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Richard Lee Holmes

September 2, 2017

Richard Lee (Dick) Holmes 83, died Saturday, September 2, 2017 at his Newton residence.  He was born December 17, 1933 in Ashland, Kansas to Chancy Cecil and Melba Lucy (Schulty) Homes. Dick was a 1952 graduate of Meade High School. On December 29, 1957 he married Wilma J. Blehm at Meade, Kansas and she preceded him death on September 10, 2013.


Dick was a longtime active member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Newton where he joined in 1971.  He was an auto mechanic retiring after 40 years, working 8 of those years as a service manager in Meade, Hutchinson, Pratt and Newton. Dick also was a representative for Lutheran Brotherhood for nearly 6 years. In 1995 he retired from full time employment and worked part time for Dillon’s as a delivery driver, retiring again in 2009. 


Dick was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to many.  He looked forward to spending time with those he loved and enjoyed making friends on the campus of Kansas Christian Home. He will be missed for his quick smile and gentle teasing he freely gave.


Dick is survived by three daughters: Diana Bellin of Medford, OK; Carol Hammer and her husband Tim of of Pittsford, NY and Nancy Johnson and her husband Todd of Mulvane, KS; He is also survived by 4 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.


Dick is preceded in death by his parents, wife and one brother, Jack Holmes.


Memorial service will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, September 8, 2017 at Zion Lutheran Church with Pastor Aaron Filipek presiding.  Visitation will be

 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Petersen Funeral Home with family receiving friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Graveside committal with military honors will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday September 9, 2017 at Graceland Cemetery, Meade, Kansas.


In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to American Cancer Society or American Heart Association in care of Petersen Funeral Home.

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4 thoughts on “Richard Lee Holmes

  1. I’m so sorry for your loss. May God be with you all, helping you thru this time. Your friend, Ray Novak

  2. So sorry to hear of your loss,and want you to know that we had a very good friendship with your parents over lots of years.

  3. Will miss Dick as he and Wilma have been long time friends since Pratt, KS days. Rest in Peace! my sympathy and prayers to all family members

  4. Rest Richard, until you hear at dawn,
    the low, clear reveille of God.

    Thank you for your service to this nation.

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