|Homer L. Zumwalt, 87, 2669 Lincoln Park Drive, Galesburg, died at 2:10 p.m. April 25, 2010 in his home.
He was born July 5, 1922 in Nebo, Ill., the son of Alonzo and Ruby Sidwell Zumwalt. He married Ida Dell Kinnamon on June 23, 1945 in Nebo.
Surviving are his daughter, Gail (and Barry) Swanson of Galesburg, a brother, Wayne Zumwalt, a granddaughter, Lara (and Fletcher) Wilson, two grandsons, Luke (and Julie) Swanson, and Matthew Swanson, and four great grandchildren, Fleet and Grace Wilson and Foster and Banks Swanson. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and brother, Philip Zumwalt.
He served in the United States Navy during World War II as a company commander at Great Lakes Naval Station. He received his undergraduate degree in Industrial Education from Western Illinois University and his master's degree from Colorado State University. He also attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. He was a teacher of Industrial Education at Galesburg High School for nine years.
He was a design engineer at Admiral, Rockwell International, Magic Chef, and Maytag Corporations. He holds numerous refrigeration design patents which he created while in the employ of those corporations. He traveled extensively to all parts of the globe and helped to establish multiple refrigeration plants in South America, Italy and other foreign countries while serving as an international consultant.
He served as a city of Galesburg alderman for eight years.
He was a faithful member of Central Congregational Church where he served as Clerk for over 41 years. He was a 33rd degree Mason and served the Vesper Lodge as past master. He served that lodge and the Grand Lodge in every imaginable capacity from 1956 to present. He was a member and past president of the Kiwanis Club. He was commissioned as Honorary Colonel in the Illinois Militia. He was the recipient of numerous Masonic awards and citations and most recently was made a Paul Harris Fellow by the Galesburg Noon Rotary Club.
Known to his family and friends as Ho Ho, Homer was a man of great integrity and honesty. His smile and bear hug lit up a room. His commitment to his family, friends, church and the Masonic order will continue to be a shining example to all who knew him. He was a man of honor and the epitome of a member of the Greatest Generation.
Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, May 1, 2010 at the Central Congregational Church with Rev. Tom Heather officiating. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 30, 2010 at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel with Masonic service at 4:45 p.m. Cremation will be accorded with burial later in Pittsfield Cemetery at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Central Congregational Church. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.