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Robert G. Holmes, retired cheesemaker <br> Aug. 7, 1925 -- Sept. 11, 2005

Robert G. Holmes, a World War II veteran and retired cheesemaker, died Sunday in his Town of Wales home after a brief illness. He was 80.

Born in East Aurora, Mr. Holmes was an East Aurora High School graduate. He served in the Army during World War II, was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge and received the Purple Heart. He had lived in Wales for the past 51 years.

He worked for Graoc Dairy Products and Elma Foods before taking a job as a cheesemaker at Kutter's Cheese in 1967. He worked there until his retirement in 1988.

Mr. Holmes enjoyed gardening.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, the former Nancy C. Hauber; two daughters, Teresa Trometer of Strykersville and Kathleen of Orchard Park; two sons, John of Steubenville, Ohio, and David of Java Center; two sisters, Esther Beesing of East Aurora and Virginia Heitman of Hampton, N.J.; and seven grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Kenneth Howe Funeral Home, 64 Maple Road, East Aurora. Burial will be in Holmes Hill Cemetery, Wales.

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