LEOTI — Norman Jack Homan, 85, of Sedalia, Mo., died Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia. He was a former resident of Leoti.
He was born Oct. 31, 1927, in Delavan, Wis., to August and Viola Cornelia Jones Homan.
On Sept. 14, 1953, he married Gussie June Mayo in Garden City. She died in May 2004. He also was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Joyce Huckabee.
Mr. Homan served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict, rising to the rank of corporal. He earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Wisconsin in Whitewater on the GI Bill. In 1961, he and his family moved to Leoti, 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 and taught Sunday school in Leoti and at Wesley United Methodist Church in Sedalia. He was a member of Gideons International, 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, Leoti Park and Recreation Board, Leoti Senior Center and 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.
Survivors include three sons, John Homan and his wife Anneliese of Sedalia, Paul Homan of Wichita, and Mark Homan and his wife Wendy of Wichita; a daughter, Debra Youngquist and her husband Ken of Memphis, Tenn.; a daughter-in-law, Donna Homan of Winfield; two brothers, Richard "Dick" Homan of Verona, Wis., and Roger Homan of Madison, Wis.; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at Kansas Veterans Cemetery in Fort Dodge.
Condolences may be offered at www.heckartfuneralhome.com. Memorials are suggested to the Wesley Way Foundation, in care of Wesley Methodist Church in Sedalia.
Arrangements are in the care of Heckart Funeral Home in Sedalia.