Charles “Chuck” Holmes

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Charles “Chuck” Holmes
September 25, 1934-May 22, 2019

Charles (Chuck) A. Holmes, 84, of Elkader, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, surrounded by his family. Charles was born in Ames, Iowa on September 25, 1934, to Robert and Grace (Sowerwine) Holmes.  

He graduated from Ames High School in 1952. Following high school, Chuck attended Iowa State University. In 1954, Chuck enlisted in the U.S. Army serving until 1956 as an artillery fire controller in Augsburg, Germany. After service, he attended the University of Iowa where he graduated from the College of Pharmacy in 1960. After practicing pharmacy, he enrolled in the College of Dentistry graduating in 1968. Charles practiced dentistry from 1969 to 2004, primarily from his North Main Street office in downtown Elkader, Iowa.  

Chuck was united in marriage to Winnafred Thiessen of Clinton, Iowa, on August 13, 1968, in Downers Grove, IL.

He was a member of both the American and Iowa Dental Associations. He was also past president of the Dubuque Dental District. He served several years on the Central Community Hospital Board. He was also a member of the St. Joseph’s Parish Church Council. After retirement, Chuck was a Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) volunteer for over a decade.  

Chuck enjoyed reading, fishing and for 30 years he looked forward to a round of golf on Wednesday nights with the “regulars.” He was a loyal fan for the Iowa Hawkeyes and Chicago Cubs. In recent years, Chuck and Winnie enjoyed their winters in the south. Chuck’s greatest pleasure was spending time with his family.  

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Winnafred; children Mary (Mike) of Sioux City, Beth (Mark) of Cedar Rapids, Andy of Plano, IL, Jeff of Seattle, WA, Cathy(John) of Yorba Linda, CA; eleven grandchildren, Grace, Patrick, Thomas, Charlie, John, Rex, Eavan, Madeline, Corey, Kevin, Caitie and sister-in-law Gretchen of Savannah, GA.  

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother John Holmes; his in-laws, Stanley and Helen Thiessen and sister-in-law Patricia (Thiessen) Millea.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Mercy One Hospital in Elkader, Iowa or a charity of your choice.

A visitation was held from 5-7 pm on Tuesday, May 28, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Elkader. There was also a one-hour visitation before Mass at the church on Wednesday. A Mass of Resurrection was held at 10:30 am on Wednesday, May 29, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. John Haugen as the celebrant. Interment followed at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Elkader, Iowa.

Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Elkader, Iowa assisted the family with arrangements.

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