David R. Holmes

David R. Holmes

David R. Holmes of Otsego, Michigan passed away Monday, July 16, 2012, at his home. Dave was born July 21, 1944 in Toledo, OH to Grant and Ernestine (Radsick) Holmes. From 1961 to 1981 he served his country in the US Navy. He was a Life Member of V.F.W. and a member of the U.S.S. Little Rock Association. Dave retired from the U.S. Navy in 1981, but he fully retired in 2008 with his wife, Bev. They moved into their motor home and became full-timers! The first year on the road took them to 27 states, which Bev chronicled on their blog. Eventually they settled in the RV in summers at Schnable Lake Campground in Otsego and winters in Las Vegas or Florida, traveling wherever they wanted on the road in between.

On November 25, 1977 in Otsego he married Beverly Ann Hoyt, who survives. Also surviving are 1 son and 2 daughters, Daniel Holmes of Traverse City, Kimberly (James) Hall of Bonney Lake, WA, Michele (Brett) Everson of Graham, WA; 5 grandchildren, Andrew Charles, Kyle Everson, Heather Hall, Adrienne Holmes and Ellery Holmes; a brother, James E. (Gaye) Holmes of Hayden, AL; a sister, Faye Ann (Harold) Rickabaugh of Spring lake; nieces and nephews, Dawn, Paula, Jimmy, Lea, Julie, Sarah, Aaron, Brian, Audrey, Amy, Michael, Justin, Rebecca, Timothy, EJ, Tamara, Elizabeth, Samantha, Kody, and Kyle; and great nieces and nephews, Aaron, April, Amanda, Deanna, Grant, Katherine, Elinor, John, Mickala, Joseph, Wade, Emilee, Racheal, Rebekka, Claudia, Alyssa, Kasi, Anna, Richard, Bailey, Dominiq, Rylee, Mason, Carson, Ethan, Shelby, Brennan; good friends, Bruce and Lynda LaFountain and their family, James, Vicki, Audra and Hannah all of Otsego.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Holmes; a sister, Mary Lucinda Klosinski; and a great nephew, Jesse Tyminski.

Friends may meet with his family on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. at Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, Pastor David Reed officiating. Military Honors by VFW Post #3030 and the U.S. Navy. Cremation will follow. Burial of ashes with Military Honors at Fort Custer National Cemetery will be held Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 1:30 P.M.

Contributions in memory of Dave may be made to the U.S.S. Little Rock Association, c/o Frank Berglas, 10 Bayberry Lane, South Salem, NY 10590.

Messages of condolence for his family may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

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  1. Deb TenBusschen says:

    Bev – What memories you must have for the years you and Dave shared. He was loved by all that knew him. That smile, that laugh, that never being at a loss for a story to tell. I will surely miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this terribly hard time.

  2. Rick & Angela Reed says:

    Bev and Family,
    Dave will surely be missed, I am very glad to have been part of the campground family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Rick & Angela

  3. Leslie Johnson says:

    So sorry, Auntie Bev. Will see you Thursday & Friday. Love you much.

  4. Paula Holmes Vega says:

    Aunt bev…missing him and remembering the “pack your bags and lets go” with every visit….EVENTUALLY I will be with you again! love you always …you as well a.bev thoughts and prayers

  5. Karen Nelson says:

    Dave was a funny, upbeat man. He was always good to me and I enjoyed bumping into him over the years. My heart goes out to his family, especially to Bev. Peace be with you during this difficult time.

  6. Bill & Cheryl Osborn says:

    Bev & family –
    So sorry, our prayers & thoughts are with you. I remember the kindness and love he had for Spanky. Bill & Cheryl

  7. Jean Palmieri says:

    So sorry to hear about Dave. I am glad I got a chance to have lunch with Dave and Bev here in Florida and hear all the stories of their travels and family. Dave was such a nice person and seemed to always have a smile on his face. He will be missed…

  8. Bruce and Lynda LaFountain says:

    Love him and miss him already.

  9. Kris & Julie Wilson says:

    Bev, I am so sorry for your loss. Dave was a wonderful man and I am glad I had the chance to meet & work with him. He will be missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  10. Joyce Gilliland says:

    Dear Bev,
    Please accept our sincerest sympathies. Our love to you and your family.
    Bless you, Joyce (Smith) and Darl Gilliland

  11. John and Cindy Beavers says:

    Dear Bev, we are so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing, we were so glad to have met both of you and looked forward to seeing both of you again. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to you and your family.
    May he rest in peace. If you need anything , please we are only a phone call away. Take Care.

  12. Faye Rickabaugh says:

    My brother was truly one of a kind. He was funny, loving and always there to lend a hand to anyone who needed it. He will be missed by all who lives he touched. Rest in Peace DEAR BROTHER. Now he is with Mom, Dad and Cindy. Love to all he left behind especially Bev, Dan, Kim, Shelly and their children.

  13. Bob Rich says:

    Bev, This is Bob, I used to work with Dave at Bill Marsh Used Car Tech. I am so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing, but I am glad that you guys got to do what he said he wanted to with the motor home retirement.
    He was one of a kind for sure, and he, John, and myself had many great lunchtimes together !!
    He will be missed, but never forgotten for sure…………Bob

  14. John Pearson says:

    Dave always had something funny or sarcastic to say, loved that. Big smile and laugh. Bev-my deepest sympathies.


  15. Linda Krogman says:


    My deepest sympathies to you and you family. I’m sorry I can’t be with you tomorrow, but you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

    May your dreams bring you peace and your memories make you laugh…RIP Dave!

  16. Bill & Cathy Murgan says:

    Bev and family,
    We were sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. Our contact with Dave was not frequent but the interaction always guaranteed a smile. Peace.

  17. Jane Mullins says:

    Bev and Family,
    I send my Condolences to you and your family.
    I am so sorry to hear about your loss.

    Jane Mullins

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