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William Homrighausen

Obituary for William Homrighausen

January 13, 1926 - March 21, 2015
Carmel, Indiana | Age 89

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William J. Homrighausen passed away on Saturday, March 21 at HCR Manor Care at Summer Trace in Carmel.

Bill was born in East St. Louis, Illinois on January 13, 1926 to Henry B. and Mary Veronica (Gilligan) Homrighausen. He was preceded in death in July 2014 by his wife of 63 years, Joan; by his father in 1941 and by his mother in 1977.

Bill spent his childhood in East St. Louis and then Belleville, Illinois. He attended Blessed Sacrament Grade School and then Belleville's Cathedral High School, graduating in June 1943. Throughout his young years he enjoyed summers and seasonal work on the family farm in Red Bud, Illinois. He and his brother Jack also had time for mischief as he often told the story of how they would hop on the coal train not far from their house -- only to find their father waiting for them at the next station, having been alerted by a watchful housekeeper! After their father suffered a debilitating stroke, Bill and Jack worked hard to supplement the family income and to support their mother and little sister.

Immediately following high school, Bill enlisted in the US Marine Corps. He served as a drill instructor, taught hand-to-hand combat, and eventually served in the Pacific Theatre, attaining the rank of 1st LT. Following the war he completed his college education under the GI Bill, graduating from Miami University (Ohio) in 1947. While there he was a member of Sigma Chi and a tennis player.

Two weeks after graduation, Bill began his career with Shell Oil Company, where he stayed until retirement in 1986. He began work in the maintenance gang and advanced into various management positions, working throughout the East Coast and Midwest. During his 39 years with Shell he was blessed with deep friendships, many of which endured to his death.

While in New York, Bill met Joan and she became his bride on May 12, 1951. Over the next 63 years they shared the joys of 4 children and 12 grandchildren, creating a loving home wherever Bill's job took them. They settled in Carmel in 1966 and right away became parishioners at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. They enjoyed family vacations at Glen Lake MI in the 1960s, family reunions at Patoka Lake, travel in their motor home, several trips to Ireland, along with cruises and endless bridge games with dear friends Bob and Ann Hartman. After retirement Bill was the "every Tuesday" volunteer at the St. Vincent Stress Center for many years. He was also an active member of the Carmel Lions Club, an avid lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan, and a faithful supporter of the Carmel High School Greyhounds. During the last 5 years he was especially blessed by the companionship of his devoted canine, Mitzi.

Bill is survived by his four children: Jean (Tony) Zander of Indianapolis; Bill (Barb) Homrighausen, Jr. of Plano, TX; Mary (Jim) Melchior of Louisville, KY; and Christine (Ron) Smith of Louisville, KY. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren: Eileen Zander (and fiancé David Surprenant), Will Zander, 2nd LT Kevin Zander US Army; Ross and Jim Homrighausen; Erin Melchior, Maureen (Jason) Volz, Tom Melchior and Sam Melchior; Jackson, Evan, and Andrew Smith. Additional survivors are his brother, John H. "Jack" (and Joanne) Homrighausen of Fredricksburg, TX; his sister, Sara Ann (and Rod) Kelley; as well as numerous devoted cousins, nieces, and nephews.

The family would like to thank all those who have been so supportive in the care of our father and grandfather during his illnesses over the last years. We thank his many physicians (especially Dr. Craig Cieciura and Dr. Stephen Schutzman), nurses, therapists and aides among the staffs of St. Vincent Hospital, Comfort Keepers, and Manor Care at Summer Trace. He had resided at Summer Trace since June 2014 and their kindness and expert care were especially comforting during his eight months as a widower.

A funeral Mass will be held 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 27, 2015 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, 14598 Oakridge Road, Carmel, with calling for one hour immediately prior to the Mass. There will also be calling on Thursday, March 26 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at Flanner & Buchanan-Carmel.

Donations in Bill's memory made be made to St. Augustine's Home for the Aged (Little Sisters of the Poor), 2345 West 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260 or to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church at the address above.

To sign the online guest book, please visit flannerbuchanan.com.

Suggested Memorial Donations

  • St. Augustine's Home for the Aged (Little Sisters of the Poor)
    2345 West 86th Street
    Indianapolis, IN 46260
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church
    14598 Oakridge Road
    Carmel, IN 46032

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