Gerald Wayne Holmes

June 26, 1933April 3, 2014

The Reverend Gerald Wayne Holmes, 80, of Duluth, passed away peacefully on April 3, 2014 at the Benedictine Health Center.

Gerald was born June 26, 1933 in Biwabik, MN. He was a graduate of Virginia High School, the University of Minnesota, and Bethel Seminary. Gerald served as a pastor for Scandia Baptist Church in Waconia, MN and Kulm Baptist Church in North Dakota. He also served as chaplain at the Duluth Bethel Mission and retired from the Duluth Transit Authority. Gerald will be remembered by many as a man of God and also for his great sense of humor.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Jean of 57 years; father, Wayne and mother, Lyla; foster parents, Clyde and Lila Semon; sisters, Dorothy, Joyce, and Florence; and brother, Floyd.

Gerald is survived by daughters, Kathy (Steve) Rudh, Tammy (David) Paulson; son, Paul Holmes; grandchildren, Nathan Paulson and Nicole (Sam) Lewis; great grandchildren, Lindsay, Jackson, and Maxwell; brothers, Walter Holmes and Richard Semon; and sister, Evelyn Nitso. Many thanks to the staff at the Benedictine Health Center, his church family at Emmanuel Baptist, and his long-time neighbors and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Bob Schwartz, Jr. with MMS, 24387 Airport Rd. Coshocton, OH 43812.

Pastor David Mork will be officiating a Service of Remembrance on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 1 p.m. with a visitation one hour prior at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1505 Eklund Ave, in Duluth. Please leave a memory of Gerald or words of support for the family at


  • Funeral Service Thursday, April 10, 2014
  • Visitation Thursday, April 10, 2014

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Shelly Amos

April 10, 2014

I worked with Gerry for many years at the DTA. Gerry was a friend to everyone.
Gerry married me and my husband in 1997. He did a wonderful job, even added his great sense of humor to the vows. He made that day special.
Gerry will be missed. I'm glad to have known him.

Graden Grobe

April 8, 2014


Jim Morgan

April 8, 2014

Worked with Gerry at DTA for many of the nicest men I've had the pleasure of working with, men of His character are few.