George Louis Holmes, 87, of Park Rapids, died Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 at Heritage Living Center in Park Rapids.
George L. Holmes was born May 6, 1926 in Edgeley, N.D. the son of William T. and Francis (Burkhardt) Holmes. He moved with his family to Park Rapids in 1931, where he attended school.
While growing up in Park Rapids, he worked a paper route, picking seasonal strawberries and he also worked at the Royal Theater.
He entered the U.S. Army in 1944, serving in the 3rd Division in Italy, France and Germany. He received the European Service Medal, the Croix de Guerre Ribbon given for acts of bravery while in France. George was wounded twice in combat and received the Purple Heart with a cluster. At the end of the war he was transferred to Battalion Headquarters where he served as a clerk typist and wrote up service awards and discharge points for returning service personnel, one of which was World War II's most decorated soldier - Audie Murphy. He also was a court reporter for the Nuremberg Trials for a year before being honorable discharged.
After his return home he was the most popular bar tender for many years before going to cosmetology college and then to St. Cloud State where he received his teaching certificate. He taught cosmetology for 16 years at the St. Cloud Beauty College and then taught at the Willmar Vocational School for 16 years before retiring.
He was the owner of George's Barn for many years.
After he retired he spent his winters in Tucson, Ariz. and his summers in Park Rapids.
George was a member of the Otto Hendrickson American Legion Post 212 of Park Rapids, a life member of the DAV and also the Eagles Club of Park Rapids. For many years he was a member of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Park Rapids.
He is survived by his two sisters, June Colburn of Park Rapids and Vi Schlitz of St. Michael; his many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, William, Albert, Charles and Donald; and three sisters, Margaret, Virginia, and Marie.
Memorial service: 11 a.m. Saturday, May 3 at Cease Family Funeral Home Chapel in Park Rapids. Officiant will be Deacon John Zinniel
Visitation: one hour prior to the service at the Funeral Home.
Military Honors will be provided by the Star of the North Marine Corps League Honors Team with Taps played by Raymond Vaadeland.
Inurnment: Greenwood Cemetery in Park Rapids.
A luncheon reception will be hosted by the staff of Cease Family Funeral Home served in the funeral home gathering space.
You may leave online condolences at www.ceasefuneralhome.com.