Wendell Vernon Holmes

Wendell Vernon Holmes
Wendell Vernon Holmes

TUSTIN — Wendell Vernon Holmes, 89, of Tustin, passed away on Friday, Dec. 26, 2014, at Spectrum Health Blodgett Campus in Grand Rapids.

He was born on June 24, 1925, in Tustin, to Sylvester and Lillian Pearl (Langworthy) Holmes, and they preceded him in death.

Wendell was a decorated World War II veteran serving in the U.S. Army. After returning from the war, he worked at a General Motors plant in Grand Rapids. In 1955, he moved up north to raise his family and farm. He also was employed at Kysor in Cadillac for 10 years. Wendell built and was the owner/operator of the Diamond Lake Lounge for seven years. After he sold the lounge, he retired and still enjoyed various business ventures. He loved to spend time with his family, tell stories, fishing, hunting, mushrooming, trapping and gardening, and participated in the local farm markets. He attended St. Agnes Catholic Church in Marion, was a member of the VFW Post No. 10770 in LeRoy and a former member of the American Legion Post No. 94 in Cadillac.

On July 1, 1947, in Cadillac, he married the former Theresa Ann Harman, and she survives him along with their children, Vickie (Thomas) Pangborn, of Traverse City, Thomas (Gloria) Holmes, of LeRoy, and Joey (Brenda) Holmes, of Gaylord; grandchildren, Christine (Daniel C.) Wherry, Emily (Kenneth) Davies, Heidi Pangborn and Lance (Randi) Holmes; great-grandchildren, Bryce and Theo Wherry, Annistyn, Braelynn and Kenleigh Holmes; a brother, Elden Holmes, of Bristol; two sisters, Wilda Shaw, of Reed City, and Shirley Moffitt, of Cadillac; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Oliver Wendell Holmes, in 2006; three brothers, Alvin, Sherman and Doyle Holmes; three sisters, Aletha Feeley, Vesta Smith and Doris Draves; and an infant sister, Myrna Holmes.

A Memorial Mass was held on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Marion, with Father Joe Fix as celebrant and full military rites under the auspices of the Cadillac Area Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation or to the Make A Wish Foundation. An online guestbook is available at petersonfh.com.