Michael Eugene Homan
Michael Eugene Homan died at home in Rifle on Dec. 30, surrounded by family and friends. He was 51.Mike was born on May 6, 1953 in Graceville, Minn., to Eugene Jacob and Beatrice Mae (Saxton) Homan. He spent his childhood in Graceville and Ortonville, Minn., and graduated from Ortonville High School in 1971. Mike served briefly with the U.S. Army before receiving a medical discharge in 1972. Mike married Becky Lynne Baker on Dec. 18, 1982 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Rifle. His hobbies became his life’s work – hunting, fishing and shooting. With the assistance of family and friends, Mike opened Timberline Sporting Goods in Rifle in August 1982. Through the years, he provided the type of service to his customers that is rarely seen in today’s world. Mike was a Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation sponsor, and a member of Elks Lodge 2195, and the Rifle Sportsmen’s Club. He was also a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. Mike is survived by his wife, Becky Homan of Rifle; his parents, Gene and Bea Homan of Ortonville; daughter Heather Rohn; brothers Dale (Mary) Homan, Allen (Marcie) Homan and Craig Homan; and sisters Sandy (Brad) Hanson and Carrie (Tom) Burnn; and two grandchildren – Jacob Eugene and Hayden Michael Rohn.An infant sister, LeAnne Homan, preceded him in death. Mike’s special friends are too numerous to name, but all became members of the “Timberline Family.”The Rifle Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements. A memorial service will take place at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, at Rifle Elks Lodge 2195, 501 W. Fifth St.Memorial contributions may be made to Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, P.O. Box 661, Meeker, CO 81641; Rifle Sportsmen’s Club Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 944, Rifle, CO 81650; and Roaring Fork Hospice, P.O. Box 1970, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602.
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