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June 21, 2014
R. Michael Homa, 65, of Minersville, passed away at home Saturday evening.
Born in Pottsville, he was a son of the late Charles B. and Nedra Sidler Homa.
He was a 1967 graduate of Minersville Area High School where he was an accomplished athlete, playing baseball and basketball. But he played his best in football, holding three Minersville records. He was named to both the first-team All-State and the Big 33 team.
He earned a football scholarship to Arizona State University and also attended East Stroudsburg University before joining the Army. He served as a combat medic and rifleman in Vietnam. During his tour, he was attached to a six-man Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol in the Central Highlands with the 5th Special Forces Group. Among the awards Mike received were the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal and Vietnam Cross of Gallantry.
Mike was employed by Quaker Maid Kitchens and retired from Lehigh Valley Dairy.
He was a member of St. Matthew the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, Minersville, and a life member of New Minersville Fire Company and Pottsville AMVETS Post 180.
Mike continued his love of sports as a devoted fan of Minersville Area High School softball and girls' basketball. He was a die-hard Ohio State Buckeyes fan. He was also an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed trout fishing and turkey hunting.
Surviving are his wife, the former Nancy Bush, with whom he celebrated 36 years of marriage on May 27; his daughter, Lisa Homa, Elysburg; two brothers, James Homa (Geraldine), West West Terrace, and David Homa, West West Terrace; nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at Dutcavich Funeral Home, 200 Sunbury St., Minersville, from 6 p.m. Tuesday and from 6 to 9:15 a.m. Wednesday. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Matthew the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 135 Spruce St., Minersville. Interment with military honors will be in St. Stanislaus Kostka No. 2 Cemetery, Branch Township. The family prefers donations to St. Matthew Church Memorial Fund or to Minersville Area High School Scholarship Fund.
Dutcavich Funeral Home - Minersville
200 Sunbury Street
Minersville, PA 17954
Published in Republican & Herald on June 23, 2014