Joshua Aaron Holmes, 47, died unexpectedly at home on May 20, 2022. The family is deeply saddened by the loss of such a wonderful man, husband, father, brother, uncle, and son. Joshua Aaron was born during a late spring snowstorm to David and Virginia Holmes in Rochester, MN. He graduated from John Marshall High School, St. Olaf College, and the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.
After graduating with a master's degree in Physical Therapy, Josh spent his career pursuing his life-long goals. His brother recalls Josh providing assistant to classmates in grade school. Josh had a gift of helping others and provided compassionate care to the Rochester community. He started his career at OMC Medical Center and then worked weekends at the Mayo Clinic in the rehabilitation unit. In 2008, Josh fulfilled a life-long dream when he founded, Achieve Results Physical Therapy, a private out-patient physical practice. He provided treatments to improve patients quality of life, bringing them back to mobility, to help them recover from surgery and to instill confidence that they could resume their lives before injury. He did this with compassion, skill, humor, and a daily "fun fact" for his patients and staff. He prided himself upon serving the veterans and breast cancer survivors as he believed everyone deserved to be treated with kindness. He worked tirelessly because he loved his profession. He had an incredible work ethic that will forever be remembered.
When Josh wasn't healing, he loved spending time at the family cabin, enjoying his family and friends who often joined us. Josh loved to boat, fish, hunt, golf, camp and spent his life enjoying those things while ensuring everyone got a good laugh. He loved doing dishes at family gatherings and making amazing burgers. He had a great sense of humor and an extreme love of family. His favorite time of the day was in the morning as the sun rose because it reminded him, he lived another day. Josh married the love of his life, Jill, in 2002. They have three children Jess, Tucker and Eli who are his pride and joy. He supported their life in all their fullness-he cheered them on in their pursuits of excellence at home, in school and in life. He leaves us too early as his work was not done.
Josh was preceded in death by his grandparents David and Ethel Holmes; Edmund and Mary Helen Zuehlke.
He is survived by his wife, Jill Holmes; his three children, Jess, Tucker and Eli Holmes; parents, David and Virginia (Zuehlke) Holmes; his brothers, David (Trey) Richard and wife Sarah (Thompson) Holmes, Nathaniel Holmes, and favorite sister Jessica (Holmes) Noe and her husband Jess. His in-laws, John and Ann Lograsso, and Peter and Rebecca Birk; his sister and brother-in laws; aunts and uncles; cousins; nieces and nephews; and college buddies of which there are too many to name, but you all know who you are.
Josh was loved by so many. He was an inspiration to those who knew him, a friend to most and always went out of his way to help others.
A visitation will be held at Ranfranz & Vine funeral homes in Rochester on Thursday May 26, 2022, from 5:00-8:00 PM. A funeral service will be held Friday May 27, 2022, at Christ United Methodist Church in Rochester at 11:00am with a one-hour visitation beforehand starting at 10:00 am. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to The Josh Holmes Memorial Fund, PO Box 6562, Rochester, MN 55903.
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Josh was my PT and also my mother's PT. He was so great at what he did. Always kind and caring. He loved his kids and was so proud of them. We have lost a great man. So sorry.
Was so saddened to hear this news. Josh helped me through a knee surgery that didn't go well. He was a joy to be around and so truly caring. He spoke so highly about his family telling me of the swimming and sports functions he was going to. He made a big impact on me so much that on occasion I would stop I'm to just say hello. Lifting prayers for his family and friends who loved him. This is a tremendous loss for you all. What a strong legacy of kindness he marked the world with. Julie Jones Rochester MN
Our condolences to the entire Holmes family, and to the community which Joshua helped to build.Memorial Tree was purchased for the family of Joshua Aaron Holmes by Nicholas Hugenberg and Laurel O'Reilly.
We are so sorry for your loss. The BIR holds you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. May you be comforted in this difficult time.Peaceful White Lilies Basket was purchased for the family of Joshua Aaron Holmes by Mayo Biomedical Imaging Resource Staff.
I am so incredibly sorry for the loss of your wonderful husband and father. I will be holding you all close to my heart during this difficult time.Blue Caribbean was purchased for the family of Joshua Aaron Holmes by Jen from Collins Orthodontics.
Dear Dr. and Mrs. Holmes, We are deeply saddened to hear about Josh. Our love and prayers are with you at this time. -Kavita and Abhiram PrasadMemorial Tree was purchased for the family of Joshua Aaron Holmes by Tribute Store.
Jill, Tucker, Eli and Jessa, Our deepest sympathies are with you at this difficult time!! We always enjoyed the end of the driveway conversations with Josh and he helped us out many times!!!! Our hearts are breaking for you guys!