Today, April 4, 2017, is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Kenneth Owen Holmes.

Kenneth Holmes. Ca. 1944.

Ken was born in Schodack Center, NY and grew up in Nassau, NY, near Albany.

“Kenneth’s ‘Jersey Giants'”. Kenneth Holmes.

He was the youngest of the six children (one of whom died in infancy) of Clarence and Alice Holmes.

“North West Corner of living room at 41 Elm St.” “’37–’40?”
Back row: Ken Holmes, Ruth Holmes, Caroline Kosegarten Holmes, Mary Fitzpatrick Holmes, Lynn Holmes
Front: Lawrence Holmes, Viola Holmes, Alice Belden Holmes, Clarence Holmes, Paul Holmes.

In 1940 he married Norma Hanson.

Norma Hanson Holmes & Kenneth Holmes
Wedding, 23 June 1940

During World War II he joined the Navy and served in the Pacific as a radar officer with Patrol Bombing Squadron 106.

“Sampson’s Unexpendables”
Ken Holmes on left (with bow and “GUNNER” sign)

After the war he and Norma had three kids.

Pat Holmes, Richard Holmes, Janet Holmes

Ken worked as an electronics engineer, first at the Air Force Cambridge (MA) Research Laboratory, then at Melpar, and finally from 1959 to 1982 at General Electric in Syracuse, NY.

Ken and Norma were married for 48 years.

Norma Holmes and Kenneth Holmes, 1985

After Ken’s retirement they moved to North Carolina, where he died in 1988.

I miss him.


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