In Memory

J Robert Holmes - Class Of 1942

J Robert Holmes

On November 22, 2015, Joseph Robert (Bob) Holmes of Meadowlakes, Texas, died at the age of 91. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Hilda Holmes, and brothers Jack and James. He is survived by his wife, Winifred Holmes, son Christopher Holmes of Houston, daughter Suzanne Salings and husband Brian of Kentucky, two grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Bob was born in Ashland, Kansas July 24, 1924. At the age of four, the family moved to southern California where he grew up. At the age of 18 he went into the US Army and served with the 78th Infantry Division in the European campaign. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge, the American Campaign and European/African/Middle East Medal with three campaign stars, the Distinguished Unit Badge, Expert Rifleman Badge and Good Conduct Medal. While at Kansas State University, Bob was in advanced ROTC, eventually rising to the rank of Cadet Colonel and Battalion commander and was finally commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Reserves.

While Bob was attending Kansas State University, he had a blind date with a good looking airline hostess who ended up being his lifetime wife. Bob said that this was the best thing that ever happened to him. Before moving to Meadowlakes, Bob and Win lived in Manhattan, Kansas, Pratt, Kansas, Kansas City, Missouri, Alice Texas, Dallas and Houston, Texas. They have lived in Texas since 1954. While in Houston, Bob and Win's happy times were spent cruising Galveston Bay in their 27' sailboat. This hobby kept them busy on weekends for many years.

Bob retired from Solar Turbines, Inc in December 1984. He served as a Senior Sales Engineer. Bob was an active member of St Peter's Lutheran Church, having served on the Church Council, and as a Lector and Usher. He had been a long-term member of Highland Lakes birding and Wildflower Society and Marble Falls Seniors Activity Center. He was also a member of the Highland Lakes Flyers Club which was his favorite hobby of radio controlled model airplanes. After retiring, Bob and Win traveled extensively with their truck, pulling a large 5th wheel trailer throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Bob had stated that life has been very good to him, having a loving and caring wife for 68 years and two great kids.