Kenneth Homewood

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KENNETH CARL HOMEWOOD, 94 ROCKFORD - Kenneth Carl Homewood, 94 of Rockford passed away August 12, 2014. He was born July 19, 1920, in Strawberry Point, Iowa, the son of Richard Edwin Homewood and Lorena Emma (Moser) Homewood. Ken spent his formative years on the family farm and graduated from Strawberry Point High School in 1939. He attended the University of Minnesota, and then went to work at Woodward Governor Company in Loves Park. In 1943, he joined the Navy where he trained in Navy Electronics at Oklahoma A & M and Treasure Island, CA. During WWII, he served as a radar technician in the South Pacific, surviving a Japanese bombing attack while on board the USS Orestes in December of 1944. Earlier that year, he met Vivian Elaine Harvey in San Francisco, CA. They were married on May 26, 1945, in Hollywood, CA. Following the war, Ken was back working for Woodward Governor before starting out on his own with Homewood Construction ("Homes by Homewood") in 1948, building homes and apartment complexes in Loves Park and Rockford until his retirement in 1985. Civic responsibility was always of utmost importance to Ken who served two terms on the Loves Park City Council, 1957-1965. He chaired the Water Works Committee and oversaw construction of the city water facility. From 1965-1972, he served on the Winnebago County Board where he worked on the Planning Committee and participated in interstate planning with Wisconsin and Iowa. He served for a time on the Tinker Swiss Cottage Board, as well as on the Methodist Church Northern Illinois Camp and Conference Committee. He was an active member of Court Street Methodist Church, especially the Building Committee, where he helped plan the chapel and education wing addition. Ken loved to travel and made frequent trips to Florida, California, and Hawaii, as well as traveling abroad to such destinations as Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Russia, and the Panama Canal. Ken caught the genealogy bug and spent a great deal of time researching the Moser and Homewood families which meant trips to Switzerland and England as well. A trip to Washington DC in 2010, to tour the WWII Memorial with his four children was also a highlight. Later in life, following the death of his first wife, Vivian, Ken met and married Barbara Doerr Snider in March of 1999. Ken loved telling stories, eating fresh temple oranges, solving crytoquotes, and getting together with family. He also possessed the rare talent of being able to wiggle his ears! Ken is survived by his wife, Barbara; daughter, Diane (Daniel) Neal of Freeport; sons, Steven (Betsy) Homewood of Rockford, David Homewood of Sonoma, CA, and John (Judy) Homewood of Walnut Creek, CA; step-daughters, Kaye (Richard) Theisen and Janice (David) Parsons. He is also survived by the following grandchildren, Lorena Neal (John Koski), Evanston, Irene (Christ) Belesiotis, Hoffman Estates, Caitlin (Brian) Buffa, Villa Park, Stephanie (Brandon) Boozer, Apex, NC, Bradley (Amber) Homewood, Roscoe, Roxanne Homewood, Brandon Homewood, Donald Homewood, and Thomas Homewood, Walnut Creek, CA; as well as step-grandsons, Richard (Marsha) Theisen, Jr. and Steven (Heather)Theisen; great-grandchildren, Elinor and Evelyn Koski, Talia and Niko Belesiotis, Palmer and Reece Boozer, Izabella and Sophiya Homewood, Curtis Pruitt, Keiton and Channing Johnson, Kayleigh Dorian; as well as step-great-grandchildren, Morgan and Brock Theisen and Makenzie and Rosilee Meuser. Ken is also survived by his sister, Marjorie (David) Ripley. Predeceased by his first wife, Vivian; brother, Russell Moser Homewood; and step-great-granddaughter, Emily Theisen. Special thanks to Timothy, John, Sue, and all the staff who cared for Ken at Wesley Willows. A visitation will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 27, 2014, in the Van Sickle Room at Wesley Willows, 4141 N. Rockton Avenue, Rockford, followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m. celebrating Ken's life, with the Rev. Douglas Williams officiating. Service to be held in the same building in Johns Chapel, with fellowship following the service back in the Van Sickle Room. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Good Samaritan Fund at Wesley Willows in Rockford or to Camp Courageous in Monticello, Iowa. Honquest Family Funeral Homes - Mulford Chapel is honored to have assisted the family. To share a memory or condolence please visit
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Published in The Journal-Standard from Aug. 26 to Aug. 27, 2014
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