Age 85, of Mason, MI, went to be with his Lord and Savior January 23, 2023. He was born March 10, 1937, in Mason, MI to Glen and Esther (Kennedy) Holmes. As a teenager he accepted God’s free gift of eternal life through faith in Jesus’ substitutionary sacrifice. He served many years as a deacon and treasurer at Columbia Road Baptist Church. In later years at South Church, he served as a driver for seniors’ events and special needs transportation.
Leroy graduated from Mason High School where he played tuba in the marching band. While in high school he worked in Oldsmobile’s forge plant and later completed an apprenticeship as a die maker. He earned an Associate Degree in accounting from Lansing Community College and retired in 1992 from the State of Michigan as an auditor.
Time with family was a priority for Leroy who made sure family vacations were spent traveling through the United States to see and appreciate God’s creation. At home he would initiate playing games and solving puzzles. He, along with his wife, attended their children’s countless sporting and band events. After retiring, he and Lois undertook many homestead improvement projects. He also enthusiastically enjoyed researching his genealogy.
He is survived by his childhood sweetheart and love of his life, Lois (Eifert) Holmes, whom he married March 2, 1957; 4 children: Julie (Steve) Deller, Bernie (Marcia – deceased) Holmes, Penny (Ron) Kitchen and Helen (John) Lauterbach; 9 grandchildren: Paul (Leissan) Deller, David (Erica) Deller, Elisabeth Deller, Daniel (Stacey) Deller, Tyler (Ashley) Holmes, Vaughn (Kate) Holmes, Britteny (Joshua) Papic, Luke (Stacie) Lauterbach, and Jacob Lauterbach; 8 great-grandchildren: Gideon Deller, Joseph and Renton (Hill) and Juniper Holmes, Helena and Adelaide Papic, Elon and Ada Lauterbach; and brother: Raymond Holmes of Tennessee. Leroy was preceded in death by his two sisters: Helen Bedell and Rebecca Helmker.
Visitation will be held 4-7 p.m. Sunday, January 29, 2023, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, 325 W. Washtenaw St. and 10-11 a.m. Monday, January 30, 2023, at South Church, 5250 Cornerstone Dr., Lansing. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 30 at South Church. Interment will be at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Holt, MI.
To live stream the funeral service go to www.southlife.org/funeral.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the City Rescue Mission of Lansing.