Richard A. Homan, 79

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BATH — Richard “Dick” Alfred Homan, 79, of Barque Road, died April 18 at his home, surrounded by his family.

He was born in Bath on June 17, 1935, a son of Jesse W. and Sara L. (Wheatly) Homan. He attended Bath schools and graduated from Morse High School in the Class of 1953.

He entered a sheet-metal apprentice program at Bath Iron Works, but soon was drafted for military service. Instead, he joined the U.S. Coast Guard, and was stationed on a buoy tender along the Maine coast. He also was served for a year at a LORAN station in Alaska.

Upon discharge from the Coast Guard, Homan returned to BIW and completed its apprentice program. He then worked in the BIW Tin Shop for several years, and eventually transferred to the Hull Drawing Room.

He retired from BIW after a career of 41 years.

In 1960, Homan married Loretta Barter, of West Bath. The couple resided in Bath, where they raised their two children.

Homan loved the outdoors. He was a lifelong member of the Sagadahoc Rod, Gun and Skeet Club, holding the position of treasurer for years. He won numerous trophies for his skeet shooting. He also enjoyed boating on the Kennebec River and on many Maine lakes.

A devoted husband and parent, his favorites times were spent hunting and fishing with his family.

Homan is survived by his wife of 55 years, Loretta Homan, of Bath; his son, Brian Homan and wife, Kathleen, of Bath; his daughter, Gwen Palicte and husband, Mike, of West Bath; his grandchildren, Kaley and Samuel Palicte, of West Bath, and Nicholas and Matthew Homan, of Bath; sisters, Jane Peabody and husband, Ron, of Bremen, and Barbara Pfieffer, of Massachusetts; and a large extended family of sisters- and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.

A funeral was held April 24 at Daigle Funeral Home in Bath. Burial was to follow in Oak Grove Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to CHANS Home Health Care and Hospice, 45 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick, ME 04011.

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