Homer O. "Hop" Poorman, Jr.
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HEBRON: A memorial service for Homer O. "Hop" Poorman, Jr., age 82, of Hebron, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 2, at the American Legion, 108 Water Street, Hebron, with Pastor Brian Harkness officiating. Military honors will be observed by the Licking County Veterans Alliance.
Homer passed away on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at his home. He was born on August 26, 1930 in Somerset, Ohio to the late Homer O. Poorman, Sr. and Thelma (Fisher) Poorman Holdbrook.
Upon graduation from Hebron High School (Class of 1948), Homer enlisted in the United States Navy and served for four years. After his discharge from the Navy, he enlisted in the United States Army, 101st Airborne, and served for eighteen years. He was a graduate of Officer's Candidate School, received his Jump Wings from Parachute Jump School and served in the Green Berets. He served in Vietnam in 1966 and 1967 with the 173rd Airborne where he was wounded in 1967. During this tour he was awarded the Purple Heart, V for Valor and the Combat Infantry Badge. He also served tours of duty in Germany and Japan before going to Vietnam. He retired as a First Lieutenant with military honors in October of 1969.
In addition to his military career, he worked as a shipping and receiving clerk at Diebold, Inc. and spent several years in real estate. He enjoyed bowling and golf, especially the golfing trips with his wife and their friends. He was a member of St. Paul's Ev, Lutheran Church in Newark, Hebron American Legion, Vietnam Veterans of America and the Military Order of the Purple Heart, among several others. He also served on the committee to build the Veterans Memorial in Hebron.
He is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Lucy (Rees) Wilson Poorman; sons, Derrick and Forrest (Jelena) Poorman of Los Angeles, CA; step-sons, Dana, Greg and Jim (Sharon) Wilson of Hebron; grandchildren, Jacob, Anastasia, Joshua, Shawn, Chad, Gavin, Amber and Mike; ten great-grandchildren, including his "special buddy", Trenton Lee Wilson; aunts, nieces and cousins.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Kandy, and her mother, Carolyn Fitzgerald Poorman; sisters and brother-in-law, Mary and Donald Meinzen and Karen Holdbrook Kentosh.
The family would like to express their thanks to five special military buddies from five different states, that he served with in Vietnam, who came to visit him last summer, and other military friends who have kept in touch over the years.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Central Ohio, Hebron American Legion or the Wounded Warrior Project.
The Heath Chapel of Henderson-Van Atta-Stickle Funeral & Cremation Service is assisting the family with arrangements.
Please visit www.hendersonvanatta.com to view a memorial and to leave a message of condolence for the family.
Published in the Advocate on Feb. 26, 2013