The following was published in the Nevada Appeal on 28 March 2006
Homer Surface, 75, a 42 year Carson City resident passed away peacefully with loving family at his side, March 15, 2006 in Carson City. Homer was born September 29, 1930 to Donald and Mildred Surface in Portland, Oregon. He met his future wife, Jean Jackson, at Fairview Grade School, Oregon when he was in the 6th grade and she in the 4th. Homer graduated from Gresham High School, Oregon and joined the Air Force in 1950, serving during the Korean War from 1952-1953. Homer and Jean were married October 3, 1951, in San Antonio, Texas, prior to his overseas assignment. After Homer's military service, they resided in Oregon before moving to the Reno/Sparks area in 1956. Homer worked in sales for over 42 years, for Model Dairy, Carson City Meats and Wonder Bread. He loved hunting, fishing and Sunday Jeep adventures with his family.
Homer was a true advocate for the underdog and spent many hours volunteering for numerous service groups and organizations. Homer was a member of the Carson Masonic Lodge #1 F&A.M.; Past Master of the Douglas Masonic Lodge #12 F&A.M.; Royal Arch and Kerak Shrine, American Legion #56; Dayton Valley VFW Post #8660. He was also involved with Special Olympics for 22 years.
Homer will be remembered for his quick wit, story telling and endless jokes.
He is survived by his wife, Jean, daughters Suzi (Mark) Crickmore of Kirkland, Washington, Cheryl Surface of Washoe Valley, Jan (Jeff) Sears Surface of Kaneohe, Hawaii and JoDee Surface of Carson City; brother Donald (Dorothy) Surface and their two sons of Washington, mother-in-law Erma Jackson of Fernley and many nieces and nephews. Homer also leaves behind his seven grandchildren, Jenni McMillan (Dave) of Albuquerque, NM, Micah and Nolan Wilcock, Abby Crickmore, Isabel Sears Surface, Marley and Erik Sears and two great-grandchildren, Journey and Kaylee McMillan.
A celebration of Homer's life will be held Saturday, April 1st at 1 p.m. at the Carson Masonic Lodge #1, 113 E. Washington Street, Carson City. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Boys and Girls Club of Western Nevada, 673 S. Stewart St., Carson City, Nevada 89701.
Homer was a special individual with many friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Peace and love be with him.