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Charles Leonard Holmes

AGE: 98 • Morganville

Charles Leonard Holmes, 98, of Morganville, NJ passed away peacefully on December 16, 2016 surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Jamesburg and moved to Morganville at the age of four. Drafted into the US Army on July 30, 1942 and served for three and a half years before being discharged as a corporal on November 11, 1945. Charles went into the Army on August 13, 1942 and served in Patton's 3rd Army 457th AAA. He fought D-Day Normandy Beach and was one of the first units to hit the beach for battle. Other includes Ardennes, Central Europe, Northern France, and Rhineland. The 457th unit that Charles was in was credited with being the first American unit to enter Germany and lead the forces first into Rhine.

Charles was active in his community as a volunteer: member of the Morganville First Aid, life member in the Morganville Independence Fire Company for over 60 years, former Chief of Freneau Fire Company in Matawan, Chief of the Fire Brigade at Hanson & Winkle in Matawan, charter member of Jamesburg Field & Stream in Whiting, NJ, member of NJ State Chiefs Association, member of Veterans of Foreign Wars of Freehold, NJ Post 4374, member of American Legion and was an active parishioner in the Methodist Church in Morganville. He worked for Hanson & Winkle for 40 years and following worked for Marlboro Township Board of Education for 11 years. Charles was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather and friend who will be greatly missed by so many.

Charles is predeceased by his loving wife Alberta Holmes who passed away August 21, 2009; his parents. Livingston Holmes and Margaret Ronan; a brother Warren Holmes; a great grandson, Robert Holmes III, and a daughter-in-law, Christine Holmes. He is survived by his two children, Charlene Mendelsohn and her husband Harvey of Brick, NJ and Robert Holmes Sr. and his wife Michelle of Morganville, NJ; 9 grandchildren: Jeffrey Holmes and his wife Samantha of Brick, NJ, Robert Holmes Jr. of Manasquan, NJ, Dr. Christopher Holmes and his wife Victoria of Morganville, NJ, Regina Holmes of Morganville, NJ, Matthew Holmes of Morganville, NJ, David Litzas Sr. of Erial, NJ, Aaron Mendelsohn of California, Joseph Mendelsohn of Wayne, NJ, Kari Cooper and her husband Peter of Chatham, NJ; 20 Great-grandchildren; a brother, Donald Holmes and his wife Minnie of Matawan, NJ; 5 sisters: Alma Boyce of Morganville, NJ, Eleanor Birch of Freehold, NJ, Virginia Johnson of Freehold, NJ, Catherine Archer and her husband David of Morganville, NJ, and BErnice Holmes of Morganville NJ; as well as many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to gather for a visitation on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 from 2-4PM & 7-9PM at Waitt Funeral Home, 501 Highway 79, Morganville NJ 07751. A Funeral Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at the Waitt Funeral Home at 11AM. Cremation will be private. To post an online condolence to the family, share a photo, or to visit our sympathy store, please visit our website at
Published in Asbury Park Press on Dec. 19, 2016
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