Donald Robert Holmes

Donald Robert Holmes was born in Wooster, Ohio, on Nov. 24th 1950, to parents Reverend Robert F and Alice E (Scobey) Holmes. He was preceeded in death by his infant sisters Connie Jean and Nancy Jean and his parents Robert and Alice and cousin Roberta Thompson.

Don is survived by 2 uncles who meant a lot to him: Stanley Holmes of West Salem, Ohio and Dan Altfather of Polk, Ohio. He is also survived by several cousins on his fathers side: Beth Bowman, Becky Kelley, David Jones, Julie Cline, Machelle Miller and Keith Holmes. Don is survived by two cousins on his mothers side: Janet Scobey and Karen Mastruserio (Scobey).

Don attended Black River High School in Medina County Ohio and graduated in 1969. Don wrestled and worked on his grandparents and uncles farms. Don attended Grace College and Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiania. During his College years he was part of the wrestling team. He graduated in May of 1973 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a minor in English.

Don spent time in Oregon and California after graduation working in the logging industry and living a very simple life. Don moved back to Ohio and moved to Cutler, Ohio in the early 70s. He lived “off grid” in Cutler for many years where he formed many friendships with his neighbors. Don founded and ran the Big Run Shooting Range in Cutler with the help of many friends. He also was an active member of the Ohio State Trappers Association and was a certified NRA shooting instructor. Don taught concealed carry courses for several years along with the help of several friends. Don worked for the Warren Local School System for many years as a bus driver and custodian. He was the union representative for a number of those years. Don also owned and operated several saw mills over the years and used his carpentry skills to build his own house and many other barns and structures. Don loved shooting, fishing, trapping, wood working, riding motorcycles, fixing, building, and developed many friendships along the way.

Don attended North Parkersburg Baptist Church regularly and volunteered for several building projects.

Don went to be with Jesus Christ his Lord and Savior on April 27th after a short battle with cancer.

Donations can be made in lieu of flowers to North Parkersburg Baptist Church or to NEADS.org, “World Class Service Dogs.”

Services will be on Monday at 1 p.m. at the Leavitt Funeral Home, Belpre with Pastor Mike Towner officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Liberty Cemetery, Cutler, Ohio. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 11 a.m. till time of services.

Online condolence may be sent to the family at www.LeavittFuneralHome.com.