John F. "Jack" Holmes, 76, of 1062 Lakeview Ave. died unexpectedly at 8:35 a.m.
Tuesday (January 6, 2009) in the emergency room of W.C.A. Hospital.
A lifelong area resident, he was born February 11, 1932 in Jamestown, NY a son of the late Raymond and Alice Oberg Holmes.
He was a 1950 graduate of Jamestown High School and served for a short time in the New York Army National Guard.
Before his retirement he was employed by Alltel, Inc. as an engineer retiring in 1992. He worked for Alltel for over 30 years beginning as a lineman and working within several divisions of Alltel.
He was a longtime active member of the Camp St. United Methodist Church where he served in many capacities including the finance chairman for several years. He was also a member of the Lakewood Rod & Gun Club, the Herman Kent Post # 777, American Legion, the Ingjald Lodge # 65 Independent Order of the Vikings, the Telephone Pioneers, the Koinonia of Jamestown and was a former member of the Jamestown Rotary Club. He also served on the Babe Ruth World Series Committee where he installed the communications system at Diethrick Park for the Babe Ruth World Series.
Surviving are his wife, the former Diane R. Carlson, whom he married November 7, 1953; two son's Michael J. Holmes of Jamestown, Jeffrey R. (Janice) Holmes of Midlothian,VA; a daughter Susan H. (Frederick) Bell of Forestville; three grandchildren, Rebecca Holmes of Boston, NY, Lisa Holmes of Hamburg, NY, Corey Bell of Forestville; two great granddaughters Hannah and Emma Cross of Boston, NY; and a stepsister, Phyllis (Dick) Bjork of Lakewood.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother Gordon R. Holmes.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday in the Camp St. United Methodist Church. The Rev. Mark Parsons, pastor and the Rev.
Aaron Bjork, pastor of the Buffalo St. United Methodist Church will officiate. Inurnment will be in the Lake View Cemetery.
Friends will be received from 4-7 p.m. Friday in the Lind Funeral Home where the Koinonia Community of Jamestown will sing at 6:45 p.m. Friday.
Memorials may be made to the Camp St. United Methodist Church, 110 Sanford Dr., Jamestown, NY 14701 or to the American Lung Association of Western New York, 210 John Glenn Dr. #3 Buffalo, NY 14228.