Peter Martin Holmer, passed away peacefully at Edward Hospital on May 7, 2018 at age 67. He was preceded in death by his spouse Linda Holmer nee Koenigsberg and his parents. Reverend Holmer always made time for any and all, providing stewardship and guidance to those in need. He is survived by his daughter Julia Gray (Will) of Batavia, daughter Marianne Holmer of Chicago, son Nathan Holmer (Leah) of Oswego, grandchildren Collin and Signe Gray, brother Richard Holmer (Susan), sister Mary Essley (Roger), as well as nieces and nephews.
Peter was a 1968 graduate of St. Charles High School and received his BA in English from Augustana College in 1972. After graduating from Yale Divinity School, Peter was ordained on May 26, 1976, by the Lutheran Church in America. His first call was to Faith Lutheran Church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. He served at First Lutheran Church in Kirkland, Illinois from 1979-1988. Peter then served nearly 29 years at St. John Lutheran Church in Joliet, Illinois until he retired in July 2017.
Peter was a loving father and husband. He loved to travel the world with his family. He was adventurous and embraced the outdoors. Peter could often be found relaxing with a book or playing the piano. A great story teller and writer, he always kept the attention of his audience. Peter rejoiced in 2016 when his beloved Cubs finally won the World Series. He brought energy and a zest for life each day.
A funeral service will be held, Monday May 14, 2018 at 11 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church 2650 Plainfield Rd Joliet, Illinois. Visitation Saturday 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church 2650 Plainfield Rd Joliet, Illinois . Memorials to St. John Lutheran Church, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, 1001 E. Touhy Ave. Ste 50, Des Plaines, IL 60018 and Friends of Mwangaza, Inc., 614 S. Fourth St. Ste 368, Philadelphia, PA 19147.