Richard B. “Dick” Holmes

February 28, 1929 ‒ February 13, 2018

Delaware, Ohio
Formerly of Marion, Ohio

Richard “Dick” Holmes, 88, passed away on Tuesday morning, February 13, 2018 at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus while surrounded by his loving children.

On February 28, 1929, Dick was born to the late Bruce and Lula R. (Stiles) Holmes. He retired as a grain dealer with Landmark.

Dick married his high school sweetheart Jeanne Smith in Deshler, Ohio on June 12, 1949 and moved with his family to Napoleon and then Marion. Dick had an everlasting love for his wife and after 64 wonderful years sadly, Jeanne passed away in 2013.

A member of the Marion Elks, Moose, and Masonic Lodge, he enjoyed gardening and fishing. His passions were sports and family, he was an avid fan of all Ohio sports teams, especially The Buckeyes and Cavaliers. The past 26 winters were spent in Port Aransas, Texas.

Determined and hardworking, he was orderly in nature and a good honorable man. He will be remembered for his endearing love for his wife and family.

Those left to cherish his memory include his children, Marlene (Jeff) Baber of Charleston, South Carolina, Jon (Nancy) Holmes of Houston, Texas, and Jill (Mark) Morley of Lewis Center, Ohio; 7 grandchildren Bryce and Brittany Baber (Dave Baker), Lauren, Zachary, and Tessa Holmes, Kelsey (Tim) Cline and Nick Wright; 5 great-grandchildren, and brother-in-law Raymond Bruner.

In addition to his parents and wife he was also preceded in death by sisters Dorothy Doty and Rachel Maxine Burner.

Services are being planned for the Woodland Cemetery in Deshler, Ohio, at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center in Delaware.

Memorial contributions can be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, PO Box 98018, Washington DC 20090-8018.

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  • Dear Jon and family. So sorry.for your loss I remember him for his friendliness, smile, and yes a wonderful orneriness with a smile when you knew he meant business lost my dad In 05. And I hope your memories will give you strength and peace.
    Your old friend. Jim Jerew

    • Thanks Jim,
      So good to hear from you. 89 years old and he fell and bonked his head. Died about 36 hours later.
      Ornery is correct.
      Look me up if you ever in Houston.

  • Dear Marlene, Jon, Jill and families,

    We are so saddened by the passing of your father. We have so many wonderful memories of growing up and living as neighbors and friends. Singing with Dick in the basement bar, trips to Houghton Lake, learning to water ski – all such wonderful memories. Reminiscing about those happy days gone by always brings a smile, a laugh, and sometimes a tear. Dick always had a twinkle in his eye. He was a wonderful father to you, and role model for us.

    Bless you all. You are certainly in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time!

    Gary and Denise Iams
    Carolyn and Mark Green
    Jane Iams

    • Thank you. We are still in kind of disbelief. Fell on Sunday evening and severe brain bleed caused death in day and half. Your words are sweet. Great memories especially at the lake.

    • Thanks for the kind words. We did have a wonderful childhood with so many great memories. Dad and I were just talking about your mom and hoping she was doing well. We had had a great afternoon on Sunday. He drove home and fell on his way into his house and suffered a massive brain bleed. First year in almost 30 that he hadn’t gone to Tx for winter as his condo was destroyed by hurricane. 😢
      Love and prayers to your whole family. ♥️

  • We were so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. He was also so kind and sweet to our family. He and my dad had so many good memories fishing in Texas together. We all will miss him. He was a gentle man. We wish you all peace and loving memories

    Kris Kucer Dombrowski

    • Thank you Kris. He loved his Port A fishing days & the lifelong friends they made down there. He appreciated getting your texts too keeping him updated on your dad and checking on how my dad was doing. He was pretty distraught over the loss of the condo and all that it represented to him. Please give your dad a hug from us! ♥️

  • We are deeply sorry of your loss. Dick lived 2 homes away from us in Shroyers Mobile Home Park here in Delaware and was such a wonderful neighbor and person. I really loved to talk to him, and will miss seeing him out and about. Dick will be truly missed. I am blessed to have known him. At least now he is with Jeanne again and they are walking hand-in-hand once again.

    Paul Chafin and
    Rick Phillippi

  • Wow! I am saddened to read this and so dearly sorry Jill and family😰
    I remember Dick as very quiet and so sweet. Always a wonderful smile.
    Shared many great memories with your family on Henry Street.
    Cherished the time your parents took me to Houghton Lake .
    God Bless to All💕

  • Well, Dick has left us so quickly. Not that he was in a hurry to leave his living family, but every one of us knew he and Jean were happiest together. As in-laws he and I had really a few good conversations at so many enjoyable spots, either on their “Veranda” watching the Olentangy drift by, or of course over with Jill & Mark’s
    on the many family gatherings or down at Port Aransas. Actually what comes to mind are the strolling conversations Jean and I shared, but, of course our hearts are with you all as we say good-bye to two of my very good friends. What a lovely, loving family the two of them are leaving behind.

  • Dear Jill,
    May your wonderful memories of your dad help you now as your kindness, caring & love helped him.
    Sending you prayers & thoughtsHetty

  • Many prayers to you jill and your siblings and family. A close knit loving family is truly a gift 🎁 indeed you all had that ruth your wonderful father . So sorry for the sudden loss . I will continue to uplift you all in my prayers . Jesus will comfort you all 🙏🏼♥️
    Love you Jill