Albert L. Holmes, Sr. (Nub), 74 of Caldwell passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday
January 31, 2020. Al spent the last 4 years of his life in Council, Idaho, which was a long time
dream of his.
During his 9 day stay in the hospital before his passing, Al wanted to write his own obituary. He
got a good start, but didn’t have the opportunity to finish so we decided to use his words and
add to them.
First and foremost, Nub wanted everyone to know that he really loved people, and that he loved
hunting and fishing. He especially loved teaching kids to hunt and fish. Al had a great sense of
humor and loved teasing about pretty much everything. A great niece remembers visiting one
time and Nub convinced her that chocolate sprinkles were chocolate covered ants. She believed
him for a long time. At least one grandson was always greeted with, “Hello ugly.”, to which he
would respond, “Hi uglier than me.” Another grandson was called “Princess” for no particular
reason. All of the grandkids and others remember the animal heads hanging on the wall in the
living room. The kids would ask about the rest of the animal and Al told them to go outside and
see them on the other side of the wall. They all did and would go back inside disappointed when
grandpa would laugh and tell them that they were too late and would have to be quicker the next
Nub wanted everyone to know that he had a special bond with friends and extended family. He
said that growing up with Uncle Amos was more like having an extra brother than an uncle, as if
having 6 brothers wasn’t enough. He also thought a lot of his cousin David Wayne Freeman and
recalled the many times they had gone fishing, hunting, or to one another’s house to play cards
or shoot the breeze. There were so many cousins and friends who were more like brothers and
sisters that we couldn't even begin to name them all.
Al is survived by two brothers, Clifford Holmes and Don Holmes, and a sister, Kathryn Nadine
Crist. He has a son, Albert Holmes, Jr.(Shaunerie) of Caldwell, Idaho, and three daughters,
Sheila Henness (Curtis) of Lebanon, Oregon, Paula Thompson (Bobby) of Boise, Idaho, and
Leslie Dean-Webb (Craig), of Caldwell, Idaho. Al is survived by 8 grandsons, Victor DeRose,
Mitchell Brolin, Devin Talich, Albert Holmes III (JJ), Kristofer Dean, Johnathan Dean, Craig
Webb, and Jeremiah (Elvis). Al also has 5 granddaughters, Kristina Thompson, Samantha
Stallard, Danielle Holmes, Kayla Brenton, and Savannah (Marie). He is also survived by great
grandchildren, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends too numerous to mention.
Al was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 49 years, Charlotte, his parents Oliver Wendell
Holmes and Olive DeLois Freeman Holmes (Toots), Four brothers, Richard Holmes, Kenneth
Holmes, Larry Holmes, and Michael Holmes, Granddaughters Jennifer Lynn Thompson and
Ashley Marie Holmes, Grandson SSGT Anthony James Dean (USAF), Granddaughter in law
Chelsi Kay Dean, Great Granddaughters Kaytlin Merie Dean, Avri James Dean, and Brooklynn
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to the Dean Family Memorial Fund
account at Idaho Central Credit Union. Questions or comments relating to that may be directed
to Leslie Dean-Webb (208)249-5618.
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