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H. Robert Holmes

April 28, 1939 ~ December 7, 2023 (age 84) 84 Years Old

H. Holmes Obituary

H. Robert (Bob) Holmes, age 84, passed away December 7, 2023, at his residence. He was preceded in death by his wife Rosalie Fleming.  Mr. Holmes was born April 28, 1939, to the late Paul L. and Elizabeth Holmes. He graduated from Martinsville High School in 1957 and served in the Army and Army Reserve from 1958-1963. He farmed and was active in the National Farmers Organization and National Tractor Pulling Association, during which time he was a designer/builder of early modified pulling tractors. In later years he was involved in engine repowering for delivery fleets and in the performance clutch industry. He remained a guru and consultant to sporting teams into his 80’s. He was a voracious reader, independent thinker, and steward of the land who enjoyed sharing his resources and love of music with family and a wide circle of friends.  His surviving family and many friends will miss his wisdom, irreverence, quick wit, and extensive repertoire of jokes. His surviving children are Steven (Melissa) Holmes of Martinsville, Leigh Ann Holmes, Jon (Ji Young) Holmes of Daegu, South Korea, Daniel (Penny) Holmes of Maineville, and Holly (Jarett) Roush of Morrow; surviving grandchildren Stevie Holmes, Kylie Holmes, Alix Holmes, Zachary (Elizabeth) Holmes, Joshua Holmes, Layna Holmes, Rebecca Holmes, Lillian Holmes, Leo Holmes, Leslie Holmes, Audrey Roush and Gabriella Roush; surviving siblings Paul (Joan) Holmes, Jr., Paula Holmes, Mary Banner, and Linda (Andrew) Dervan. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife preceding him in death are a son, Phillip Holmes, and a sister Betty Stevenson.  Visiting hours will be held Friday, December 15, 2023, 4-6 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home in Wilmington. A private interment will be held at the convenience of the family. To leave an on-line condolence, please visit, or see our Facebook page Brown Funeral Home. 


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December 15, 2023

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
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237 W. Main Street
Wilmington, OH 45177


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