Charming, gregarious, musical, full of life, mega-watt smile, sparkling eyes, a servant’s heart, avid outdoorsman, the best bear-hug-giver ever, brimming over with laughter, loving son, brother, uncle and friend. He lived life at full volume! These are just a few of the phrases we use to describe our precious Ben.
Benjamin John Homan, 29, was tragically taken from us far too soon on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013.
Ben was born July 1, 1984, in Wamego, Kan., and through the amazing gift of adoption joined the Homan family. Ben was raised in Helena and loved the mountains, lakes and rivers of this area. He graduated from Montana Youth Challenge in 2002, Montana Master’s Commission in 2007, had attended the Helena College and was making plans to attend Montana Tech.
Ben had struggles in this life that he was working diligently to overcome. His family is grateful for the support, counseling and friendship he received from his AA sponsor, peers and his counselor, Keith Trafton. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for this gift of understanding.
Benjamin touched the lives of everyone he met with his warmth, genuine interest in them and his smile. His family often joked about this capacity for friendship, but what a gift to be a stranger to no one! He loved the Lord, his family, his friends, and his country.
Ben was preceded in death by his grandparents, John and Edith Homan, and Ellen Johnson, and his Aunty Sandy Burch.
He is survived by his parents, Ken and Robin Homan; sister, McKenzie Homan and her fiancé, Kyle Perkins; niece, Maci Trapp; the love of his life, Lisa Sullivan; and grandparents, Clarence and Margaret McKenzie and Garland and Genise Johnson. Ben is also survived by a wonderful array of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends, who loved and supported him. He was a good man with a loyal and loving heart and he leaves a big hole in all of ours. Good-bye for now, our beloved Ben, till we see you again.
The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, at the Youth First building at the Helena First Assembly of God Church, 2210 Dodge Ave. A memorial service celebrating Ben’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, at the Helena First Assembly of God Church. Burial will take place at Forestvale Cemetery immediately following the celebration of life service. A reception will follow the burial back at the church gymnasium. Memorials in Ben’s name are suggested to any alcohol addiction awareness program; the Helena Music Teachers Association, 718 Sierra Road West, Helena, MT 59602, which helps kids attend music camps; or to the Wounded Warrior Program, P.O. Box 4964, Helena MT 59604. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer the family condolences or to share a memory of Ben.