make a special effort to stop and say hello and ask how we had been. You are in my thoughts and prayers! God Bless!
To the Holmes family, i would like to send my condolences out to your family and say that Mr. Holmes was a great teacher and mentor. He always reached out to his students and helped them when he could. He will be truly missed, but never forgotten. You have all of the memories and noone can take them away. God bless you. Tracey L Hatton-Strong
Dear Lisa, Cory, and Callie
Words cannot express how sorry we are for your loss as well as the loss we all feel at this time. Bob always has encouraged us all, no matter what the situation. He has always had good things to say about Ryan and made it a point to make sure we did the same. I know he loved and was so very proud of his family. He will sadly be missed by all whose lives he touched in one way or another.
Love in Christ,
Kevin, Joni and Ryan Polachek
To the Bob Holmes family I extend my deepest sympathy for your loss. I went to high school with Bob and have always known him to be a kind person who never looked at the ouside of a person , but took everyone at face value. Just nice to everyone. May God bless you at this time of your grief. Sincerely, Muriel
My deepest condolences go to Bob’s Family and Loved ones. I have only seen Bobby once since I graduated from Willard High. I still remember how kind he was. He was a senior when I was a junior but he was still a terrific friend to this underclassman.
I was glad to hear of his relationship with the Lord. I look forward to seeing Bobby again.
On Wednesdays when it was my turn to cook for Awana, my son Mitchell would come and be sitting in the FLC doing his homework. Bob would always come over, look over his shoulder and help him. I have always appreciated that so much. Watching them work on his homework made me smile and I will miss that. Thanks to him for caring to help a student.
I am saddened to Hear about the Loss of Bob. I remember, he always got a discussion going at the Wednesday morning Bible Study at the Christian Alliance Church. Bob was an inspiration to me Bob will truly be missed.
Lisa, Cory, and Callie, We have you in our thoughts and prayers and are really sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Bob was a really great guy and basketball coach. He always encouraged and uplifted the children he came in contact with. He will be missed by many. God bless you all. Susan and Cody
To the Holmes Family: I was shocked and saddened to read about Bob. I always respected him and would have to say he was one of the most positive people I have ever known! Bob was a wonderful person and he will truly be missed!
Lisa, Cory, and Callie:
Words cannot express how deeply saddend we were to learn about Bob’s death. You all have been so near and dear to our family and forever will be. Bob will be greatly missed. Not only was he one of our wonderful teachers he was a wonderful neighbor and it won’t be the same to not see him bright and early in the mornings working in the yard.
Lisa….because of our own parents failing health..they wanted us kids to go online to share their sympathies with you. They would be there in person if they could. Please don’t hesitate to call on us (the whole family) if you need anything!!! God Bless and you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Lisa, I was so sorry to hear about Bob. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your children. My children thought a lot of Bob he was a great guy. He will be in heaven with my sister and they will watch over us all. I know your faith with help you get through the rough times ahead. I still can remember all the good times through high school. Hold on to all your good memories. If you need to talk I am only an email away. Time has flown since you and I worked together but I have never forgotten how strong your faith was .. that will help you get through the days ahead. Love and prayers . Penny Mastron Howell
Dearest Holmes family,
You know how we feel about you all-we love you! Bob was a great father,teacher,coach,husband,and friend.We will miss him so much but believe that we will see him again someday because he is with our Lord that he loved so much.We count it an honor and a privelege to have known Bob. With our love and prayers and friendship,
Alan,Jeannie,Brittany,Cody,Austin and Wyatt
To the Holmes family,
Our thoughts and Prayers are with you all.
Dear Lisa and family, We are so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. We just got to know Bob over the past year. He was a great man. Our kids adored him. He spent several hours in the church gym working on basketball with them. When he would see them at the Willard basketball games he would always give them a dollar to buy a snack. They thought that was neat. They loved to talk sports with him. He will surely be missed. Jim and Lori Parrott
You are in our thoughts and prayers… Bob certainly was proud and loved his family deeply. He will be missed by all of us who knew him. God bless all of you.