Bickley B. Holmes, 84, Topeka, passed away peacefully with all his girls around him on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at the Alma Manor Nursing Center.
He was born September 12, 1937, in Lebanon, Virginia, the son of Denny B. Holmes and Velma "Cass" Holmes Hartzler.
Bick lived most of his life in Topeka and graduated from Highland Park High School in 1956. In 1976, he graduated from Washburn University with a BSA Fine Arts degree.
He served in the Kansas National Guard for eight years with rank of Specialist 4th Class.
Bick was proud to serve as an Emergency Preparedness Planner 1 for the state of Kansas, retiring in 1999.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Martha A. (Myers) Holmes; daughter Cynthia Renee Holmes; foster daughter, Jessica L. Fleer (Jessica R.) all of Topeka; foster granddaughter, Ashley (Cody) Hunt, Mayetta; two brothers, Cooper Bart Holmes, Emporia and Darl K. Holmes, Topeka; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Connie Lynn Holmes, mother and step-father, Velma "Cass” and Sherman Hartzler, father, Denny B. Holmes, foster-daughter, Trisha Fleer, and sister, Carman Morstsorf.
He loved to do ink drawings and work with ceramics. He also donated plasma at the Topeka Blood Bank every Friday for many, many years, earning special recognition featured in the Topeka Capital Journal.
A celebration of life gathering will be from 1pm-3pm Saturday, October 16, 2021 at Dove Cremations & Funerals Southeast Chapel, 2843 SE Minnesota Ave, Topeka.
Memorial contributions may be made to Helping Hands Humane Society, 5720 SW 21st St., Topeka, KS 66604 or Topeka Blood Bank, 6220 SW 29th St, Topeka, KS 66614.
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