Holmes, John L. Was born on September 5, 1932, to the union of Chester and Ethel Holmes who preceded him in death. He made his transition on January 7, 2012. Police Artist John L. Holmes, a United States Air Force veteran, former United States Postal Worker, and Chicago Public Schools Teacher was appointed to the Chicago Police Department on October 25, 1965. His police career spanned twenty-seven years and included assignments as a Beat Officer in the 6th and 21st Districts, Model Cities Programs, and Bureau of Community Service-Preventive Programs Division. In 1977, he was assigned to the Reproduction and Graphic Arts Section. It was during his work in this department, that John's talent as an artist was recognized, and in 1980 he was promoted to the position of Police Artist. Over his career in law enforcement, John received numerous awards and commendations in recognition of his work from the Chicago Police Department, Mayor Richard J. Daley, the Chicago Chamber of Commerce, the Chicago State University Alumni Association, the United States Secret Service, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Guardians Organization, and the United States Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration, "We Care-Chicago Public Schools" and was featured in the Chicago Sun-Times and Ebony Junior Magazine. His dedication to duty provided the impetus for advancing his skills in composite drawings of alleged criminals by obtaining advance training in composite and forensic drawings at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. John retired from the Police Department in April 1993 but his retirement was short-lived. In 1994, he joined the Cook County Sheriffs Department as an investigator for the Merit Board remaining in this position until 2004. Was that the end of his working career? No. He started working for the Chicago State University Police Department in November 2009 until December 2011. John is survived by his daughters Valencia (of Pasadena, CA) and Jeanine (of Chicago, IL); son, John (of Pasadena, CA.); brother, Thomas (Ada of Los Angeles CA); and grandchildren, Deveto (Christine), Dinita, Kathy (Mark), Karen, Kyle (all of Pasadena, CA) and Kendall (of New York, NY); six great grandchildren: Shakarri, Cole, Cairo, Chloe, Mia, and Mark Jr.; niece, Melissa; and nephew, Deven (of Los Angeles CA); devoted friend and companion, Sandra; special cousin, Dell; longtime buddy, Harold; and many, many, dear friends and extended family members. John was passionate about music, especially Classical and Jazz, and his collection of over 300 owls. John loved life, loved family; he loved friends and was truly a caring individual and "a man for all seasons". A Memorial Service to honor John L. Holmes is being planned.
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Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Jan. 22, 2012