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Richard W. "Dick" Holmes

November 22, 1938 — October 25, 2022

Richard W. “Dick” Holmes, 83, passed away at Franciscan Health Indianapolis on October 25, 2022. Dick was born on November 22, 1938, in Logansport, Indiana to the late James and Dorothy (Heslar) Holmes. On February 15, 1958, he wed Mary N. McKay in Kokomo, Indiana; she survives.

Dick was a graduate of Peru High School in the class of 1956. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Purdue University and continued his graduate education at Butler University by earning a Master’s degree in Business Administration. Dick was employed by AT&T until he retired in 1992. A hardworking individual, Dick went on to work for Indiana State Intelenet until he officially retired in 2002. During Dick’s collegiate tenure, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He proudly served in the 81st airborne unit and artillery rifle team; Dick was honorably discharged in 1963.

If it involved classic cars or antiques, Dick could tell you anything you needed to know about it. He could identify specific makes and models from just a small part of a car. When it came to new projects or learning, he approached every task with determination. Dick was very generous with his time and knowledge, he was prepared to help any family member, friend, or neighbor with their projects. He taught thermal dynamics through Purdue Extension also.

Dick enjoyed a good game of golf. He was a member of The Legends Golf Club in Franklin, the American Legion, and the Indiana Lefthanders Golf Association.

Along with his parents, Dick was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Jeffrey Wallace, Jr.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Mary N. Holmes; his daughters, Marcie Wallace and Tara Holmes; his granddaughters, Amanda and Amelia; a host of friends and extended family members.

At Dick’s request, no formal funeral service will be held at this time. O’Riley – Branson Funeral Service & Crematory, 6107 South East Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46227, is handling cremation arrangements for the Holmes family. Please visit to share a favorite memory of Dick with his family.

And you better not forget, “you’re on waivers!” -Dick

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