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HOLMES, Kenneth

HOLMES, Kenneth

HOLMES - Kenneth Age 96 of North Tonawanda, April 2, 2017 after a brief illness. Beloved husband of Doris (Lubs) Holmes for 70 years; father of Jack (Susan) Holmes, Bruce Holmes, Alan (Debra) Holmes, Susan (John) Payne and the late Peter A. Holmes; grandfather of Geoffrey Holmes, Luke Payne, Joshua Holmes and the late Kenneth J. Holmes; he is also survived by nieces, nephews, cousins and other family members and friends. Kenneth retired from Bell Aerospace as a Production Planner after 43 years. He served with the 8th Air Force during WWII as a navigator of B17's. He received the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Clusters, the American Theater Service Medal, the Victory Medal and the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal. After the war, he flew with the 914th Tactical Airlift Group Reserve, retiring as a Lt. Colonel. Kenneth was a faithful member of Third Presbyterian Church in North Tonawanda, where he served as an Elder, Clerk of the Session for 40 years and adult Sunday School Teacher. He was a member of the George F. Lamm American Legion Post #622, the Air Force Association, the Military Officers Association of America, and the 8th Air Force Historical Association. Friends may call at the Fretthold Funeral Home Inc., 1241 Oliver St. at Ward Rd. in North Tonawanda on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. A memorial service will be held on Saturday at 11 AM from Third Presbyterian Church, 110 Felton St., North Tonawanda. If so desired, memorials may be made to Third Presbyterian Church. Guest register available at

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