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Kenneth N. Holmes, operated auto parts store

May 3, 1929 – Aug. 22, 2013

Kenneth N. Holmes, who owned and operated an auto parts store in East Aurora, died Thursday in Mercy Hospital. He was 84.

A lifelong resident of East Aurora, he was a 1947 graduate of East Aurora High School. He served in the Army in the Korean War and attended the Army Aircraft and Engine School in San Marcos, Texas.

Returning from service, he helped operate the family Hudson and Rambler dealership, Nelson A. Holmes & Sons Inc. In 1977, he purchased the Logan & Youngers Auto Parts store and operated it until the late 1990s.

In retirement, he wintered in the South and West and traveled extensively in his recreation vehicle. An expert mechanic, he was always ready to help with a car problem.

He had a passion for the Hudson Essex Terraplane Co. and could always be found tinkering with or driving through the village in one of his Hudsons. He was a past director of the National Hudson-Essex-Terraplane Club.

He also was an East Aurora volunteer firefighter and a past president of the East Aurora Fish & Game Club. He was the New York State 28-gauge skeet champion in 1961.

He was a 53-year member of the East Aurora Country Club, a 53-year member of the East Aurora Moose Lodge and a 63-year member of Blazing Star Lodge 694, Free & Accepted Masons. He also was active in the Ismalia Shrine and was a Royal Arch Mason.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, the former Marcia Wright; a son, Ken Jr.; and two daughters, Margaret and Paula Zagrobelny; and two sisters, Shirley Wagner and Mary Heitzman.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, 345 Main St., East Aurora.

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