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Robert Arvid Holmes


Robert 'Bob' Arvid Holmes

Robert "Bob" A. Holmes, 70, of Duluth, Minn., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, at home. He was born Oct. 4, 1943, in Minneapolis, Minn., to Carlton and Inez (Sonquist) Holmes and graduated from Duluth Central High School in 1961. In life, Bob was a friendly, loving family man who loved reading (especially Louis L'Amour), dining out, and playing cards with friends, and traveling. Bob worked as a forger for Diamond Tool for 23 years, retiring in 1994. He was united in marriage to Kathryn Berg on Dec. 26, 1975. Bob was a longtime resident of Fredenberg and had many jobs including delivering newspapers, phone books, and night manager at J. & A. Hamburgers in downtown Duluth. Bob loved playing cards, Bloody Marys, and chicken enchiladas. He was a member of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Esko, Minn., and sang in the Arnold Church Choir and Carolyn Chorale.


Bob was preceded in death by his parents; his step-mother, Alice Holmes; and his wife, Kathryn.

He is survived by his children, Michael (Jazmyn) Holmes, Shawn (Lynnae) Holmes, Eric Holmes, and Kim (Dan) Linder whom he considered his own; grandchildren, Taylor, Jacob, Daniel, Nathan and Ethan; brothers, Thomas (Jan) and Lawrence; sister, Signe (Joe) Perigoue; and nieces, nephews, friends, and extended family.

Visitation was held Saturday, Feb. 8, from 1 p.m. until the 2 p.m. memorial service at Nelson Funeral Care in Cloquet, followed by a luncheon in the fellowship room.

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February 13, 2014 ~ Pine Journal, Cloquet, Minn.