Norman Jack Homan, 85, of Sedalia, died Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia.
He was born Oct. 31, 1927, in Delavan, Wisc., son of August and Viola Cornelia Jones Homan. On Sept. 14, 1953, in Garden City, Kan., he married Gussie June Mayo, who preceded him in death in May 2004.
He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict, rising to the rank of corporal. He earned his Bachelors at the University of Wisconsin in Whitewater on the GI Bill. In 1961, he and his family moved to Leoti, Kan., where he taught English and photojournalism for nearly three decades. He earned Master’s degrees at Fort Hays State University and Kansas State University and later served as a high school counselor.
Mr. Homan was a deacon at the Leoti Methodist Church in Leoti, Kan., and taught Sunday school in Leoti and at Wesley United Methodist Church in Sedalia. He and June were members of Gideons International. He served as chairman of the Southwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging and served several terms in the Kansas Silver Haired Legislature. He held leadership positions with the Leoti Lions Club, the Leoti Park and Recreation Board, the Leoti Senior Center, and the Wichita County Library Board. In his summers he worked for the ASC office, measuring land to be conserved for corn and wheat and painted classrooms for the Wichita County School District.
He was an avid reader who loved history. He often shared his memory of a symposium he attended at the University of Wisconsin in Whitewater where he had a conversation with a man who would one day rise to prominence: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Surviving are three sons, John Homan (Anneliese), of Sedalia, Paul Homan, of Wichita, Kan., and Mark Homan (Wendy), of Wichita, KS; a daughter, Debra Youngquist (Ken), of Memphis, Tenn.; a daughter-in-law, Donna Homan, of Winfield, Kan.; two brothers, Richard “Dick” Homan, of Verona, Wisc., and Roger Homan, of Madison, Wisc.; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Joyce Huckabee.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, July 5, at the Kansas Veterans Cemetery in Fort Dodge, Kan.
Memorials may be given to the Wesley Way Foundation in care of Wesley Methodist Church in Sedalia, Missouri.
Arrangements are in the care of Heckart Funeral Home in Sedalia.
Condolences may be offered at www.heckartfuneralhome.com.