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Richard (Dick) Dale Holmes – November 21, 2019

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Richard (Dick) Dale Holmes

Richard (Dick) Dale Holmes, 85, of Susanville, CA., passed away peacefully with family by his side on November 21, 2019, at The Mackenzie Place, Assisted Living Facility in Colorado Springs, CO, after a battle with cancer.  He was born to Prentice B. Holmes and Frances S. Holmes (Wright) on August 11, 1934, in Susanville, CA.

As a young boy, he enjoyed spending time with his friends and family. He loved being in the outdoors and going fishing and hunting with his dad. He loved playing and spending time with his older brother, Don; and their dogs, Butch and Pal.

After graduating from Lassen High School in 1952, Dick attended the University of California, Berkeley for 3 years. He then began active duty service in the US Army in 1956, and was honorably discharged in 1958. He went on to attend San Jose State University where he obtained his Bachelors of Science degree in Business in 1960. He married, had 3 children and returned to Susanville in 1967. In 1968, Dick began a lifelong career for the California Correctional Center in Susanville, where he retired after approximately 28 years of dedicated service.

Dick loved the community of Susanville, and his heritage includes family that helped pioneer areas of Lassen County. He served the community in various ways. He was a member of Toastmasters, and the Elks and Masonic Lodges. He volunteered in the schools in various capacities ranging from tutoring to driving the school bus. After retiring, Dick got a teaching credential and became a substitute teacher. He also volunteered to deliver Meals on Wheels, and at the Lassen Senior Center by serving on the board of directors, and driving their weekly bus to Reno for senior’s doctor appointments. He was a longtime member of the Lassen Historical Society, and also served as an elder for a number of years at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

Dick is preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Donald L. Holmes and sister-in-law, Sue Holmes. He is survived by his children, Kim (Bob) Cross, of Colorado Springs, CO; Julie (Will) Scoggins, of Colorado Springs, CO; and Mike (Nancy) Holmes, of Estacada, OR; five grandchildren, two nieces, one nephew and their families.

Services will be held on Saturday, February 15th at 11:00 AM at Walton’s Colonial Mortuary in Susanville, CA. with a luncheon to follow at the Monticola Club.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the Lassen High School Alumni Association in memory of Richard Holmes.

The family wishes to express a very special thank you to Judy Posey, and to the caregivers at The Mackenzie Place, for their loving care and support during Dick’s final days.


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