OBITUARY - CURTIS ALAN HOLMES
Curtis Alan HOLMES was born May 17, 1959, at the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr, Iowa, and departed this life on
December 20, 1999, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Curtis was born to Amy Ruth and Wilson HOLMES and grew up
in Kellerton, Iowa with his brothers John HOLMES and baby brother Rodney Eugene HOLMES. He also spent much of his young
life in rural Mount Ayr with his sister Kathryn, her husband Edwin (whom he called Dad), Grandpa and Grandma STILL,
Douglas, Ronche and Gregory STILL.
Curtis worked in Des Moines training guard dogs for Blanket Security in 1979 until becoming ill. While Curtis was in
the hospital in Des Moines, he met the love of his life and soulmate, Martina MORGAN (whom he lovingly called "Toddy").
With sincere dedication, Curtis devoted his life to Toddy and Christina Marie ("Marie").
Curtis enjoyed all of nature and especially hunting with his family and friends. Some of his most memorable hunting
experiences were with his brothers and "Friget, Bach and Triple J." He was never too busy to stop and have a few laughs
and some serious debate. He loved his dogs and became a breeder of German wirehair terriers. Curtis served 10 years on
the Kellerton volunteer fire department until his health no longer permitted.
The highlights of his life were his nephews, Chad and Travis HOLMES, and his three grandsons, Shawn, David and Shelby.
His admiration was obvious to anyone who would look at his wallet with its twenty-some pictures.
He was preceded in death by his father Wilson Henry HOLMES, and his mother Amy Ruth HOLMES. His mom passed from this
earth less than one month ago, and Curtis is with his mom, catching up on all of the Kellerton gossip at this time.
Left to cherish his memories are: loving spouse and mate Martina HOLMES of Kellerton; daughter Christina HOLMES of Des
Moines; son-in-law David KELLER, Jr., and grandsons, Shawn, David and Shelby of Kellerton; sisters, Kathryn STILL and
Janet HOLMES of Springfield, Missouri; and brothers, David HOLMES and family of Oakton, Virginia, John HOLMES and family
of Ringgold county and Rodney HOLMES and family of Kellerton. Others whom Curtis knew as brothers were Douglas and Ronche
STILL and families of Mount Ayr, and Greg STILL and family of Creston.
Many will remember Curtis for his laugh, his adoration of children, his love of animals and his ability to tell those
tall tales that made you laugh longer and harder each time that you heard them. We will all miss his smile and those
group hugs that were so much a part of our family.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, December 23, 1999 at Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home with Reverend Jeff
FLAGG officiating. Casketbearers were Brad STILL, Doug FROST, Mike Stark, LeRoy Morse, Billy STARK and Mr. Fridget ROE.
Honorary pallbearers were Barry SCHUSTER, Marion STARK, Jamie REETZE, Barry JACKSON, Bobby BRANCHCOMB, Brian POINTDEXTER,
Melvin DOOLITTLE and Jimmy JUERGENS.
Interment was in the Maple Row Cemetery, Kellerton.
Transciption by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2010
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