(Deceber 3, 1937 – December 5, 2015)
Donald J. Holmes, 78, of Midland passed away at Bickford of Midland on Saturday, December 5, 2015. Don was born December 3, 1937 in St. Louis, Michigan to the late Harold J. and Eloise D. (Kiter) Holmes. On September 30, 1961 he married Karen Emerson who predeceased him on July 19, 2012.Don attended Northeast the year it opened. He was fond of telling everyone that his gym classes took place on a dirt floor. Don graduated 1956 from Midland High School as part of the last graduating classes from what is now Central Middle School. Don served in the US Army from 1961-1963 stationed at White Sands Missile Base. Don was known to work any job that would support his family including time with the Midland Paper Company and custodial at Midland Public Schools. Don was hired at Dow Corning Corporation in June 1972 retiring in October of 1997.Don enjoyed throwing horseshoes with the Midland Horseshoe Club during the warmer months. In the colder months he played pool at the Midland Community Center Senior Activities Center with friends.Don is survived by his children Cynthia (Gary) Benner of Midland, Alaine (Bradley) Massey of Big Rapids, and Florence (Larry) Randall of Midland, grandchildren; Michael Benner, Matthew Massey, Jacob Benner, Elizabeth Massey and Sarah Massey. He is also survived by his brother John (Diana) Holmes, sisters-in-law Alice (Jack) Crittenden, Carolyn Laplow, Laura (John) Sasse and brother-in-law James (Susan) Emerson.Don was predeceased by his sister Judith Holmes Schallhorn.A funeral service will be held at St. John?ÇÖs Lutheran Church on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 10:30 am with Pastor Daniel Kempin officiating. Visitation will take place at Smith-Miner Funeral Home on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 from 4 until 7 pm and at the church on Wednesday from 9:30 am until the time of service.Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Midland Horseshoe Club and St. John?ÇÖs Lutheran Church.On line condolences can be left at smithminer.com.