James Homan

December 22, 1940 - April 27, 2019
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James A. Homan, age 78, of New Philadelphia, died early Saturday evening, April 27, 2019, while in Hennis Care Centre at Dover.

Born at New Philadelphia on December 22, 1940, Jim was a son of the late Oscar and Magdalene (Bichsel) Homan.

Jim was a 1958 graduate of New Philadelphia High School and served as a memb…

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James A. Homan, age 78, of New Philadelphia, died early Saturday evening, April 27, 2019, while in Hennis Care Centre at Dover.

Born at New Philadelphia on December 22, 1940, Jim was a son of the late Oscar and Magdalene (Bichsel) Homan.

Jim was a 1958 graduate of New Philadelphia High School and served as a member of the Ohio National Guard from 1963 – 1969. Right out of high school, Jim was a delivery driver for Riggle’s Grocery and later was employed by Marlite at Dover for 30 years where he worked in the Paint Room and later as a Forklift Operator.

At an early age, Jim learned about plants and trees. He had the ability to name every plant he came across and most often give the Latin name as well. As a Certified Nursery Technician, Jim operated a small tree farm, Homan’s Evergreen Nursery. After his work at Marlite, Jim worked for Hillcrest Garden Center and later joined Schoenbrunn Landscaping where he worked in the Garden Center and often did lawn and garden maintenance for clients. Even in retirement, Jim enjoyed helping others by doing some of that same maintenance of trimming small trees and shrubbery and cleaning and edging garden beds.

Jim loved being outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisher. He enjoyed running Beagle dogs, hunting squirrels, rabbit and deer; and at the age of 70, went on his first ice fishing expedition. Jim easily picked up and learned new hobbies. Aside from being an avid reader, he was a self-taught carpenter and woodworker. Through the years, he made clocks, bird houses, bird feeders and countless other treasures. He enjoyed making and giving away “Unkl Jim’s Homemade Wine”, working on his 1971 Buick Skylark and was proud that he had completely restored his 1947 Case Tractor.

Uncle Jim, as he became known, and even often referred to himself as such, loved being around others. He especially enjoyed being with his family, hosting bonfires, cookouts, sharing stories of his life experiences. He loved taking time teaching others and made sure his family was cared for.

He will be missed by his children, Jennifer Homan of Boston, Massachusetts, Rachael (Jonathan) Worsley of Berryville, Virginia and Shane (Jennifer) Homan of Newcomerstown; his beloved grandchildren, Evan and Caylin Homan; a special, long-time, friend, Toya Miller of Uhrichsville, a sister-in-law, Jackie Homan of New Philadelphia and numerous nieces and nephews whom enjoyed his company through the years.

In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert “Bob” Homan, Daniel “Dan” Homan and a sister, Mary LaCroix.

The family will greet guests on Monday, May 6, 2019, from 5:00 – 7:00 PM in the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia. Dianna Bramlette will lead a celebration of Jim’s life in the funeral home’s chapel at 7 PM where military honors will be rendered. Immediately following the service, a meal and fellowship will follow in the Geib Family Center, adjacent to the funeral home. Inurnment will take place on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at 10 AM in the Gnadenhutten Clay Union Cemetery.

Instead of flowers, the family requests contributions in Jim’s memory may be directed to the Tree of Life Program, C/O The Wilderness Center, PO Box 202, Wilmot, OH 44689.

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Visitation Information

Date: Monday, May 6, 2019

Time: 5:00 pm

End Time: 7:00 pm

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

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116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

Service Information

Date: Monday, May 6, 2019

Time: 7:00 pm

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

Address:

116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

Cemetery Information

Date: Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Time: 10:00 am

Gnadenhutten Clay-Union Cemetery

Address:

, GNADENHUTTEN, OH, 44629

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Date: Monday, May 6, 2019

Geib Family Center

Address:

116 2nd Street NE, New Philadelphia, OH, 44663

Donation Information

Tree of Life Program

C/O The Wilderness Center
PO Box 202
Wilmot, OH 44689
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Born: December 22, 1940
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On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.

 

Brittany posted on 5/2/19

Jim, I will miss seeing you when I come to work and chatting with you about my dad and grandpa. Rest in peace. Praying for your family and friends.

 

Tiffany bucher posted on 5/2/19

So sorry for your loss I loved jim he was my buddy I worked at hennis what great loving fun guy we had alot of laughs

 

Mark Snyder posted on 5/2/19

My deepest sympathies and all my love and friendship.

 

KATHY. BELL posted on 5/2/19

THINKING OF THE FAMILY WITH PRAYERS I TALKED WITH UNCLE JIM MANY OF TIMES WHEN HOME VISITING SUSIE AND DANNY. HE WILL BE MISSED. REMEMBERING HIS NICE SMILE.

 

Patty posted on 5/2/19

Oh, Jim-balaya, you have given me so many smiles and laughs in the past few years. I am so sorry your family will be without you. Our time at Hennis was filled with dancing and relaxing and watching so many activities. We have had great conversations and drank many cups of coffee. You were compared to Dean Martin, who was one of the greats so it stands that you would be compared to him. I will miss you and your smiling face. I hope your family finds comfort in the fact that you were loved here.. Rip Jim, Your friend Patty-wagon

 

Rhonda Arter posted on 5/2/19

I enjoyed the time I spent with Jim. He was always one of my favorite residents. I will miss him dearly

 

Betsy Radinsky posted on 5/1/19

Dear Rachael, Our condolences to you during this time of sadness. Your dad was a great man to have raised such a wonderful and very special family. Much love to you, Betsy, Mike, Sarah and Jacob

 

Mary Jo Sanner posted on 5/1/19

Jim.... Rest in Peace our very dear friend. What a blessing it was to have you in our lives. What an honor it was to have you stand beside Joe as best man in our wedding. You will forever be in our hearts and in our memory. Love always~

 

Nathan Douglas posted on 5/1/19

Spending time at Uncle Jim's house is something I will never forget. Running around the property, causing havoc and talking to whomever would answer 10 year old kids on the CB Radio are just a few of the memories I will forever cherish. There was always great food or something fresh from the garden to eat and some story that would be shared about his life. Rest well Uncle Jim. -Nathan-

 

Helen sites posted on 5/1/19

So sad to hear about Jim he was a great person

 

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