James Anthony Holmes

James Anthony Holmes

September 11, 1924 - December 04, 2010

James Anthony Holmes

September 11, 1924 - December 04, 2010


James ‘Jim’ Anthony Holmes, of Mission Viejo, CA died on Saturday, December 4, 2010, at the age of 86, after suffering a stroke. Jim was born in Chamberlain, South Dakota on September 11, 1924 to Harry and Gertrude Holmes. Jim and his siblings, Robert, Carol, and Paul, were raised in Wahpeton, North Dakota. Jim graduated from Wahpeton High School in 1941. He enlisted in the Army in 1943, was wounded during combat in April 1944, and was awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for bravery.

Jim graduated from USC in 1948. He worked for Voit Rubber Company for 30 years, and retired in 1986.

Jim married Elayne Hamerlik in 1947, and they had two children, Roxanne and James. Jim married Viola Lohman in 1957, and the couple was married for 43 years.

An avid golfer, bowler, and USC football fan, Jim was also an active member of the Mission Viejo and Casta del Sol communities.

Jim is survived by his daughter, son, two granddaughters, two nephews, three nieces, four grandnephews, six grandnieces, two great-grandnephews, and one great-grandniece.

A viewing/rosary for James A. Holmes will be held on Thursday, December 9, 2010 from 7-9 PM at St. Kilian Catholic Church in Mission Viejo. Funeral services will be held at St. Kilian’s on Friday, December 10, 2010 at 10:30 AM, followed by a burial ceremony at Ascension Cemetery in Lake Forest and a reception at Norman P. Murray Senior Center in Mission Viejo at 1:30 PM.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of Mr. Holmes to the Mission Viejo Friends of the Library.

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6 responses to James Anthony Holmes

  1. Roxanne,

    I never had the pleasure of meeting your Dad, but of course heard so much about him. I am sending my support in prayer for you and your family for the loss and the strength to make it through this time.

    Duane and I are sending out condolences with love.

    Amber Sullivan

  2. Greg Russo says:

    Roxanne-You are in our thoughts. Your father was a great man and he certainly raised a great woman. Becka and I hope that you celebrate his life and memory.

  3. Roxanne:

    Please know that you and your family are in my prayers during this difficult time. I pray for peace, strength and comfort.

    Take care of yourself.

  4. We are keeping you all in our prayers and thoughts. May all those many shared memories of family gatherings, parties and Uncle Jim’s love of those USC games comfort you as you move through this tough time. All our best and love,

  5. So sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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