Robert Holmes

Robert James Holmes, 88, of Storm Lake died Dec. 22, 2017 at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Dec. 27, at United Methodist Church in Alta. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Alta with full military rites by Alta VFW Post #6172. Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Alta was in charge of the arrangements. 

Robert James Holmes was born Aug. 3, 1929 in Alta, the son of Alexander “Eck” and Anna Marie Catherine (Snell-Nelson) Holmes.

As an infant, Robert was baptized and later confirmed at United Methodist Church in Alta where he remained a lifelong member.

Growing up, Robert attended school in Alta where he graduated from Alta High School in 1948. While attending high school he enjoyed participating in football and track.

In 1951, Robert enlisted in the United States Air Force where he proudly served his country until he was honorably discharged in 1955.

On Sept. 6, 1954, Robert was united in marriage to Helen Caughey in California. Together, they were blessed with two children, Wesley Allen and Robert James Jr.

Robert was a member of Truesdale Farmers Club. He also was a past senior vice commander with Alta VFW Post #6172. Currently, Robert was serving as the commander of Alta American Legion #498.

Robert served on several church boards at United Methodist Church in Alta and was currently a trustee board member. 

Robert loved being outdoors farming. Farming truly was a passion he had, and he enjoyed helping his boys. Robert was a very giving person and often times thanked people by providing them with frozen meat. He loved visiting with family and friends and especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren during the holidays. He was known as “GG Bob” which stood for great-grandpa Bob. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Those left to cherish his memory include his children: Wesley (Linda) Holmes of Alta; Robert James “Jim” (Sue) Holmes of Storm Lake; grandchildren: Sarah (Devon) Sadler; Ben (Lacey) Holmes; Emily (Austin) Westrum; Matt (friend, Allie) Holmes; Laura (Will) DeKok; Amy Harrison; Devin Steele; great-grandchildren: Charlie Robert, Lorelai and Sawyer Sadler; Mackenzie and new baby Holmes; Levi, Connor and Oliver Westrum; Emma McDonald; Dominic, Isaac, Jaxon and Brooklyn Steele; sister-in-law, Bonnie Moize of Storm Lake; extended family and friends.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Helen Holmes; brothers: Dyle, Lyman, William; sisters: Geneva Nancarrow and Marjorie Hart.