Homer James Kyler, 86, of the Tellico Village Community in Loudon, Tenn., passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2020.
Homer was born in Clearfield County on March 20, 1933, to Millard A. and D. Hope (Maines) Kyler. He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Hilda (Kyler) Orr and Bertha (Kyler) Turner.
Homer is survived by his wife, Barbara (Wilson) Kyler; son, John M. Kyler and wife Karen, of Garden City, Kan.; and daughter, Sally Ann (Kyler) McHone and husband Don, of Brentwood, Tenn. Homer is also survived by four grandchildren: Joy Andrews, Jennifer Paxson, Will McHone and Nicole McHone; and seven great-grandchildren.
Just prior to high school graduation, Homer had been accepted into the Mining Engineering program at Penn State University. Sadly, Homer’s father died suddenly and he was unexpectedly required to assume the operation of the Kyler Coal Company mining operation his father owned. This mine operation employed about 150 men at the time. Homer successfully ran the operation for several years.
Barbara and Homer were married on Nov. 10, 1956, in Clearfield and spent 63 joyful years together. Homer started a career with Pennsylvania Electric Company in 1961 at the Shawville generating station near Clearfield. Later they moved to Indiana, where he continued his career with the electric company utility, ultimately retiring from the Homer City generating station in 1994.
A few years after retirement, Homer and Barbara moved to the Tellico Village Community in Tennessee. While there, he enjoyed playing golf with his numerous golfing buddies. Homer and Barbara did a great deal of traveling. One of Homer’s favorite trips was an Alaskan cruise that included tours of the Alaskan interior. Over the years, while in Indiana and Tellico, Homer and Barbara enjoyed taking ballroom dance lessons and attending ballroom dance events. Homer’s favorite pastime was getting on his John Deere and being in his own world while mowing the yard.
Homer was a member of Clearfield Lodge No. 314, Free and Accepted Masons. A few years ago, his membership was recognized by being awarded a 50-year anniversary pin.
Due to the coronavirus crisis, no services are planned at this time. A memorial service for Homer and interment of his ashes will be held at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that cards or emails be sent to the Click Funeral Home, 145 Chota Center, Loudon, TN 37774 or at www.clickfuneralhome.com.