Leroy K. Holmes

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.

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Wanda Turcotte
January 24, 2023 at 8:14 am

Thinking of and praying for the Holmes family.

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Angelia Dalman
January 24, 2023 at 10:48 pm

I have known Leroy since I was seven. Our whole family came to know Jesus because of this man’s testimony. I am so thankful for this man being a part of my life and the wonderful man of God he was. Angelia Dalman

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Marilee Clark
January 25, 2023 at 9:03 am

I worked with Leroy for many years, and admired his ability, steady reliability and quiet humor; he was a valued member of our team. It was an honor and a pleasure to know him as a coworker and friend.

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Jack Mulholland
January 25, 2023 at 10:50 pm

I have known Leroy from back in our high school days where we both marched in the high school band at many football games and several Memorial day parades. He was a very nice and friendly young man and a darned good tuba player.

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John Hayden
January 26, 2023 at 3:16 pm

Leroy was a highly principled and faithful servant of Christ and His church.

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Chris, Elena, Sterling, Kylee, Violet, and James
January 27, 2023 at 1:18 pm

John 11:25-26
Jesus said unto her, “I am the resurrection and the Life. He that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live; [26] and whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die. Believest thou this?”

We Love you Aunt Julie, and family. You have, and will be in our thoughts and prayers.

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Mike Brooks
January 30, 2023 at 3:27 pm

thoughts and prayers to the entire family .

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CAREY MOORE
January 31, 2023 at 10:54 am

I KNEW LEROY FROM CR BAPTIST CHURCH AND AS A SKILLED TRADES SUPERVISOR AT OLDS PRESS ROOM. I’VE MET VERY FEW MEN WHO HAD THE INTEGRITY OF THIS MAN. ALSO ADMIRED HIS CALMNESS AND WRY HUMOR. HE WAS A GREAT EXAMPLE TO HUSBANDS AND FATHERS EVERYWHERE. SURELY THE WORLD IS DIMINISHED BY HIS PASSING.

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