Homer Ray Hite of Emmetsburg and Harlingen, TX, passed away on Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, at Lakeside Lutheran Home in Emmetsburg, at the age of 88.
Born in Topeka, KS on Oct. 29, 1925, he was the middle of three children born to Willa and Ray Hite. His early years were spent in Nebraska, but with the onset of the dust bowl, the family moved to Emmetsburg in 1929. Following his graduation from high school, Homer went to Iowa State College (now ISU) in Ames. This education was interrupted by WWII during which Homer served from 1943 to 1945 in the Army Air Corp in Victoria, TX. He was a control tower operator and had many stories about the foreign pilots that trained at the base.
During his military service, Homer met his wife, of 69 years, Irene. She was a nurse and this truly was love at first sight. After they were married and the service commitment was completed, they returned to Ames to finish college where he earned a degree in Agricultural Engineering. After graduation, Home and Irene, along with their first son, moved to Horicon, WI where he was employed by John Deere as an engineer designing and testing grain drills.
In 1950, Homer returned to Emmetsburg to help his father in the local John Deere dealership. With the passing of Ray in 1954, Homer ran this business until his retirement.
Homer and Irene spent many retirement years traveling and fishing, returning either to Emmetsburg or to a winter retreat in South Texas.
Homer was preceded in death by his parents, Willa and Ray Hite and an older sister, Mabel Lichty.
He is survived by his wife, Irene; a younger brother, Russell (Becky) of Florida; two sons, Chuck (Deb) of Cylinder, and Wayne (Judy) of Dolores, Colorado; three grandchildren, Shanda, Bryan (Julie) and Brent (Debbie); and five great grandchildren, Maddie, Teegan, Brennan, Hunter and Tanner.
Services are pending at the Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Lakeside Lutheran Home and Hospice of Palo Alto County.
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