|WEST COVINA, Calif. - Homer Bryan Okey was born in Montrose, Colo., on May 22, 1919 and died in West Covina, Calif., on Jan. 27, 2003, at the age of 83 due to respiratory complications.
Homer was raised in Montrose and worked as a young man for White & Okey Constructors & Builders. White & Okey built the Montrose County High School, the local hospital and remodeled several prominent facilities including the jail.
In February of 1942 Homer was inducted into the armed service where he served as a first sergeant with the 128th Engineer Combat Battalion, serving in Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe.
After receiving an honorable discharge in January of 1946, Homer returned to Montrose. He later relocated to Klamath Falls, Ore., to work for the state's tax commission. It was there that he met and married Dorothy Hartt from Hans Peak, Colo., and Rawlings, Wyo. They had one son, Patrick. The family later moved to California where Homer worked for the Veteran's Administration and later the Small Business Administration as a supervising engineer/appraiser. Homer retired from the SBA after 25 years of service.
Following Dorothy's death in 1974, Homer married JoAnne Hughes in 1976 and they moved to West Covina, Calif., where they made their home until the time of Homer's death.
Homer was a life member of Montrose Elks Lodge No. 1053, having joined the lodge 61 years ago.
Homer will be remembered for his love of his family, strong work ethic, healthy sense of humor and his reputation for always leaving a situation better than before he became involved. This very loved husband, father, grandfather and brother will be deeply missed.
Surviving family members who were privileged to share Homer's life include his wife, JoAnne Okey and her daughter Carol; his son, Patrick Okey and wife Vicki, of Eureka, Calif.; three grandchildren: Jessica, Christopher and James Okey; one brother, Theodore Okey, of Riverside, Calif.; one sister, Jane Miller, of Grand Junction, Colo.; as well as numerous nephews and nieces.
Homer was preceded in death by his parents, Homer Osion Okey and Lulu (Scott) Okey of Montrose; one sister, Betty Winters; and one brother, Bill Okey.|