Francis E. Holmes, age 93 also known as Grandpa #79, of Montrose, passed away on Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 10:44 AM at the Madison.
He was born on January 9, 1927 to Hazel Holmes. On January 2, 1946 he married Georgetta Kempker. She passed away on March 18, 1980. He then married Marcella Menke Kempker on June 12, 1981 in Mesa, AZ. She passed away on January 4, 2011. Francis was in sales and owned a used furniture store. He served in the US Navy during WWII on the Gayety ship. He enjoyed fishing, tinkering, going to auctions and he could strike up a conversation with anyone with his gift to gab.
Survivors include seven children, Dave (Luci) Holmes of Mesa, AZ, Debbie (Chuck) Thompson of Montrose, Shawn Holmes of West Point, Jim (Brenda) Kempker of Ft. Madison, Mike (Pam) Kempker of West Point, Patrick (Margaret) Kempker of Sand Diego, CA, Patricia (Frank) Eid of Ft. Madison and Peggy (Mark) Hirte of Wever; eighty six grandchildren, numerous great and great great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; both wives; four sons and three daughters.
The family will meet with friends on Monday, May 11, 2020 from 9-11 AM at King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory. A graveside service with follow at 11 AM in Soldiers’ Circle, Oakland Cemetery with Reverend Larry Wallingford officiating. Military rites will be conducted by the Ft. Madison Veteran’s Honor Guard.
A memorial has been established in his memory and online condolences may be left at www.kinglynk.com