OBITUARY

Ronald Eugene Holmes

February 27, 1937December 4, 2018
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Tuesday, December 04, 2018 at 2:25pm, surrounded by the love of family, Ronald Eugene Holmes, taking his last breath, shed his mortal coil, and peacefully passed through the veil.

Born on February 27, 1937 in Kansas City, Kansas, to Juanita (Bluford) Macklin and raised by Alma and Jess Holmes, he studied Engineering and Langston University in Langston, Oklahoma with his sight on becoming an architect. He left the university to answer a different calling, and joined the United States Marine Corps serving three tours of duty in Vietnam.

He earned multiple awards during his twenty-six plus years of service. Honors include; the Purple Heart, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, and Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Commendation. Other medals and commendations were, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Certificate of Commendation, Letter of Appreciation, Meritorious Mast, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Certificate of Achievement, Certificate of Congratulations, M-14 (Rifle)(Expert), and .45 (Pistol)(Sharp Shooter). While performing his military duties, he also coached the Marine Basketball All-Stars team where he led them to many championships. He retired from the service as Marine 1st Sergeant in June of 1982, settling his family in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Resting on his laurels was not Ronald’s style. Following his departure from the military, he re-enrolled in college at IPFW, focusing on History and Education. Upon graduation, he taught Government and History for twenty-five years at FWCS South Side High School, and later he obtained his Master’s Degree and became the department head. He took on coaching the freshman basketball team at Concordia Lutheran High School and later became an Assistant Coach of the Varsity Team. He also served the area as an organizer in the summer basketball league for Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation.

Ronald’s influence and teachings are more far reaching than he may have realized. He touched the lives of his students, even the one he made carry their desk to the principal’s office, colleagues, his friends, and especially his family. He was a true force of nature that nurtured and encouraged as well as challenged.

Ronald was a man who believed in hard work and pushing beyond perceived limits to reach goals otherwise though unattainable. He believed in the potential of others to become more than who or what they thought. He enjoyed watching them spread their wings and fly. Ronald was many things to many people. He was a coach, a counselor. He was a cheerleader or a drill sergeant. He was a teacher, a mentor, a friend, and a colleague. For his family, he was their cornerstone…the anchor that kept them grounded when the world became chaotic. He was the bastion of safety and security. He was their home base. He was their center.

He will be missed by many, but especially by his wife of forty-five years, Claire "Cookie", his children, Terry, Joyce, and Michelle, his grandchildren, Automne, Victoria, Andrew, Malorie, Trey, Adrian, Clarissa, Cameron, Miyah, and Maddax, and his seven great grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life Service is 5pm on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at Hockemeyer and Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Rd., Fort Wayne, with calling three hours prior. Calling will also be 6-8pm on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at the funeral home. Committal Service will be 10:00am on Monday, December 10, 2018 at Marion National Cemetery, 1700 E 38th St., Marion, Indiana, 46953. Hockemeyer and Miller Funeral Home kindly requests that if you would like to attend the Committal Service at Marion National Cemetery, please arrive to Hockemeyer and Miller Funeral Home at 8:15am on Monday, December 10, 2018. We will process from the funeral home to the cemetery at that time. Memorials may be made to Doctor Otis Bowen Veteran House, Marine Toys for Tots, or to the Holmes' Family c/o Claire Holmes. For online condolences, please visit www. hockemeyermillerfh.com.

  • DONATIONS

  • Doctor Otis Bowen Veteran House
  • Marine Toys for Tots
  • Holmes' Family c/o Claire Holmes

Services

  • Calling Saturday, December 8, 2018
  • Calling Sunday, December 9, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Sunday, December 9, 2018
  • Committal Service Monday, December 10, 2018
REMEMBERING

Ronald Eugene Holmes

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JENNIFER FETT

December 13, 2018

I can't even begin to describe the impact that Mr. Holmes has had on my life. He was my teacher, my mentor, and my friend. He literally changed the way that I thought about life and inspired me to always look at the big picture. My heart goes out to his family. This is the world's loss, and I can't imagine the impact you all must be feeling. The photo I'm attaching is a card that he gave me on my high school graduation which I've kept on my refrigerator for almost nineteen years. Its message will stay in my heart forever.
My deepest condolences,
Jennifer Fett

Autumn Ault

December 10, 2018

It was such an honor to have had Mr. Holmes as a U.S. History teacher at South Side High School. He praised me as a student, and made me feel important at a time in my life where I felt very unimportant to all others. I can never be grateful enough for all he taught me. I would not be the elementary school teacher I am today without the impact this man made on my life as a student.

