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LeRoy Cecil Holmes

June 18, 1934 - November 5, 2022

LeRoy Cecil Holmes, 88, of Soudan, Minnesota died Saturday, November 5, 2022, at the Cardigan Ridge Senior Living in Little Canada, Minnesota.

LeRoy was born June 18, 1934 in Embarrass, Minnesota, son of Oscar and Ida Sundeen. He grew up and attended school in Tower-Soudan graduating from high school in 1952. He then worked as an apprentice electrician with Oliver Mining company for a year, and proceeded into the Air Force in May 1953, and was honorably discharged as a sergeant in April 1961. From there he went to Pre-seminary study at both Gustavus and Augsburg, then attending Northwestern-Luther from 1961-1964. He was ordained at Gustavus Adolphus on June 6, 1964. Churches served in ministry were Embarrass-Pike Lutheran, Gethsemane Lutheran (Virginia, MN), Mount Carmel (St. Paul), and Trinity Parish (North Dakota) from 1964 to 1996. In addition, he served multiple congregations as Interim from 1996-2010.

His interests included fishing, woodworking, hunting, camping and he was an active member of the Tower Soudan Historical Society in retirement.

He is survived by his daughters: Dori Holmes Skramsted (David), Karleen Wildes, and Lisa Ledman (David); grandchildren: Jason Eggers (Lindsey), Joshua Eggers, Kristi Ledman, Justin Ledman, Alec Wildes, and Matthew Wildes (Maggie); and five great-grandchildren.

LeRoy was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Katheen Dorian (Tuominen) Holmes.

A memorial celebration of life service will be held Tuesday, November 15th at 11 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tower. Pastor Liz Cheney will officiate. Lunch will be provided after the service.  A graveside service with full military honors will be held in the Lakeview Cemetery sometime in the summer of 2023.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association are preferred. Link: alz.org\donate


5 thoughts on “LeRoy Cecil Holmes”

  1. Lee & Greta Tuominen says:

    We really would have come, but we have invited 43 people for dinner on Saturday, the 19th and I will be in the throes of preparation. We are also having a new heating/air-conditioning unit installed that week. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you all. Love, Lee & Greta

  2. Dave and Sharon Cina says:

    LeRoy (known to me as Lum) will be greatly missed and there will be many memories to share of his love for his family, friends, the many church members he served and counseled through the years.
    His kindness and concern for all, his love of the lake and fishing was all a part of him. He and my sister took my husband and my places after our son, Andy, was born and we could not be at the hospital for him. Lum helped us when we were building our home. He made sure he was here in plenty of time to surprise our kids when they got off the bus. I could go on and on with many examples of his kindness to us and his love for his family.
    May Lum Rest In Peace as he is welcomes by those already in heaven waiting for him. Love, Dave and Sharon

  3. Stacey Folske says:

    Pastor Holmes was a great friend. I learned a lot about Christianity and nature. Some of the best times of my life was the bwca canoe trips with him and the youth group. I was blessed to have him come into my life and he will be surely missed. Love, Mr Stacey Folske

  4. Courtney Senich says:

    Pastor Holmes has always held a special place in my heart. He was my Pastor when I was confirmed in high school, and I also had the pleasure having him officiate my wedding. My husband and I just celebrated our 19 year anniversary on October 11th. He made the ceremony very memorable with his jokes, love, and, kindness. He had given us three stands of rope symbolizing the strand for the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit which he then had us literally tie in a knot. I still have this knot that we tied at our ceremony displayed in a shadow box along with a copy of our marriage certificate, and a picture of us tying this knot at our ceremony with him in the background with a big smile. I will treasure this always. He was a great guy with a kind heart and sole, and he will be missed by many.
    So sorry for your loss.

    Courtney Senich

  5. Dori Holmes Skramsted says:

    How can I describe the years shared with my father in a few words? His character was always kind, patient, and loving. So kind, that for us girls even if mom said no to something we would then go to dad for the yes, causing some friction for them. Even when I wouldn’t get up for school in my teens, he simply banged on the door. I loved being with dad, and would tag along to grouse hunt, nursing homes, to the Union Gospel Mission, or scavenging for finds at Banks Surplus in Mpls. He and mom took me under their wing and helped me with my sons Jason and Joshua while I went to college and finally had a career to sustain us. I paid my financial debts back to my parents off fully when they retired. These past five years my dad became my tag along, to eat out, appointments, to watch boats 🚤 people and birds at Lake Johanna, and to be with my grandchildren. I will always treasure the moments and time with my dad. Daughter Dori

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Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at 11:00 A.M.
Immanuel Lutheran Church, Spruce St, Tower, MN, USA