Robert Holmes, who served as pastor of the Grace Brethren Church, Homerville, Ohio, for 50 years, has died. His obituary appears below.
Robert F. Holmes, 91, of West Salem, Ohio, died Tuesday April 18, 2017, at LifeCare Hospice of Wooster, Ohio. Funeral Services will be Saturday, April 22, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Brethren Church, 8992 Firestone Road, Homerville, Ohio, with Pastor Robert Combs officiating. Friends will be received at the Matteson Funeral Home on Friday, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Burial will be in Fair Haven Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared at the funeral home website at mattesonfh.com.
He was born Sept 28, 1925, in West Salem, the son of Fenton and Gertrude (Kline) Holmes.
He graduated from Congress High School in 1943, where he played baseball and basketball. He attended Bryan University in Dayton, Tennessee. He graduated from Akron Bible Institute in 1951.
He married Alice (Scobey) Holmes on August 24, 1946. They spent 68 years together.
Rev. Holmes pastored at Grace Brethren Church as Senior Pastor for 50 years.
Bob was a member of Belgian Draft Horse Association of America. He raised register Belgian Horses for 32 years and judged many shows.
He also was secretary of Fair Haven Cemetery for over 26 years, drove bus for Black River School System for 23 years, and was a painter for over 20 years.
He is survived by his son, Donald Holmes of Cutler, Ohio; brother, Stanley Holmes of West Salem, and nieces and nephews.
His parents, wife Alice, two infant daughters, brother Richard Holmes and a sister Aletha Altfather, died previously.