Robert Allen Holmes was born August 21, 1924, at Fedora, SD, to Peter and Mary (Larson) Holmes. He grew up and attended school at Fedora and graduated from Fedora High School. In 1943, he entered the US Army and served in Europe during World War II. On November 26, 1949, he married Veronica McDonald at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell. He was employed at the Armour Creamery in Mitchell for many years and was a custodian at Holy Spirit Catholic Church and School, until his retirement. He was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, the Elks Lodge, Moose Lodge, American Legion and VFW.
He is survived by four children: Richard Holmes and wife, Mary of Sioux Falls, SD, Dr. Douglas Holmes and wife, Marcie of Kearney, NE, Shellie Davis and husband, Ron of Spearfish, SD, Bonnie Holmes of Martinez, CA; eleven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Veronica, March 8, 1998, twelve brothers and sisters and his parents.