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David Reed Holmes M.D.

David Reed Holmes, MD

David Reed Holmes, MD of Springfield died on Sunday, March 17, 2013, at the age of 90. Born in Springfield on April 25, 1922, to William Carl and Elizabeth Artelia (Reed) Holmes, he was the second of four children including John, Ruth, and Daniel, all deceased.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Phyllis Anne Hunger Holmes, as well as his four children, Dr. Nancy Holmes (Arthur Kramer) of St. Louis, Dr. Thomas Holmes of Kansas City, Robert Holmes (Jane Brown) of Ouray, Colorado, and Dr. William Holmes (Linda Virdon) of Springfield. He leaves nine grandchildren - Melanie Kramer (Dan McFarlane), Carl Kramer, Dr. Tiffany Holmes Paulsen (Jeff), Trenton Holmes (Courtney), Trisha Holmes Maisch (Danny), Eli Holmes, Shannon Cottey Merced (fiancée Jami Kirby), Dr. Brett Holmes (Jodie), and Michelle Holmes (fiancée Nick Viles), as well as eight great-grandchildren - Ashley Paulsen, Caroline Maisch, Cole Maisch, Roberto Merced, Chloe Merced, Ashton Isbell, Savannah Holmes, and Ella Viles.

A graduate of Springfield High School (1938) and Missouri State Teacher's College (1942), David joined the Navy during World War II becoming a pilot. At the end of the war, he went to Washington University Medical School, completing his degree in 1951. After his internship at the University of Kansas Medical Center, he started a general practice in Warrensburg, but decided to return to Washington University to become an OBGYN with a fellowship in infertility. He returned to Springfield where he practiced for 30 years delivering 9000 babies. At one point, he was the only infertility specialist in southwest Missouri.

Family was extremely important to Dr. Holmes which meant lots of cheering for his children and grandchildren at sporting events, dance recitals, and concerts, as well as celebrating weddings, graduations and holidays. He loved playing softball and was on a slow pitch team into his sixties. He also kept up with other WWII pilots through weekly meetings of the Fly Boys.

A very active member of Covenant Presbyterian Church, he sang in the choir weekly for 50 years, served as an Elder and was on several committees.

Known for the twinkle in his eyes, a mischievous smile, a quick humorous wit, his famous "Yes, Dear" sweatshirt, and his love for vanilla ice cream, "Papa" will be greatly missed.

A memorial service will be held at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Springfield on Friday, March 22, 2013, at 11:30am with reception and visitation to follow. Memorials may be sent to Covenant Foundation, c/o Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2441 South Lone Pine, Springfield, Missouri 65804, the College of the Ozarks, or the .


Published in the News-Leader from Mar. 20 to Mar. 22, 2013
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