Robert L. Holmes

Jan. 25, 1941 - Dec. 29, 2017



     Sunday, December 31, 2017
     2-4 and 7-9 P.M.

     Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home
     & Memorial Service, Inc.


Funeral Services:

     Monday, January 1, 2018
     10:00 A.M.

     Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home
     & Memorial Service, Inc.



     White Cemetery
     Rushford, NY


may be made to:

     Rushford Volunteer Fire Dept.
     8911 Upper Street
     Rushford, NY 14777

     Western New York Chapter
     of the Alzheimer's Association
     2805 Wehrle Drive
     Buffalo, NY 14221

     Hospice Buffalo
     225 Como Park Blvd.
     Cheektowaga, NY 14227

Robert Lee Holmes
Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather
Robert L. Holmes, 76, formerly of 8936 Upper Street, Rushford, passed away Friday, December 29, 2017 at Fiddlers Green Manor, Springville after a lengthy illness.

Born on January 25, 1941, in Farmersville, he was a son of Virgil and Grace Burrell Holmes. On August 18, 1962 in the Hume Methodist Church he married his wife of 55 years the former Edith M. France who survives.

Bob was a graduate of Rushford Central School Class of 1959. After high school he worked on a farm for a couple years and then went to work for Dean Thornton driving truck. He also drove for a short period of time for Boehmer and Worster Motor Lines.

In the early 70's he purchased his first truck and began driving over the road. In 1976, he purchased Marvin Pomeroy's Quaker State Oil distributorship and owned that for the next twenty-five years. During those years he started driving bus for the Rushford Central School and continued driving after the merger and retiring from Cuba Rushford School after 30 years. He loved treating all the children throughout the years as if they were his own and found his greatest joy in helping others whenever possible. He especially enjoyed the sporting trips and purchasing meals for the teams afterwards.

In 1986, he and his wife co-owned and operated the Country Oven Bakery in Rushford until their daughter took over the business in 1996.

He and his wife traveled extensively throughout the United States in their fifth wheel camper, but especially enjoyed the New England States, meeting many people along the way.

Bob was a member of the Rushford Volunteer Fire Department and at one time served as Fire Commissioner.

In addition to his loving and devoted wife he is survived by a son, Robert V. (Tammy) Holmes of Rushford; two daughters, Laurie Sledge of Olean and Tracy (Rick) Vedder of Yorkshire; six grandchildren, Nathan, Kristin (Luanne), Jaleesa, Ryan (Amanda), Erick (Brianna), and Jacob; three great grandchildren, Abigail, Cameron, & Sullivan; a brother, Sam (June) Holmes of Dale, NY; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, a son-in-law George Sledge, and his daughter Laurie's partner Muhummed Ramadhan.

Friends will be received at the Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home & Memorial Service, Inc., 9 Bull Street, Cuba on Sunday, December 31, 2017 from 2-4 & 7-9 P.M. Funeral Services will be held in the funeral home on Monday, January 1, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. The Rev. Robert Dievendorf, pastor of Arcade United Church of Christ, Congregational, will officiate.

Burial will be in White Cemetery, Rushford, on Tuesday, January 2, 2017 at 10:30.

Memorials in Bob's name may be made to the Rushford Volunteer Fire Department, 8911 Upper Street, Rushford, NY 14777, Western New York Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, 2805 Wehrle Drive, Buffalo, NY 14221, or to Hospice Buffalo, 225 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga, NY 14227.

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