Simone Runyan

December 10, 2018

I have many good memories of my Honors History class. All the essay writing Mr. Holmes required, while an unbelievable drag at the time, prepared me well for all the writing I had to do in my French classes at IPFW. Mr. Holmes was never the least bit unkind, nor was he ever boring. My sincere condolences to you at this time.

Fr. Rick Leone

December 8, 2018

My sincerest condolences on your loss. You all are in my prayers. God bless.

Mine Metitiri

December 7, 2018

I was privileged to have Mr. Holmes as a teacher twice during my time at South Side. He was a take no nonsense type of teacher and I respected that. He demanded a lot from his students and in reflection I saw why. He was preparing us for the realities of life and all the ups and downs that were going to come. He taught us that perseverance and discipline should be the compass to navigate the storms and waves coming our way. His method for teaching was preparing us to learn how to develop our compass but also how to wield it with confidence. Another life lesson I was taught by Mr. Holmes was how to have a great handshake. He made us practice this like any other lesson in class. Til this day, my handshake receives compliments and exudes the confidence he helped to instill in me. I am sad I will never get the chance to thank him for everything he did for me. His parting gift to me before I left for college was a final life lesson that I took to heart in more ways than one. It was also one of the last times I saw him. Shortly after high school graduation Mr. Holmes came to my graduation party. He had a gift and a card for me. The gift was an alarm clock, which I used all through college and graduate schools. The card, had the most appropriate message on the front. It was a quote by Thoreau. It read, "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams." What a fitting send off to college and life. I did go confidently and haven't stopped moving in the direction of my dreams. That card meant more to me than he will ever know. I still have it, I have it framed and have carried it with me through the years (along with the alarm clock). Hanging it where I can see it as a daily reminder. Thank you Mr. Holmes, I am who I am in part because of you. You were more than a teacher, you were an inspiration to me and an exemplary example of integrity. You will forever be missed. Semper Fi. May flights of Angel's sing thee to thy rest. Rest in Eternal Peace.

Mine M. "SSHS 2001"

Katie Henschen

December 7, 2018

When I ended the first semester of Honors US History in a less than favorable academic standing, Mr. Holmes called my house over winter break to talk to me- not my mom, but me. He noticed that my grades in the class were not normal for me, and he also knew about my involvement with the newspaper, band, etc. and wondered what was going on with his class. I was in other Honors classes, but should I be in this class, or did I need to switch to a different one? His honors history classes were intense. However, I loved the class and wanted to continue, so we talked about some extra work I could do to bring up my grade and he told me if I was committed to doing my best and willing to work, he would continue to work with me. I ended up finishing the year in good standing, and I never forgot what I learned from him, both in the class and about life in general. He was one of the best teachers I had throughout my academic career.

Lucas Blauvelt

December 7, 2018

Mr. Holmes was the first teacher to give me anything less than a B. Oh man I was not happy with him over it. I was forced to take US history a second time. He called me out on complacency and after I was through his class I understood. I learned and retained more from his classroom than any other classroom I've been in. Ever. I, and I'm sure thousands of others, would not be the people we are today if it were not for him. The south side family has lost an icon, but his legacy will live on in all of us that spent those weeks in a classroom of jazz and old spice.
Archers For Life.
Semper Fi.
Thank you.

Dan Kline

December 7, 2018

Thoughts and prayers to the family. RIP Coach Holmes.

