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Walter Humphrey Homewood


Walter Humphrey Homewood son of William and Anna (Thomas) Homewood, was born Feb. 19, 1884, on the family homestead in Russell County, Kans., five and a half miles south of Luray. His death occurred on Dec. 17, 1976, at the Russell City Hospital. His age was 92 years, 9 months, and 28 days.

Mr. Homewood lived his entire life in the Luray area. He received his basic education in the rural school near the family homestead, and on Dec. 17, 1905, he was united in marriage to Florence Bell Keatley at her parents' home. They made their home on his family homestead, and this continued to be home until he moved to Luray in 1973.

The marriage was blessed with seven children, Frank H., Ernest C., Ethel, Clarence, Dora, Hazel and Edna.

His lifetime work was his farming and his livestock. Even though this was a full-time job he managed to give of his time and talents for civic responsibilities. During the 1930's he served Russell County as a county commissioner for two terms and for several years he was the trustee for Luray Township. He also felt a duty for education of the young people of the area, and served as a member of the Board of Education of Rural School District No. 45 for some time.

After the death of his wife, Florence, on Jan. 10, 1964, he continued to live at the farm until he was nearly 90 years of age, when he moved to Luray to live. He was able to look after his own care until Nov. 17, when he was hospitalized Dec. 7. He was released and was taken to the Lucas Rest Home. He returned to the hospital on Dec. 17.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Florence, a son, Clarence, and a daughter, Dora; also two brothers, Fred and Avery.

Survivors included his two sons, Frank H. Homewood, of Luray, and Ernest C., of Winona, Kan.; three daughters, Mrs. Paul (Ethel) Bender of Luray, Mrs. Hazel Russell of Montezuma, Kan., and Mrs. Dwight (Edna) Stiverson of Pratt, Kan.; 16 grandchildren, 29 great grand-children; and four great-great grandchildren.

The funeral was held in Pohlman's Memorial Chapel, Russell, Monday, Dec. 20, 1976, at 2:30 p.m., with Rev. Conrad Nugent officiating. E.H. Sewell sang "Rock of Ages" and "How Great Thou Art," accompanied by Mrs. Eileen Vladar.

Casket bearers were Earl Trapp, Eldon Hampl, Delmar Princ, Edward Stritesky, Freddie Lorenc and Donald Brown.

Interment was in the Luray City Cemetery.


Submitted by Charma Craven

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