Richard P. “Dick” Holmes was born on Dec. 19, 1923 in El Paso and resided there 78 years, later moving to Bloomington, Illinois, and then to Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2012.
Dick was a veteran of World War II, having enlisted in the Navy upon graduating from Ysleta High School. He was stationed at New Caledonia in the Southwest Pacific Theater.
Returning home to El Paso after his honorable discharge from the Navy, Dick went to work for Mountain Bell Telephone Company. While there, he put himself through night school, becoming a Certified Draftsman. Later, he was instrumental in developing the blueprints for the building of the Alaska Pipeline with El Paso Natural Gas Co.
Richard was an active Mason with the Wallace Houston Lodge for many years, as well as a member of the El Maida Shrine where he was Captain of the Horse Patrol. He was very proud of his association with the shrine and of the assistance it provided to those in need with its many fundraising activities.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Bell Holmes; father, Richard Holmes Sr.; and sister, Annabelle Allen of El Paso.
Richard leaves behind his wife, Betty Girard Holmes of Bloomington, Ill.; his daughter, Cheryl Gipson (Mike) of Las Vegas, NV; Grandchildren, Keri Hensley (Jon) Adam, Matthew and Christin, Ruckersville, VA.; Keli McClour (Ryan) Caitlyn Lash, Savannah, GA.; Courtney “Nikki” Shubert (Chris) Sydney and Charlie, Taylorsville, UT.; Four step children, Debbie Elderton (John), Julie Miller (Jeffery), Rick Girard(Linda), Amy Balf (David) plus numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life will be held in El Paso at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to Compassion Care Hospice, Las Vegas, Nevada, or the Shriners Hospitals for Children – Houston, Texas.