Deane R. Holmes

A Celebration of Life service for Deane R. Holmes, 75, Prairie Village, will be at 1:00 PM Saturday, July 11, 2015, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory. The family will receive friends following the service. Mr. Holmes died Friday, July3, 2015, at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas.

He was born October 6, 1939, in Lawrence, the son of Raymond D. and Erna K. Schwarz Holmes. He graduated from Lawrence High School in 1957. After serving in the U.S. Army, Deane earned a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University. Deane was a loss control consultant in the insurance industry for more than 45 years. Upon graduation from KSU, he began his career with FIA, then taking a fire protection engineering position with R.B. Jones – Alexander & Alexander – Aon. He later took the loss control position with Hays Corporation. He was a member of the NFPA and GEAPS. As a member of NFPA he served on several committees helping to write and establish current standards for underground and grain storage.

He married Sherry McCanles in June, 1961, in Lawrence. She survives of the home. Other survivors include a son, Deane R. Holmes Jr. and wife Aimee, Lawrence; a grandson, Adam J. Holmes, Gardner; a sister Deanna Marquette and husband Dick, Overland Park; a niece Jennifer Marquette, nephews Neal Marquette and Stephen Marquette; and numerous cousins.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Kansas State University School of Veterinary Medicine in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, Kansas 66044. Online condolences may be sent at

Messages & Condolences

From Patrick Huff...

Sherry, deepest condolences to you and family. I worked with Deane in the FIA KC office back around ’70-’72 and saw Deane on rare occasions at seminars and while conducting business on some of his accounts through the years following. He was always a gentleman and always had good things to say about his family. Among the many things he will be remembered for, I will remember his crew cut, short sleeve white shirts and steel shoe caps. Again, my deepest sympathy.

From Thomas Altvater...

Dear Sherry and Deane Jr
I’ve known Deane since 1970. He was a wonderful friend and mentor at the old FIA. I am so happy we kept in touch over the years and I want to express my deepest sympathy at his passing. I hope you like the flowers.
Take care now. Tom

From Loretta (Cates)and Charles Dunbar...

Sherry, we are sending our thoughts and prayers to you and your family on the loss of Deane. You both have done so much for the class of 1957. We are so sorry for your loss.
Loretta (Cates) Charles Dunbar

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