Dare Holmes, of Mora, died on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at FirstLight Health Systems in Mora with his family by his side. He was 92 years old.
He was born to Herbert and Emma (Bergman) Holmes on March 9, 1927, in Brunswick.
He grew up on the family farm in Brunswick that his grandparents purchased when they came here in 1884. He remembered milking cows, walking two and a half miles to school and watching his dad chase wolves with a club when they were trying to steal a lamb. In April, 1944, at the age of 17, he left high school and enlisted in the Navy during WWII.
Joining the military was a family tradition; his grandfather, George W. Holmes, served in the Civil War, brother Howard (Army WWII) and brother Clair (Army). He went to the Farragut Naval Training Station in Idaho. He went on to be a “B” division fireman on the USS Wichita, ending up as a boilermaker third class and petty officer third class. On board the USS Wichita, they went to Okinawa, Marshall Island, Aleutian Islands, Marianas and Philippines. She (USS Wichita) also went to Nagasaki at the end of the war. They called her “the magic carpet” when they picked up POW’s there. He was discharged and returned home in May of 1946.
He went to St. Cloud to get his high school diploma and took a job with his brother, George, at Co-Op Oil. He worked construction from 1950 to 1980, mostly with Bechtel Corporation in many countries: Guam, Azores, Venezuela, Greenland, Cambodia, Viet Nam, Iraq, Libya, West Irian, Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, Sumatra, Algeria and also worked on the Alaska pipeline. He then worked some more construction, built a house next to his sister, Verna Mae, and retired in 1990.
He enjoyed attending family functions, going to “physical fitness,” watching the Minnesota Twins, working on his Brunswick property, Tuesday pizza nights and visiting with neighbors and friends. He also loved attending the USS Wichita reunions. He was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church, American Legion Post 201 and the Mora Masonic Lodge. He would always greet you with a smile, but a hug was even better.
He is preceded in death by his parents Herbert and Emma Holmes; brothers, Clair Holmes, Howard Holmes, George Holmes; sisters, Helen Hasty, Emma Johnson, Verna Mae Strand; and nephew Clair Holmes.
He is survived by his nieces and nephews; Harlan and Lucy Holmes, Terry and Bonnie Holmes, Todd and Debi Holmes, Heidi (and the late Mark) McGregor, Shelly and Peter Schaubach, Caroline and Bill Sage, Mary and Tommy LaNier, Marty and Eric Hedstrom, Roger (and the late Betty) Keefe, Virginia and Art Kershaw, Gary (and the late Linda) Johnson, Al and Barb Johnson, Bill Johnson, Cathy and Jeff Randolph, Charlie and Sue Johnson, Steve and Anna Strand, Lynda and George Fritz, Gill and Nancy Strand, Kevin and Laura Strand; as well as many great nieces and nephews, cousins and other family and friends.
A funeral service was held Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, at Calvary Lutheran Church with Pastor Dean Oelfke officiating. There was a visitation at Dresser-Methven Funeral Home on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019. Burial at Riverside Cemetery, Brunswick with full military honors by the Mora Legion.
Arrangements provided by Dresser Methven Funeral and Cremation Services.