of Chelsea, Michigan
formerly of Shiawassee Outdoor Association in Bancraft, MI & Byron, Michigan
Age 91, died Saturday, October 1, 2011 at the Chelsea Retirement Community. He was born November 13, 1919 in Ft. Morgan, Colorado, the son of Thomas Bristol & Ethel Fern (Jeffers) VanBuren.
Homer graduated from high school in Valentine, Nebraska. He then went on to graduate from Taylor University where he met Wynona. Homer attended Garrett Seminary in Chicago. He became a United Methodist Minister, serving several churches, eventually retiring from Burton United Methodist Church. He also served as the Personnel Manager at Simplicity Engineering in Durand. Homer was a member of Rotary International, and was a Lifetime member of the Masons, and was a Past Patron for the Eastern Stars. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling, and golf.
On August 8, 1942, he married Wynona Eva Dykeman in Jonesburo, IN, and she survives. Other survivors include one son, Thomas (Coral) VanBuren of Edwardsburg, MI; one daughter, Judy (Lloyd) Whitehead of Ann Arbor; five grandchildren, Shantelle of Chicago, Gordan, Ryan, April, and Tyler; one brother Ronald; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Barton.
No services will be held at this time. His ashes will be buried in Union Plains Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Byron United Methodist Church, 101 S Ann St., P.O. Box 127, Byron, MI 48418. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.