Max Holmes

October 10, 1923 ~
April 29, 2021

Max E. Holmes, age 97, passed away on Thursday, April 29, 2021. Max lived in Standale for over 73 years. He was a loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He proudly served in the Army Air Force, during World War II. During his retirement, Max enjoyed playing golf, winters in Florida, and working in his garden and yard. He was a lifelong member of the Grand Rapids Elks and the Highlands Country Club. Max was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ellen “Pete” Holmes; and his brother, Leonard Holmes. He will be lovingly remembered by his children, Pat and Mary Lou Holmes, Larry and Debbie Holmes; grandchildren, Kim and Tom Holloway, Kelli Holmes, Julie and Ted Gerrard, Ken and Kristi Sremba, Joe and Amy Sremba, Sally and Tim Bosch; 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Frieda Gilbert; friend of 75 years, Ed Wieck, from the “club”; and many nieces and nephews. A private family graveside service will be held at Rosedale Memorial Park. The family would like to express their appreciation to Max’s caregiver Dann, from Senior Helpers, and the nurses and staff at SKLD Leonard Nursing Home. In Max’s memory, please pour yourself a glass of Jameson, smoke a cigar, scoop some ice cream, or play a round of golf. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to AgeWell Services or Senior Helpers.

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May 02, 2021 3:44pm
Pat and Larry and families, I was so sad to hear that Max is gone. What a guy, I will always have such great memories of him and Pete. That picture says it all. Hopefully I may have a chance to see all of you this summer. I bought a condo in GR for the summers. All my best wishes go out to all of you. With Love, Andy Z

- Andy Zamiara

May 02, 2021 2:13pm
Pat, Larry and families. Mary Lou and I are very sorry to learn of the loss of your dad. I have wonderful memories of golf with Max and both of you. Best to each of you.

- Dick Whiting

May 01, 2021 10:47am
Pat, Larry and families, The DeYoung ‘kids’ will forever remember your dad with great fondness. He and your mom were such great friends, and our summer stays at your cottage are some of our best memories. Our sympathies to you. Mary, Karen, John and David.

- Mary DeYoung

April 30, 2021 10:37am
Rest in peace dear friend. Really enjoyed our talks coffee together and sharing past memories . Bob the bus driver

- Neighborhood friend Bob

April 30, 2021 8:42am
RIP Uncle Max. You will be missed.

- Cheri Shears

April 30, 2021 8:35am
Max! You were a shining smile in my life! I will always remember you with love!

- Kathleen ( Oumedian) Ladwig

April 29, 2021 7:43pm
Out of the hundreds of clients I have had over the years Max is one I will never forget. We always had a good time even when I was helping him with the most mundane things. He was a great guy with such a wonderful sense of humor and an uncanny ability to laugh at himself and me-(sometimes I deserved it)! He just always made me feel like a friend. What a great family too, I will always remember Max and am grateful for the privilege of knowing him. You’re all in my thoughts and prayers.

- Dann Youle

April 29, 2021 6:11pm
Peg and I would like to express our deepest sympathy for your loss. What a wonderful and loving life he had with family and friends. I will always cherish the times we spent golfing, eating and sharing stories. He will be deeply missed but never forgotten. With all our love, Bill and Peggy Ham

- William and Peggy Ham




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