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Kermit William Homola was born June 4th, 1937 in rural Gackle, North Dakota to Charles and Esther Homola (Bellikka). Kermit passed away peacefully at his home on July 13th, 2016 at the age of 79 years 1 month and 9 days.
Kermit spent his childhood in Gackle and later moved to Minneapolis Minnesota where he lived with his wife Marilyn during their first few years of marriage. They moved to Battle Ground, Washington in 1967 where the older children were raised and later to Lake Norden, South Dakota where their younger children grew up. After retirement they moved to Gackle, North Dakota before returning to the Battle Ground area where they resided.
Kermit was a lifelong member of the Old Apostolic Lutheran Church.
Kermit worked most of his life as a machinist and had an interest in old farm machinery. Kermit loved little children and any small child would bring a bright smile to his face. One of his greatest joys was to spend time with his children and grandchildren. He would be so happy when they came to visit and when they left would send them off with that same bright smile.
Kermit is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marilyn (Kangas) at home in Brush Prairie, Washington, 10 Children; Rhonda (Joe) Hallstrom of Yacolt, Washington; Tina (Roger) Wells of Brush Prairie, Washington; Ryan (Sandy) Homola of Davenport, Washington; Dean (Susanna) Huumala of Lake Norden, South Dakota; Kent (Janine) Homola of Gackle, North Dakota; Susan (Steve) Rohloff of Morris, Minnesota; Sharon Mackey of Glenwood, Minnesota; Alan (Tessa) Homola of Pine Haven, Wyoming; Sara (Chris) Nelson of Alexandria, Minnesota; Steven Homola of Brush Prairie, Washington; 76 grandchildren and 61 great grandchildren.
Kermit was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Esther Homola; a sister Katherine Bennett; three brothers Norman Homola, Calvin Homola and Andrew Homola who died in infancy; a son Gary (Maria) Homola; two grandchildren Connor Wells and Alina Wells; and a great grandson Anden Wells.
The funeral was held at Brush Prairie, WA on July 17th 2016. There will be visitation at the Old Apostolic Lutheran Church of rural Gackle, North Dakota on Saturday July 23rd at noon. Burial and graveside services will be held in the Homola Cemetery in rural Gackle, North Dakota at 1:00PM.
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