Donald B. Holmes

Donald B. Holmes

Donald passed away Saturday, March 15, 2014 at his home.

He was born November 17, 1940 in Plainwell to the late Bernard “Speed” and Hazel (Parker) Holmes. A lifelong resident to the area, “Donnie” graduated from Otsego High School in 1959. He served his country in the U.S. Navy and was a member of the V.F.W. Post #3030, the American Legion Post #84 and the Moose Lodge #365.

Don prided himself on his expertise in operating and repairing heavy equipment and was employed for many years by Operating Engineers Local 324, retiring in 1998. He was known for his devilish smile and his love of motorsports, particularly NASCAR. In his younger years, he raced everything from cars to boats, and later enjoyed watching his son Jeff compete at the BMX track. His leisure time involved slower-speed activities like bowling, fishing and reading. One of Don’s proudest accomplishments was raising his youngest son David alone to be a very nice and responsible young man.

Surviving are his children, David Holmes, Traci (Rich) Walker, Jeff Holmes, Tami (Bob) Currie, and Jay Woodward; grandchildren, Matthew (Sara) Currie, Heather Currie, Nick, Josh and Leah Walker; sisters, Joyce (Daniel) McClellan and Carol (Ronald) Lovelace; many nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial luncheon is scheduled for Sunday, March 23 at 1 PM at the V.F.W. Post in Otsego. Burial of ashes will take place at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta on a later date.

Contributions in memory of Don may be made to the American Heart Association.

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  1. Jessica Nevermann says:

    Traci and Family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  2. Teresa Bagley says:

    To the Homles family.
    Very sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers are with you at these tuff times.
    Love ya all…

  3. Richard & Toni Augustne says:

    So sorry about the loss of your father, wish we could be there with the family for Donnie’s memorial. We won’t be coming home until April. Our thoughts & prayers go out to his whole family. May you just treasure your memories of him. God Bless
    Love Pete & Toni

  4. Jean Shoup says:

    My condolences to Don’s family, his children and grandchildren for their loss. This is always such a difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you. — Jean

  5. June and Fred Haddix says:

    Tammy , Tracy, Jeff and David
    Sorry for the loss of your Dad. We are thinking of you .
    June and Fred

  6. Karen Charkowski says:

    Tami and family – So sorry for the loss of your loved one. I certainly know what you’re going through. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
    Karen Charkowski

  7. Konrad & Linda Jockus says:

    So sorry for your loss, Don and I had so many good times. Wish we could be there now but we are out of the state.

  8. Kathi (Dobbin} Fuss says:

    R.I.:P. my fellow classmate!

  9. Jerry and Judy Shumaker says:

    To Joyce and Family. We are so sorry that you have lost your brother. Please know that our thoughts and sympathy are with you during this sad time for your family. Take care now and know that others are thinking of you.

  10. Sue Vaughn says:

    Jay, Tami, Hout and Traci: Was so sorry to hear about your loss. May all the wonderful memories you have comfort you in this difficult time and know I am thinking of you all. Will be in touch upon return to Michigan. Hugs and love àlways, Aunt Sue.

  11. susan hatten says:

    Tammy Tracy Jeff and David= sorry for the loss of your Dad may all the wonderful memories be of comfort to you. Take care.

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