Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Dr. Philip James Holmes

Dr. Philip James Holmes, age 75, of Shiloh, died, Tuesday, August 8, 2006 at home following a lengthy illness.

Dr. Holmes was born January 16, 1931 in Columbus, Ohio the son of the late G.W. and Katharine (Conard) Holmes. He was a 1948 graduate of North High School in Columbus and a 1951 graduate of The Ohio State University where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics. Upon graduation, he served six years in the United States Air Force as a pilot, a portion of that time during the Korean Conflict. Following his first stint in the military, Dr. Holmes attended The Ohio State University School of Dentistry, graduating in 1961. As a result of his past military service, he was recalled at the beginning of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Once recalled, Dr. Holmes stayed in the Air Force serving as a dentist until his retirement in 1978. During this time, he served one tour of duty in Phu Kat, Vietnam where he earned the Vietnamese Medal of Honor and the U.S. Bronze Star for his leadership role in MedCAP (Medical Civic Action Program). He also attended Boston University School of Graduate Dentistry in 1971, where he studied oral surgery.

Upon retirement from the military, Dr. Holmes set up private practice in Hillsboro, Ohio where he served the dental needs of the poor in a depressed area of the state. He was an active member of the Wilmington College Campus Friends Meeting in Wilmington, Ohio, Friends Committee on National Legislation, and an outspoken advocate for abused women and children throughout the state.

Dr. Holmes is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Virginia Holmes of Columbus, Ohio; his former wife, Jean Holmes of Shiloh; five daughters and sons-in-law, Jody and John Jones of San Marcos, Texas, Mindy and Michael Beeman of Rawlings, Maryland, Erin Holmes and Samuel Gingrich of Columbus, Mississippi, Gretchen and Michael Huttleston of Shiloh and Kelly and Rodney Snyder of Shiloh; one son and daughter-in-law, Stacy and Angela Holmes of Nashville, Tennessee; fifteen grandchildren; 2 great-granddaughters; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Dr. Holmes was preceded in death by two brothers, Donald and Darrell Holmes and a sister, Martha (DeeDee) Breithaupt.

Family visitation will be held at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. Graveside services will be held at Mount Hope Cemetery in Shiloh on Friday, August 11, 2006 at 1 P.M. with military services conducted by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail. Rev. John Wanamaker, pastor of the Mount Hope Lutheran Church, will officiate. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Med Central Hospice, American Friends Service Committee or a women’s shelter of your choice.

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