Homer "Sonny"'s Story
Homer A. "Sonny" Black Jr. of (Pine Township) Grove City, passed away Tuesday morning, Feb. 6, 2018, in Butler Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. He was 81.
He was born in Grove City on March 25, 1936, to Homer A. and Elizabeth (Wettstein) Black Sr.
Homer married Ivy B. Yakela on Aug. 1, 1975; she preceded him in death on March 15, 2017.
Homer attended Grove City schools. He served in the U.S. Air Force in Guam and Hawaii from 1953 to 1957 as a military police officer.
He retired from Sharon Steel Corp, where he had worked since 1968. Following his retirement he drove semi truck for various companies in the area.
He was a member of American Legion Post 220, where he served on the board of directors.
Homer was an avid collector of hats and model semi trucks and cars.
He enjoyed daily visits to his daughter's home (or "ranch", as he called it), to feed her horses, Willie, Sassy and Savanah and give his daily report on how fast they ate their breakfast and which one wanted out of their stall first, because as we all knew they talked to him.
Homer dearly missed his wife Ivy and would visit her resting place daily. He enjoyed sitting on his favorite chair watching the "televive" as he called it, and visiting with his best friend "The Colonel" Harry Palmer and his wife Delores, and he enjoyed going out for a "bite to eat" with his sister-in-law, Toni.
Homer is survived by five children, Tammy Hovis and husband Chuck, Grove City, Rick Black and companion Dianna Eperthener, Grove City, Jeffrey A. "Chubbie" Black and wife Deb, Mercer, Robert S. Black and wife Tracy, Stoneboro and Michelle "Shelley" Quillen and husband Larry, Sandy Lake; six grandchildren, Michelle Cadwell and husband Buddy, Crystal Claypoole, Shannon Bence and husband Jared, Danielle Black and boyfriend Mark Huzzy, Dominick Eperthener and girlfriend Michelle and Olivia Eperthener; six great-grandchildren, Jessica Cadwell, Lucas Cadwell, Makayla Claypoole, Madisyn Fisher, Sawyer Eperthener and Deegan Bence; two sisters, Virginia Lucas and husband Gus, and Marilyn Young and husband Jack, both Grove City and a brother, Richard Black and wife Mary Ann, Franklin.
In addition to his parents and wife, Homer was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Brian Matthews, his dog Missy and several grand-dogs.
Homer A. "Sonny" Jr., 81, of (Pine Township) Grove City.
In accordance with Homer's wishes, there will be no calling hours or services.
Arrangements by CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME Inc., 306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City.
Published on February 7, 2018