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James E. Homco

JAMES E. HOMCO TEXAS/WHITING, IN

James E. Homco, age 89, of Missouri City, TX, formerly of Whiting, passed away on November 1, 2012 at the Memorial City Hospital in Houston, TX. He was born on April 12, 1923 to Stephen and Lena (nee Popovich) Homco who preceded him in death. James is survived by his beloved wife, Lorraine (nee Justak); loving father of Karen (James) Crinion of Missouri City, TX, Linda Homco of Ithaca, NY, Gwent (James) Markley of Missouri City, TX, Leta (Kevin) O'Connor of Alexandria, VA, and James (Tatiana) Homco of Houston, TX; seven grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; brother-in-law, of Raymond (Martine) Justak of Indianapolis, IN, Genevieve (late Eugene) Justak of Chesterton, IN, and Annette (Marcello) Borgetti of Schererville, IN. James was retired from Amoco (BP) where he was a member of Human Resources Training and Development, served as E.R. Manager at the Mandan Refinery, and was a member of American Society of Training and Development. A graduate of Whiting High School (1941), he was senior class president and lettered all four years in football, basketball, and baseball. He received his BA from Northwestern University where he played basketball and baseball, was a member of the NU Mens Club and Delta Upsilon Fraternity. At NU he received a commission through the Naval ROTC program in 1945 and served in the Pacific theater of WWII. Upon returning from duty, he joined the White Sox organization at Waterloo as shortstop. He then became a teacher and coach at Whiting High School. He recently was honored on the Wall of Fame at the new Oil City Stadium in Whiting, IN. James holds a MS Degree in Education from Indiana University and an Industrial and Labor Relations Certificate from Purdue University. James coached Robertsdale and West Des Moines little leagues. Was an officer in Coldspring Business and Merchants Association, a member of the Lions Club, St. John Adult Choir and Marian Theater Guild where he is best remembered for his part as Capt. Von Trapp in Sound of Music (1962). While in the Chicago area, he attended Antoinette Pope's Candy school where he mastered the art of chocolatier and founded JEMS Chocolates. He loved to fish, mindful that "The Creator does not deduct from man's allotted time those hours spent fishing." A Memorial Mass will be held Friday, November 23, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Laurence Catholic Church in Sugar Land, TX with Fr. Tom Hawxhurst, officiating. Interment of ashes with military honors will follow at Houston National Cemetery. Funeral services provided by Settegast-Kopf of Sugar Land, TX. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a or to St. John School Endowment Fund, 1849 Lincoln Ave. Whiting, IN 46394.
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Published in The Times on Nov. 18, 2012
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