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Kenneth Homyak

March 31, 1922 ~ July 15, 2018 (age 96)

Kenneth Homyak

March 31, 1922- July 15, 2018

 

            Kenneth was born March 31, 1922 on the farm in Greeley to John and Mary Homyak. He grew up on that farm located in the Ashton School District where he completed his elementary education.  He continued his education at College High School in Greeley, graduating in 1939.  He went on to continue his higher education at Colorado State College of Education (UNC).  As 1941 approached the war effort halted his higher education as Ken and several others enlisted in the Army Air Corps.  He was called to duty in January 1942.

            Ken served from 1942-1946 as a bomber pilot training bombardiers and navigator cadets. He was stationed at Midland and Big Springs, Texas receiving orders to move overseas to the Japanese theater. When the second nuclear bomb was dropped and the war was over the orders were canceled. He was discharged at the rank of First Lieutenant.

            Ken returned and completed his BA degree in education. A teaching and coaching position opened up in the Fort Lupton School District in 1946, where he was to remain for his entire career. He began as a business and shorthand instructor as well a coach for football, basketball and track.  During his coaching career they won state championships in all three sports.  He remained in the position for five years while he completed his requirements for his MA degree. After getting his MA, he was offered the position of principal which he held for 22 years. In 1972 the district developed a business department which he headed for 15 years. He retired in 1987.

            In 1948 he married Marie Elsie Walesky. To this marriage were born two sons, Gary and Kent. They were married for 70 years.  They spent their early retirement years traveling the world.

            Ken was a life member of National Education Association. He also belonged to Lions Club serving as District Governor. He also belonged to the Elks Lodge 1586 in Brighton serving as Exalted ruler, Chaplin, Leading Knight. Ken was a member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church of Fort Lupton serving as Warden and treasurer. He was also involved with the Junior Miss program for 37 years.

            Ken was a proud and loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, and Great Grandfather. He is survived by his wife Elsie, son Gary (Dawn), grandson Travis (Amy), granddaughter Paige. He has two great grandsons Alec and Logan Homyak and nephew Eric (Robbie) Feuerstein. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sister MaryAnn Feuerstein, (Homyak) and son Kent.

            Viewing at 9am Saturday July 21 and Services will be at 10am both that the Fort Lupton Middle School Auditorium 201 s McKinley with internment at Hillside Cemetery in Fort Lupton.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Kenneth Homyak Educational Scholarship Fund for students pursuing teaching degrees. Erlinger Funeral Home in charge of services.

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