Salem – Homer, 90,
died Tuesday in Sublimity. He was born in Mattoon, IL., and grew
up and lived in Illinois until moving to Southern California in
1984, he moved to Florence, OR., in 1988 and was a “snow bird”
for many years. He moved to Desert Hot Springs in 2006 and moved
to Salem one year ago. Homer served in the US Navy during WWII. He
worked as a building commissioner all of his life. Homer was an
avid fisherman, a fun loving person who everyone liked, and was
always active in community events including being foster
grandparents for 5 years, while living in Florence, working in the
schools to help kids. He came from a musical family and was a
professional musician all his life playing guitar, harmonica,
keyboards and singing, he played backup guitar for the old time
fiddlers group in Florence, he was also a beautiful artist
painting in oils.
Homer is survived by his
significant other: Alice Kirchhefer of Salem; daughter: Linda
Plazeski of Belle Vernon, PA.; step-son: Mark Kirchhefer of Salem and one
was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Lorraine, sister:
Marietta and brother: Jerry.
services will be held at his request. Serving the family, North
Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.