Bree Bond

December 7, 2018

I met Mr. Holmes my freshman year of HS, I was in a World History class with a bunch of seniors (must have needed it to graduate) and it was the beginning of a very long and wonderful friendship. I proceeded for the next 3 years to take every class he offered, finally making the cut and getting into Honors US History. He ran a tight ship in the classroom but knew how to cut loose at appropriate times. I'll always remember his can of Coke on his desk that sat unopened year after year, the time he told a student to take his desk to the office, his booming voice down the hall, his unique sweaters - that only him and Arsenio Hall could get away with. How he giggled when recanting a story about a student (my future husband) passing out in his class watching the Red Cross video. I still have the boxed dictionary/thesaurus set he gifted me at graduation. I was very very lucky to have had in my life and his memory will live on through the stories my husband and I have shared with our children.

Keisha McCoy

December 7, 2018

Mr. Holmes always had that serious look on his face when we entered class ever morning. His smile could light up the room . He made sure you learned something before you left his classroom. No way he would let you off easy . So thankful I had a chance to have him as a teacher he truly loved teaching and pouring into the students. Thank you all for sharing him with us at SSHS. Gone but he will never be forgotten true angel.

Biography

Tuesday, December 04, 2018 at 2:25pm, surrounded by the love of family, Ronald Eugene Holmes, taking his last breath, shed his mortal coil, and peacefully passed through the veil.

Born on February 27, 1937 in Kansas City, Kansas, to Juanita (Bluford) Macklin and raised by Alma and Jess Holmes, he studied Engineering and Langston University in Langston, Oklahoma with his sight on becoming an architect. He left the university to answer a different calling, and joined the United States Marine Corps serving three tours of duty in Vietnam.

He earned multiple awards during his twenty-six plus years of service. Honors include; the Purple Heart, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, and Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Commendation. Other medals and commendations were, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Certificate of Commendation, Letter of Appreciation, Meritorious Mast, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Certificate of Achievement, Certificate of Congratulations, M-14 (Rifle)(Expert), and .45 (Pistol)(Sharp Shooter). While performing his military duties, he also coached the Marine Basketball All-Stars team where he led them to many championships. He retired from the service as Marine 1st Sergeant in June of 1982, settling his family in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Resting on his laurels was not Ronald’s style. Following his departure from the military, he re-enrolled in college at IPFW, focusing on History and Education. Upon graduation, he taught Government and History for twenty-five years at FWCS South Side High School, and later he obtained his Master’s Degree and became the department head. He took on coaching the freshman basketball team at Concordia Lutheran High School and later became an Assistant Coach of the Varsity Team. He also served the area as an organizer in the summer basketball league for Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation.

Ronald’s influence and teachings are more far reaching than he may have realized. He touched the lives of his students, even the one he made carry their desk to the principal’s office, colleagues, his friends, and especially his family. He was a true force of nature that nurtured and encouraged as well as challenged.

Ronald was a man who believed in hard work and pushing beyond perceived limits to reach goals otherwise though unattainable. He believed in the potential of others to become more than who or what they thought. He enjoyed watching them spread their wings and fly. Ronald was many things to many people. He was a coach, a counselor. He was a cheerleader or a drill sergeant. He was a teacher, a mentor, a friend, and a colleague. For his family, he was their cornerstone…the anchor that kept them grounded when the world became chaotic. He was the bastion of safety and security. He was their home base. He was their center.

He will be missed by many, but especially by his wife of forty-five years, Claire "Cookie", his children, Terry, Joyce, and Michelle, his grandchildren, Automne, Victoria, Andrew, Malorie, Trey, Adrian, Clarissa, Cameron, Miyah, Bryce, and Maddax, and his seven great grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life Service is 5pm on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at Hockemeyer and Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Rd., Fort Wayne, with calling three hours prior. Calling will also be 6-8pm on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at the funeral home. Committal Service will be 10:00am on Monday, December 10, 2018 at Marion National Cemetery, 1700 E 38th St., Marion, Indiana, 46953. Hockemeyer and Miller Funeral Home kindly requests that if you would like to attend the Committal Service at Marion National Cemetery, please arrive to Hockemeyer and Miller Funeral Home at 8:15am on Monday, December 10, 2018. We will process from the funeral home to the cemetery at that time. Memorials may be made to Doctor Otis Bowen Veteran House, Marine Toys for Tots, or to the Holmes' Family c/o Claire Holmes. For online condolences, please visit www. hockemeyermillerfh.com.