HOLMES Rodney Bennett
“ROD” of Bloomfield Hills, passed away May 23, 2018 at 73 years of age. Born in Hustisford, WI on Sept. 8, 1944 to the late Frank and Elaine Holmes. Beloved husband of Sandra for 53 years; loving father of Bonnie (Kenneth) Hopkins and Rhonda (Scott) Sundermeyer; proud Papa of Julia, Andrew, Alec, Dawson, Rebecca, Kendall and Delaney; caring brother of Linda Holmes, Martha (John) Galvin and Donna Holmes. Rod enjoyed a long automotive career starting at GM after his graduation from The University of Wisconsin, and ending as President of IEE Automotive. He was very active with his churches in both Michigan and Florida. Some of his passions included travel, classic cars and motorcycles. Rod invested in the lives of everyone he knew and had a mentoring spirit. Above all, he found his greatest joy in spending time with his family.
Monday, May 28th from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at COATS FUNERAL HOME - 8909 Dixie Hwy, CLARKSTON.
Tuesday, May 29th at 11:00 a.m. (in state 10:00) at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church 5631 N. Adams Rd. Bloomfield Hills.
Memorial donations may be made to Sky Foundation to support pancreatic cancer research in Rodney's name.
Dear Sandy ,
I was so schocked to hear that Rod had passed ! I am so sorry for your loss ! I well know how hard it is and I am
Praying that God give you and your family the strength to go through this difficult time . Rod was a great and kind man and will always be remembered by his fine character and graciousness . Please accept my sincere and deepest condolences.
Andrea (Brownell) Forster
I am so sorry for your loss, Sandy. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.
Sandy & Kids,
So sorry to hear about our classmate from so many years ago. I hope you know that you have many friends in Illinois who are here to support you in this sad time.
Condolences from Barbara and me.
Mel & Mike Kerr
Dear Bonnie and family:
So sorry to hear about your father’s passing. Praying that God will surround you all with His peace and love.
Love from your cousins in Dayton—Mel & Mike
Sandy, I am so sad to hear of your loss. It is a difficult time for you but God will help you get through this too. Rod was a good friend and a wonderful neighbor. Rod truly lived to the fullest and made so many people happy.He will be missed, however, the memories of a loving and wonderful man will go on. You and his children were the reason for living, only to continue with his grandchildren. Family always came first and everyone that knew Rod knew that about him.
Please know that my love and prayers are with you and all the wonderful memories will always be with me.
I love you and wish I could be there to give you more comfort, but please feel my arms around you my love will be with you always.
God Bless You and help you get through this time of need.
My condolences to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with your during this difficult time... Peace be with you...
Nancy M Antenucci
Dearest Friend and beautiful Family, We are so sorry for this difficult loss. Suffering has ended for Rod and your hearts are grieving but I am comforted to KNOW he is resting, pain free and filled with gratitude for all your love.
Ray and Nancy
So sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.
Dear Sandy, please receive our true condolences from your friends from Germany. We cannot imagine how you must feel right now. We hope that the beautifull memories of Rodney will help you. We surely will remember him as the great person we have always enjoyed sharing time with. Romy, Klaus, Elvia and Rene
Our hearts go out to you and your family Sandy
What’s great guy !! He will be missed. God bless you??
Sandy, Diane and I are so sadden with the passing of Rod. He was a great colleague and friend. He will be sorely missed by many. We are sorry that we will not be able to attend Rods service, but please keep in mind that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Darrel and Diane Sterzinger
Sandy, I am so sorry to hear about Rod's passing.
My prayers are with you Sandy.
May God bless you and your family.
Sandy, we were saddened to hear of Rod's passing. He will be remembered by many as a talented Pontiac engineer. We also remember him as our neighbor on Waterford Hill. Our prayers are with you. Norb & Cheryl
Carol Super and David Gold
We will miss Rod’s smile whenever we saw him.
We so appreciate his contribution to our Board.
With our deepest condolences
The Golds 2402 west tower
R SAXON BIRDSONG
To Rod's entire family: Rod was a gracious man who helped me once when I was seeking to help another friend. I remember the story he told me about the TR3, and how he had owned it since new, and in college. How he first dated Sandy in the car, and how attached he was to it. Nice memories of a nice man. I will miss seeing him around.
Oh, Sandy so very sorry to learn of Rod's passing, such a great guy!
Love and prayers,
There are no words to express my shock and sorrow to hear of Rod’s passing. We have lost a kind and generous friend who was good to everyone. His calm wisdom was a gift to all you knew him. My thoughts and prayers are with you. With sincere sympathy and may God give you and your family comfort and hope that one day you will all be together.
Shocked to hear the news..
my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time.
May you find peace in all the memories and may God bless you !
Doc and Elli Laudicina
We were greatly saddened to learn of Rod's death. His intelligence, quiet dignity and thoughtfulness earned him the respect and friendship of all who knew him. He will be greatly missed. We hope you and your family will find some comfort in memories of your many happy years together and in knowing that the thoughts and prayers of your many, many friends are with you.
Warren & April Simon
Dear Sandy ,
We are so sad at Rod’s passing. He was a nice man i wish i had gotten to know more.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you my friend.
Tom & Loraine Hall
I sadly read the Pontiac Eng’g Alumni notice of Rod’s passing. He first worked as a new graduate engineer in my Pontiac Vehicle Test Group, and I have many fond memories of Rod. And then when I first retired, I worked in Rod’s group at another vehicle development firm! More good memories! He will be greatly missed by all. May the Good Lord Bless his family. Tom & Loraine Hall, Clarkston.