Pratt, Kansas — Homer C. Detwiler, 86, passed away Wednesday, September 13, 2017, peacefully in his sleep in the home in which he had lived for more than six decades.
He was born December 30, 1930, in Pratt, the son of Homer and Faye (Pinkston) Detwiler. He grew up just down the road from where he would later raise his own four children. In the summer, as a kid, one could find him picking tomatoes from the hundreds of plants grown by
A short stint with Shell Oil Company Seismic Party No. 120 took him through Kansas, Wyoming and Colorado. It was in Colorado that he met Mary Kennedy, who, being impressed that he was an “oil man”, agreed to marry him. They were married in Pratt on August 20, 1950.
Homer and Mary settled in Pratt and together ran a TV repair shop and raised four children.
When Mary developed Alzheimer’s, Homer devoted much of his time to caring for her and visiting her in Cunningham at her nursing home. He was by her side when she passed away on May 16, 2016.
Homer enjoyed golf, KU basketball, participating in a bowling league, meeting the fellas every day down at Ampride and the campfire scene in Blazing Saddles. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Elks.
He is survived by his son Scott (Tammy) Detwiler of Spring, Texas; daughters Randi Grubbs of Topeka and Kelly (David) Hughes of Clay Center; brothers Don Detwiler, John Detwiler and James Detwiler; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren with one on the way.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary; son, Mike Detwiler; brother Charles Detwiler; sisters Mary Turner and Helen Brensing; half-sisters Midge Adams and Regina Shaver; half-brother Clifford Detwiler; and great granddaughter Helen Hartford.
Cremation has taken place. Family will receive friends at Larrison Mortuary, 300 Country Club Road, Pratt, Friday,
September 22, from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. and Vigil with Rosary will begin at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 23, 2017, at Sacred Heart Church in Pratt with Father Michael Klag presiding. Inurnment will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery, Pratt.
Memorials may be made to Hope Center of Pratt Kansas or Pratt Parks Department care of Larrison Mortuary. Condolences may be left at www.larrisonmortuary.com.