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J Don Holmes

November 21, 1930 ~ March 29, 2017 (age 86)

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J Don Holmes, 86, of Augusta, Illinois died at 11:15 am Wednesday March 29, 2017 at his home near Augusta.


He was born on November 21, 1930 in Quincy, IL to Claude and Helen Johnston Holmes. He married Donna Barrett Wood on July 3, 1976 in Macomb, IL. She survives.


Mr. Holmes was a longtime farmer in Augusta and was also the co-owner of Holmes Equipment Company in Augusta for 54 years. He was a 1948 graduate of Quincy High School and attended Gem City Business College in Quincy. J Don was an active member of the Bowen Christian Church and was instrumental with the planning and construction of the new church building in 2001. He was a life member of Denver Lodge #0464 AF & AM.


He is survived by his wife Donna, 2 sons, Alan (Nancy) Holmes of Sebring, FL, Ray (Janice) Holmes of Clayton, IL, a daughter, Jill (Raymond) Steiger of St. Louis, MO, a step-son Phillip Wood of West Point, IL, a step-daughter, Cindy Twidwell of Plymouth, IL, 11 grandchildren, Alana Murphy, Ross Holmes, Grant, Brock and Sadie Steiger, Jacquelyn Haschemeyer, Nicole Huppe, Brandon, Brett and Brittany Twidwell and Bryer Cludray,6 great-grandsons, 3 brothers-in-law, Lee Robertson, Kermit (Janet) Barrett and Carl (Ruth) Barrett and numerous nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by a daughter, Jan Holmes, 2 brothers Max and Rex Holmes, a sister, Lydia Robertson and a sister-in-law, Barbara Holmes.


Services will be held at 11:00 am Monday April 3, 2017 at the Bowen Christian Church in Bowen, IL by Pastor SoeBeck Song. Private family burial will be in Woodlawn cemetery in Augusta. Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 5:00 Sunday afternoon at the Bowen Christian Church. Memorials may be made to the Woodlawn Cemetery Association or the Southeastern Food Pantry.


The Hamilton Funeral Home in Augusta, IL is handling arrangements.

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