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Elmer Adelbert Holmes, Jr.

Born: Wed., Oct. 20, 1948
Died: Tue., Nov. 20, 2018


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Sat., Dec. 01, 2018
Location: Vienna Methodist Church

Memorial Service

4:00 PM Sat., Dec. 01, 2018
Location: Vienna Methodist Church

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     Elmer Adelbert Holmes Jr., 70, of Andover, Ohio, passed away on November 20, 2018 at his home. Elmer was born in the town of Vienna, New York to Evelyn Heller and Elmer Holmes on October 20, 1948. Elmer graduated from Camden High School in 1967. Elmer was always a hard worker who held many jobs that took him all over the U.S. In his late twenties, he started what would be his life long career as an ironworker. He retired from Ironworkers Union Local 207 in 2010.

     Elmer was as enormous in heart as he was in stature. He loved music, hot rods/fast cars, and animals of all kinds, gardening, cooking, fishing and most of all his family. Affectionately known to many as “Big Elmer”, his large frame commanded respect, yet he was one of the most gentle, helpful and compassionate people one could have had the pleasure to know.

     Elmer was a very active member of many clubs, including (but not limited to) the Moose, VFW and Sportsman’s Clubs. He was a charter member of the Eagles Club Aerie #4035. Elmer was always the first to lend a helping hand and always saw things through to the end, no matter how difficult they may have been. He contributed to multiple charities such as the Nature Conservancy, the VFW, Saint Labre Indian School, Boys Town, Sierra Club, and Southern Poverty Law Center - to name a few. He was very politically active and always made a point to VOTE.

     Elmer was predeceased by both of his parents, siblings: George Wood, Tom Wood, Ernest Wood, Evelyn Wood and son, Eric Holmes. He is survived by sisters: Marsha/Faye (Ron) Shlotzhauer, Elizabeth (Leroy) Brockway; children: Kerri Holmes, Kyndra Mae Holmes, Troy Holmes, Buffy Elder, Shannon (Ben) Hammond and Heather (Addison) Warner; grandchildren: Evelyn Gilbert, Davien Clayton Holmes, Trisdan Nowak, McKenzie Nowak, Zachary (Kari) Fuller, Arianna Hammond, Jessica Elder, Jamie Hargreaves, Kayla Wilson; great grandchildren: Avelyn Crown and Amelia Crown; many cousins, nieces and nephews; beloved pets: Wrylie and George and MANY friends.

     A memorial service will be held 4:00 p.m., Saturday, December 1, 2018 from the Vienna United Methodist Church under the direction of the LaRobardiere Funeral Home, Inc., Camden, NY. Calling hours will be held prior to services from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the church, 2410 State Route 49, North Bay, NY 13123. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Boys Town (www.boystown.org) or to the Southern Poverty Law Center (www.splcenter.org).

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Donald and Shelly Matthews
   Posted Thu November 29, 2018
Our deepest condolences to the family of Elmer. We had a great childhood time all through school. I remember many times staying at the old homestead when younger and eating tomatoes out of the garden by the house. He was a big boy growing up and that big stride of his. LOL. We had a lot of laughs together. Great easy going. Didn't see much of him after high school few times years later, but he never changed. Always Hey Don how they going with a hand shake. I will think of him always as how kind he was. He will be missed by many.

Fran (Vanslyke) Patt
   Posted Sat December 01, 2018
I am so sorry for the family. He will always be in my heart.

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