Duane "D. W." Homan, 80, of Cherokee, passed away Friday, Jan. 11, 2008 in a Wichita, Kan. Hospital following a two-month illness.
Memorial services were held Jan. 17 at 11 a.m. at the Memorial Presbyterian Church in Cherokee.
Duane was born June 25, 1927 at Waverly to Carl and Ila (Johnson) Homan. He graduated from Waverly High School in 1945. He was married to Maxine Ritchie on April 20, 1952 at Waverly.
Duane worked for the Iowa State Highway Patrol from 1954 until 1974, and was employed with Wilson Foods Corp. from 1974 until his retirement. He had lived in Cherokee since 1966. Prior to that he lived in Humboldt for 12 years. and was originally from Waverly.
Duane was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U. S. Army. He was a member of the Memorial Presbyterian Church, the Lion's Club, the Masonic Lodge at Waverly, and the Iowa Firefighters Association. He enjoyed golfing, traveling and having coffee and time spent with his friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Maxine on Oct. 24, 2005, and one brother Mervin Homan.
He is survived by one son and one daughter: Jim Homan and his wife Debra of Wichita, Kan.; Patty Schmitz of Gering, Neb.; three grandchildren: Shawn Homan of Columbus, Ohio; Danny Schmitz of Anchorage, Ala.; Jennifer Schmitz of Torrington, Wyo.; four step-grandchildren: Courtney, Zachary, Joshua and Matthew Martens; four step great-grandchildren: Ashleigh, James, Blakely and Chloe Martens.