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Bruce Wayne Holmes

Nov 14, 2020

May 10, 1947 – Oct. 28, 2020

Bruce Wayne Holmes,

73, of Leeds, ND passed

Wednesday, October 28,

2020 peacefully at his

home in Leeds, ND. A

private family funeral

was held Friday, No-

vember 6, 2020 at the Nel-

son Funeral Home Chapel

in Leeds with Pastor Bon-

nie Weaver officiating.

Burial was held at the

Leeds Lutheran Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers,

memorials are preferred

to Heart of America Hos-

pice in Rugby, ND: 800

South Main Avenue Rug-

by, ND 58368.

Bruce Wayne Holmes,

the son of Wayne and

Norma (Schiele) Holmes,

was born May 10, 1947 in

Rugby. He was raised in

Berwick, ND and graduat-

ed from Towner High

School in 1965. Bruce at-

tended Minot State

University and enlisted in

the Army in 1967. Bruce

was honorably discharged

as a Sergeant First Class

in 1969 after serving in

Vietnam from 1968-1969.

Bruce married Renee

Odden, daughter of Ted

and Mary Lou (Smith) Od-

den on October 29, 1971

in Willow City, ND.

Bruce and Renee had two

children Melanie and

Shawn. They lived in

Berwick then later Barton,

ND and spent the last 40+

years of their marriage in

Leeds. Bruce worked for

the Burlington Northern

Sante Fe Railroad as a la-

borer for the Maintenance

Way Division. He was

also a track inspector

when needed. Bruce re-

tired from the BNSF after

serving 30+ years. He

raised and supported his

family through his hard

work which allowed him

some time to enjoy the ac-

tivities he truly

loved-..Hunting, fishing,

sports, and the outdoors

with his family.

Bruce enjoyed playing

sports such as softball,

golf and bowling. He was

a solid golfer but really

exceled in bowling with a

299 being his best game.

Bruce was a constant fan

and enjoyed watching

Melanie and Shawn at

their many events and ac-

tivities on the sidelines

and in the stands. He al-

ways made a point to

make it even on the road

trips after a long day of

work and commuting.

Bruce spent countless

days on Lake Sakakawea

and enjoyed trips up to

Canada to fish. Bruce and

his family spent many

special weekends during

the summer at the Sak

Shack at Van Hook Arm

on Lake Sakakawea. It

was truly a special place

for all, and they are

memories the entire fami-

ly will cherish. He loved

to hunt waterfowl near

Berwick and Leeds and

the occasional Whitetail

Deer near the Blegen

Farm. He enjoyed spend-

ing time with his father

and brothers in the out-

doors but loved bringing

his family with whenever

he could.

Bruce also enjoyed

building and has many

projects to his credit. He

helped on numerous

house projects and reno-

vated the house in Leeds.

There were not many pro-

jects he would not take

on. Another joy was

growing the garden in

Leeds. He spent many en-

joyable hours in the gar-

den and grew a wide

variety of produce. Bruce

spent a lot of time with

his wife Renee there as

well as friends Bucky,

Kevin, Cindy and Tex.

Bruce was a wonderful,

loving grandfather. He

cherished his grandchil-

dren and enjoyed watch-

ing them grow up and

loved hearing about all

the new and funny things

they did and said.

Bruce is survived by

his wife of 49 years,

Renee; children, Melanie

(Jay) Holzbauer, New

Richmond, WI and Shawn

(Kimberly) Holmes, Fargo,

ND; grandchildren, Philip

James Kraft, Ariel and

Javen Holzbauer, and Bro-

dy and Ryder Holmes;

mother-in-law, Mary Lou

(Smith) Peterson; brother,

Steven (Shelly) Holmes

and sister, Nancy Holmes;

sisters-in-law, Judy

(Darwin) Moen and Kathy

(David) Holmes. He is also

survived by several

nieces, nephews and


Bruce was preceded in

death by his parents; his

father-in-law, Ted Odden;

and brother, David.

Online condolences

may be left



The Nelson Funeral

Home of Leeds is in

charge of the arrange-


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