Lloyd (Lee) Holmes passed away at the Lucas County Hospital at the age of 80. Lee was born Oct. 9, 1933, in Garden Grove, Iowa, to Roy and Marie (Laughlin) Holmes.
Lee graduated from Cambria High School in 1951. He served in the army during the Korean conflict for two years. He was a long time member of the Humeston American Legion and at one time, served as Commander. He married Keo Gibbs on Jan. 22, 1955. Lee and Keo farmed south of Humeston for forty years before retiring to Chariton in 2007. Lee also ran a small AG drainage business for 15 years. He enjoyed restoring antique tractors and his parade entries were always a big hit.
Lee was a very fun uncle and the perfect dad and grandpa.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Keo (Gibbs) Holmes; children, Kenny and wife Sandy Holmes of Corydon, Mike Holmes of Knoxville, and Julie and husband David Foster of Corydon; grandchildren, Chelsey (Ryan) Markel of Iowa City, Delanie Foster of North Liberty, Samantha (Steve) Lexa of Iowa City, Lance Holmes of Des Moines, Taylor Foster of Corydon, Matti Holmes of Council Bluffs, and Abbi Holmes of Knoxville; sister-in-law Juanita Holmes of Slater and brother-in-law, Burl Klinger of Corydon.
His parents; sisters, Kathleen, Opal, Gladys, Lorine, and his brothers, John and Dick, preceded Lee in death.
Funeral services were held Jan. 31 at the Randolph-Black Funeral Home in Corydon with Pastor Leroy Perkins officiating.
Musical selections were “When I Get Where I’m Going,” “There You’ll Be” and “Love Is Something That We Do.”
Casket bearers were Delbert Liggett, Richard Holmes, Jack Holmes, Larry Holmes, Steve Holmes, Ray Dean Sponsler, Gary Holmes and Larry Sheets.
Honorary bearers were Lee’s grandchildren, Chelsey Markle, Samantha Lexa, Taylor Foster, Abbi Holmes, Delanie Foster, Lance Holmes, Matti Homes and Ryan Markle.
Interment was in the Cambria Cemetery.
The Iowa Military Honor Guard provided military rites.