Longtime Meeker educator Charles R. Holmes died Oct. 21, 2005, at the Walbridge Memorial Wing. He was 79.
Holmes was born Nov. 27, 1925, to Phillip A. and Beryl (Warner) Holmes on the family ranch up Rifle Creek. He attended school in Rifle and left school to join the United States Navy during World War II. He served on the CBE 101-Mantanikau aircraft carrier.
After his service days, Holmes returned to Rifle, where he worked in the coal mines and the vanadium mines. He then enrolled in college.
He met his wife, Emily Van Dusen, on a blind date in 1951, and they married and Holmes finished his degree. The family moved to Aguilar, Colo., where Holmes taught business classes and wood working and served as an assistant coach for four years.
In 1958, the family moved to Meeker, where Holmes taught for the next 26 years. He coached junior high basketball for many years, and when complimented about the many years of success in this area, he always gave credit to the players by saying it was "a good bunch of hard-working kids that came through the junior high."
Holmes loved flowers and planted hundred of gladiolas every year that he shared with many friends in Meeker. He will long be remembered for his love of golf and his fellow man and for being a good and honorable husband, father and friend.
He was preceded in death by his two daughters, Jane and Julie, his parents, two sisters and brother.
A graveside service is Sunday, Oct. 30, at the Highland Cemetery.
Friends may make memorial contributions to the Walbridge Wing Memorial Fund through Cochran Memorial Chapels, which has been entrusted with the arrangements.