Cover photo for James Holmes's Obituary
James Holmes Profile Photo

James Holmes

d. September 21, 2021

James F. Holmes, 92, passed away on Tuesday, September 21.

He was born on June 30, 1929 in Richmond, Indiana to Ralph and Mabel Norton Holmes. He graduated from Richmond High School in 1947.

James was a US Air Force veteran of the Korean War who served as an aircraft mechanic. He retired after a career as an electrician and was a member of IBEW Local 855, where he had served in the union leadership.

James was a faithful member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. He worked many years at the YMCA and was a Life Member of the Elks. He enjoyed snow-birding for 26 winters and was an avid golfer with 4 holes-in-1 carded over the years. One of James’s biggest thrills was his annual July 4th family reunion.

James will be missed by his wife of 46 years, Carol Abrams Holmes; children, Holly (Tim) Love, Howard (Pam) Holmes, Julianne (Doug) Cochran, Bruce (Lorie) Holmes, Teresa Rynard and David Daly, Tonia (Jeff) Banter, Tyrone Holmes, Jim (Angie) Kirtley; 14 grandchildren, Terry Love, Jeremy (Lisa) Holmes, Sarah (Adam) Scholl, Nikki (Eddie) Loeffler, Matthew (Jane) Holmes, Shelly (Tyler) Soellinger, Martin Holmes, Alex (Christy) Kirtley, Coleman Kirtley, Ian and Elizabeth Cochran, Celeste Holmes, Jacob Kirtley and Chevelle Nolte; 14 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and his special canine companion, Sammie.

James was preceded in death by his parents; 1 son, Terry Holmes, who was born on September 21, 1959; grandson, Dustin James Kirtley; sisters, Mary McClure and Dorothy Blackford; 1 brother, Ralph L. Holmes; brother-in-law, Bill McClure; niece, Vicki Holmes; nephews Leroy Blackford and Rick Holmes.

Interment will be conducted in Willow Grove Cemetery at the convenience of the family, with military rites conducted by the Wayne County Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions are encouraged for St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 121 South 18th Street, Richmond, IN 47374.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of James Holmes, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services

Private Interment

Willow Grove Cemetery


Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Visits: 5

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree