Herbert Donald Holmes

Tawas City, Michigan
April 10, 1934 - December 9, 2019


Saturday, December 14, 2019
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Service Location

Buresh Funeral Home ~ Tawas Chapel


Saturday, December 14, 2019
1:00 PM

Obituary Notice

Herbert Donald Holmes
Age 85, of Tawas City and Grant Township, died on Monday, December 9, 2019 at Tawas Village in East Tawas, Michigan. Herb was born the son of Roy and Golda (Brussel) Holmes on April 10, 1934 in Tawas City, Michigan. He graduated from Tawas Area High School and served in active duty in the Army 1952-1954. Herb worked for over 30 years with D & M Railway Company as a Brakeman and Conductor. His long career with the railroad forged lifelong friendships with co-workers and train lovers who would bring homemade cookies for the crew. He retired in 1988 from D&M Railway and soon began to enjoy his hard-earned retirement years! Herb and Gerry wintered in Green Valley, Arizona where he was a ranger for the Little Tortuga Golf Club and enjoyed playing golf as often as he could. Herb loved square dancing and simply enjoyed listening to a variety of different music. He was a sincere hearted man who passionately did all he could to help less fortunate children. For many years, he willingly gave many volunteer hours with the local 4H Chapter. Herb was also a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association (NRA), a member of the Tawas Elks, and a member of the American Legion. In his younger years, Herb was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a former Sunday School Superintendent of Christ Episcopal Church in East Tawas and was active in supporting Christian education for the youth. The sport of baseball was near and dear to Herb and he will always be remembered for his faithful following of the Detroit Tigers! Herb is survived by his 3 loving children, Donald (Penny) Robey, Pamela (Robert) Miller, and Debra (Dan) Barry; 15 grandchildren, Jason, Rob, Bill, Cindy, Katie, Dan, Andrew, Mary, Luke, Don, Kyle, Patrick, Charlie, John, and Bryan; 24 great grandchildren; and many extended family members, and special friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife and his siblings, Andy Holmes, Dave Holmes, Viola Purtee and Rosetta Brown. A Funeral service is scheduled for Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 1:00 PM at the Buresh Funeral Home in Tawas City with his Grandson William Robey officiating. His family will welcome friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 11:00 AM until the time of the funeral. Herb will be laid to rest in the Pioneer Cemetery in Grant Township. Those wishing to express their condolences through a memorial contribution may wish to consider a donation to the Iosco County 4 H in his name. An online guest registry is available at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.


Iosco County 4 H


Pioneer Cemetery


Deb and family so sorry for your loss,,,,,Your dad was such a wonderful gentle man,,,,May he rest in peace
— Patti and Dennis Whitford
So very sorry for your loss...prayers for your family.
— Valarie Peterson
So sorry for your loss. Your dad was a gem. He was a 4-H volunteer for 30 years. I remember him as the 4-H Leaders' Council's Silent Auction Coordinator. He was very passionate about 4-H and the silent auction. Even though he had to retire as the Silent Auction Coordinator in 2007 he still cared and would call every year to inquire how much money they made at the auction. Praying for your family.
— Cindy Anderson
Sorry for your loss . He was a great man remembering him on the train when I was just a young boy at his brothers house . My Uncle Andy Holmes.
— Andy Ryan
Deb and family--so sorry for your loss--your parents were great people--I would not have been able to own a horse if it wasn't for your family--they are in my thoughts often--as well as you!!!
— April Johnson
Deb and family...my sincere sympathy on the loss of your dad and so close to losing your mom. I remember them both from working at the D&M years ago and also from Sunday School at Christ Church.
— Sandy Chapman
God Bless and comfort.
Herb and I go back 50 years. We had some great times fishing. Got a pretty good deer story too.
He had a heart of gold.
We had some nice visits in the last year or so.
It's a comfort to me that Herb is in a better place now. My late brother Ron also thought the world of Herb.
— Dan Soults
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Herbie, he and Geri were cousins of my dad and mom(Don and Beryl Long) Sad to get older and have all the people we love and respect pass away, I guess it gives us hope that heaven will be all that's promised. Until we all meet again. May God Bless you and get you through this difficult time.
— Marti Long Diamond

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