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Reverend Gerald Wayne Holmes, 80, of Duluth, passed away peacefully on April 3, 2014 at the Benedictine Health Center.

Gerald was born June 26, 1933 in Biwabik, Minn.

He was a graduate of Virginia High School, the University of Minnesota, and Bethel Seminary. Gerald served as a pastor for Scandia Baptist Church in Waconia, Minn., and Kulm Baptist Church in North Dakota. He also served as chaplain at the Duluth Bethel Mission and retired from the Duluth Transit Authority. Gerald will be remembered by many as a man of God and also for his great sense of humor.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Jean of 57 years; father, Wayne and mother, Lyla; foster parents, Clyde and Lila Semon; sisters, Dorothy, Joyce, and Florence; and brother, Floyd.

Gerald is survived by daughters, Kathy (Steve) Rudh, Tammy (David) Paulson; son, Paul Holmes; grandchildren, Nathan Paulson and Nicole (Sam) Lewis; great grandchildren, Lindsay, Jackson, and Maxwell; brothers, Walter Holmes and Richard Semon; and sister, Evelyn Nitso.

Many thanks to the staff at the Benedictine Health Center, his church family at Emmanuel Baptist, and his long-time neighbors and friends.

VISITATION: 12 Noon Thursday, April 10, 2014 until the 1 p.m. Service of Remembrance in Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1505 Eklund Ave, in Duluth. Pastor David Mork will be officiating the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Bob Schwartz, Jr. with MMS, 24387 Airport Rd. Coshocton, OH 43812.

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