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Gary L. Holmes

January 10, 1947 ~ January 25, 2020 (age 73)


Gary L. Holmes, age 73, of Shawneetown passed on this life, January 25, 2020 at his home after an extended illness.  Gary was born on January 10, 1947 in Saline  County, IL to the late Norman and Peg (Sanders) Holmes. 

Gary spent most of his younger years in and around Ridgway where he was raised. He graduated from Ridgway High School and was very active in athletics especially Basketball and Baseball.  Gary served his country in the National Guard for many years.  On March 20, 1969 he married the love of his life Sharon (Banks) Holmes who survives.

Gary was a licensed Barber, having a shop in Ridgway and Shawneetown for many years, he worked at Peabody Coal in Shawneetown and then managed the Ridgway Seed Company for many years and also worked for Browns Fertilizer before retiring.  He was an avid outdoorsman, his real loves were Bass fishing and Hunting, especially Quail and Deer. He was also known for his Taxidermy work for many years.  Gary was a member of the Equality Masonic Lodge.  He loved being around his friends and family, always having a smile or story to tell you or kid you.  He loved his grandkids and enjoyed the many pranks they played on him. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend.  He will be missed by many.

Gary is survived by his wife, Sharon Holmes of Shawneetown, his daughter, Mandi Holmes Dial of Harrisburg, IL, his son, Josh (Susie) Holmes of Shawneetown, 2 grandchildren, Grant and Hallie Holmes of Shawneetown, a sister, Norma (John) Scherrer of Alabama.  A niece, Cassie Scherrer.  Gary was preceded in death also by a brother Terry Lynn Holmes

Visitation for Gary will be on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at the Cox & Son Funeral Home in Ridgway from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, a Masonic Rites service will follow the visitation at 7:00 PM by the Equality Masonic Lodge.  His funeral service will be Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 11:00 AM.  He will be laid to rest in the Raleigh Masonic Cemetery.  Rev. Jack Hall will officiate.  Military rites will be conducted at the grave site.

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January 28, 2020

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Cox & Son Funeral Home
209 S. Jarrell St
Ridgway, IL 62979

Funeral Service
January 29, 2020

11:00 AM
Cox & Son Funeral Home
209 S. Jarrell St
Ridgway, IL 62979

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