ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Jimmie Jule Homan Sr., 83, passed away Oct. 1, 2015, after a 14 year struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was born Nov. 5, 1931, in Cheyenne, Wyo. and lived most of his life in Wyoming, New Mexico and Kansas. Jim met and married his first wife, Nadine Havens, in Cheyenne and together they had three children, Tamara, Jimmie Jr. and Chrystal. Later in life he met and married Carla Praeger in Albuquerque, N.M. where they lived for a number of years before moving to Kansas. Although he drifted apart from both his loves they remained close friends.
Jim enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing which he passed down to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His children have fond memories of the mountains of Wyoming and hunting and fishing with their father. Jim was a carpenter, contractor and incredible craftsman and he passed down these skills to his children and grandchildren. He loved automobiles and fixing and building them. Jim was creative too and made jewelry as a hobby. He loved his animals and spoiled them with a passion. Jim shared his carpentry and creative skills, and friendship with many people. He loved people and lived life to its fullest and his home was often a gathering place. His children, grand, and great-grandchildren will forever remember his fun-loving, charismatic and silly nature. Surrounded by his grandchildren Jim would become childlike himself, often playing practical jokes on everyone.
He was preceded in death by his parents Jule Jimmie and Nellie Elizabeth Homan; and grandchildren Tina and Bryan Monaghan. Jim is survived by his children Tamara Rausch, Jim Homan (Mary Homan), and Chrystal Schroder (Lester Schroder); seven grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren. A private family service is planned at his son’s home in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, N.M. on Oct. 10.
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Oct. 8, 2015**