KENNETH E. HOMBERGER
Kenneth E. Homberger, 91, of the Good Samaritan Home, formerly of 3512 The Courts of Westview, Quincy, died at 8:50 a.m. Tuesday (January 5, 2016) in Blessing Hospital.
Born March 28, 1924, in Quincy, Kenneth was the son of Jesse C. and Rose Homberger. He married B. June Harvey on May 3, 1947 in Luther Memorial Church in Quincy. June passed away on March 2, 2013, had she lived two more months they would of celebrated 66 years of marriage.
Ken graduated in 1941 from Quincy Senior High School. In 1942 he enlisted in the United States Navy. After recruit training he was sent to the University of Chicago and trained as a Navy Signalman. Kenneth then served on the U.S.S. Atherton Destroyer Escort 169 for two and a half years in both the Atlantic and Pacific fleets. He then served on the Amphibian Landing Craft Infantry 674 for 4 years. In March of 1950 he was released from active duty, however, he was recalled to active duty during the Korean Conflict in October of 1950 and sent to the far east. He was assigned to the Naval Base in Sasebo, Japan for a year and reassigned to the Naval attachment in Incheon, Korea for 10 months. Ken served 9 years on active duty and was honorably discharged as a First Class Petty Officer Quarter Master Signalman.
In 1952, Ken was employed as a field representative by General Contract Corporation. This company was absorbed into the Illinois State Bank and Ken was then moved into a Credit Unit Manager position. In 1960 Ken joined the Harris Intertype Corporation as Regional Credit Manager. In 1965 he joined Monogram Industries as General Credit Manager.
On January 1, 1975, Ken and June purchased Harvey's Furniture Store from their Aunt and Uncle Walt and Edna Harvey. They were both active in the operation of their business with their son, Joe Homberger and daughter, Janis Wilson until their retirement in 2004. Their children now own the business.
Ken has been a member of the Quincy Masonic Lodge No. 296 since 1947, Quincy Consistory and Elks Lodge No. 100 since 1957. He was a former member of the Quincy Boat Club and Quincy Rotary Club. As a member of the Rotary, he was honored to receive the coveted "Paul Harris Award".
Ken was a well known local musician, playing trombone in his younger days with numerous local dance bands. He was active in the Quincy Senior High School Band and Orchestra and was a original member of the Quincy Park Band under the director Carl Landrum.
From 1960 until 1973 Ken was active in the Boy Scout Troop No. 47, sponsored by Luther Memorial Church. He served as an assistant Scoutmaster along with Bob Elliot who was Scoutmaster for 10 years. He then served 3 years as a Scoutmaster with Jim Franke as his assistant. Between Jim, Bob and Ken they raised 25 Eagle Scouts.
Ken and June were members of Luther Memorial Church for all of their married life. However, since June's death in 2013 Ken has been attending the services at Madison Park Christian Church. He was an avid reader and will be remembered by his family and friends for his remarkable memory and storytelling.
Survivors include a son, Joe Homberger (Janet) of Quincy; a daughter, Janis Wilson (Sid) of Quincy; five grandchildren, Kenneth A. Homberger (Katherine) of Wentzville, MO, Michael J. Homberger (Fiancee LeeAnn Beard) of Quincy, Tasha Beck Albold (Chad) of Hanford, CA, Lindsay Beck Kelly (Ryan) of Greenwood, IN and Trevor Beck (Kristin) of Quincy; eight great grandchildren, Blake Lindsay Albold and Cade David Albold of Hanford, CA, Lauryn Tasha Kelly, Lila Kristi Kelly, Levi Patrick Kelly of Greenwood, IN and Drew Nicole Homberger, Nora Renee Homberger of Wentzville, MO, Reece Jonathan Beck Quincy, IL; and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mr. Homberger was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, June; and a sister, Mary Ellen Mahannah.
Cremation has been accorded to Mr. Homberger. The family will meet with friends to celebrate Ken's life on Sunday afternoon from 3:00 to 5:00 at the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home.
Private family inurnment will be in Greenmount Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Madison Park Christian Church