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“Jean, John Teresa and the rest of the Homans, The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart. Jesus Christ Loves you with a love that has no...Read More »
1 of 65 | Posted by: Nathalie Bartholomew

“With Deepest Sympathy to the Homan Family ... may you find strength knowing your son and brother has touched many with his warm smile, his delightful...Read More »
2 of 65 | Posted by: Becky Waterman - New Bremen, OH

“Dear Jean, John, and Family, Please accept my sincere sympathy on the loss of Ben. You and your family, as well as Ben, are in my prayers. May he...Read More »
3 of 65 | Posted by: Fr. David Hoying, CPPS - Trinity, IN

“John, Jean, Tony, Jack, Neil, Steve Teresa Jane, Dan, & David Our deepest sympathy in the loss of Ben, your son, brother, and friend. We never...Read More »
4 of 65 | Posted by: Carl & Dianne Schwartz - OH

“As coach, you could not have asked more out of a kid. A motor that did not stop, a we before me kid, a true coaches dream! Ben was loved by all ,...Read More »
5 of 65 | Posted by: Greg Elking - New Bremen, OH

“We pray for everlasting comfort and peace for your sweet angel Ben. May the memory of his joyous smile and fun-loving personality always remain in...Read More »
6 of 65 | Posted by: Jason and Erin McGaharan - Piqua, OH

7 of 65 | Posted by: BOB SLENTZ - ST. HENRY, OH

“John, Jean and family, We are very saddened to hear of the tragic loss of your son, Ben. I am hearing beautiful stories about what a great son he...Read More »
8 of 65 | Posted by: Wayne and Kathy - New Bremen, OH

“We pray for peace for you and your family. I am sorry! ”
9 of 65 | Posted by: Sheila Phillips - Beavercreek, OH

“Theres no words to express how we feel,for ur tragic loss.U have an angel in heaven. ”
10 of 65 | Posted by: Rita Romer - New Bremen, OH

“You are in out thoughts and prayers. Our hearts ache for your loss. ”
11 of 65 | Posted by: Jane Homan (and Kevin Silver)

“I am sorry for the lose of your Love one. May God give you strength to get through this terrible time. You are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
12 of 65 | Posted by: Kathy ( Alig ) Clark - Portland

“Words cannot express the sorrow we feel for your family. Ben was a wonderful young man. He will be dearly missed. Know that you have a lot of...Read More »
13 of 65 | Posted by: Brad & Linda Holdren - New Bremen, OH

“Prayers go out to all family and friends. ”
14 of 65 | Posted by: Bryan and Jodi Trego & family - OH

“So sorry for your loss! Thinking and praying for you all during this difficult time!! ”
15 of 65 | Posted by: Mark & Jenny Ronnebaum - Celina, OH

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16 of 65 | Posted by: Mark & Jenny Ronnebaum - Celina, OH

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this tragic time and may you find comfort in GOD's grace. ”
17 of 65 | Posted by: Terri and Charlie Cochran - OH

“So saddened to hear of your loss, may you find comfort in our Lord and savior in the coming days. ”
18 of 65 | Posted by: Lora (Powell)Wellman - Coldwater, OH

“John and Jean and your entire family, We have been devastated to learn of Ben's tragic death. No words can express our sympathy for the loss of your...Read More »
19 of 65 | Posted by: Kate and Dean Hartwig New bremen

“our prayers are with you and your family. So sorry to hear about Ben. Loved watching him play basketball. Awesome player. He will be missed by the...Read More »
20 of 65 | Posted by: Harold and Chris Long new bremen

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family ”
21 of 65 | Posted by: Ron and Judy Drees - Ft loramie, OH

“We are truly saddened for your family. Love to your family from ours. ”
22 of 65 | Posted by: The Hall Family

“So very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers to all of the family and friends. ”
23 of 65 | Posted by: Julie Kimmel - Ansonia, OH

“John, Jean and family, I am thinking and praying for you in this difficult time all the way from Ecuador. I am thankful we can be sure Ben is in a...Read More »
24 of 65 | Posted by: Ben Baumer

“John & Jean, we are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of your son. May God bless you with strength and peace during this difficult time. You and...Read More »
25 of 65 | Posted by: Lisa Sherman Boerger - OH

“I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers ”
26 of 65 | Posted by: Marilyn Link - Coldwater, OH

“Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.Only the loving embrace of our Savior will ease your pain.Praying for all of you... ”
27 of 65 | Posted by: Mark and Julie Schmitmeyer - OH

“My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. Ben and your family were such a big help to me last summer when I was preparing to sell my...Read More »
28 of 65 | Posted by: Julie Phlipot - Columbus, OH

“I am so sorry , no words can help in this time. Our family will pray for you. All our love, Joan and Hermes Koop Anneke Koop Hans Koop Andree Koop...Read More »
29 of 65 | Posted by: Joan and Hermes Koop - Naples, FL

“I know that there is nothing that can take away your pain right now but please know that there are a lot of people who care about your family in this...Read More »
30 of 65 | Posted by: Alan & Sandy Thieman & Family

“Such a tragic loss of someone so young. Although we didn't know him personally, after reading many of the condolences, Ben seems to have been quite...Read More »
31 of 65 | Posted by: John and Ginny Voress

“I am so saddened to hear about Ben. I didn't know him well but I will always remember his smile when he was on the baseball team and at church. Your...Read More »
32 of 65 | Posted by: Wendy Albers - New Bremen, OH

“John,Jean and familyYou have our deepest sympathy for the loss of you son Ben. Ben touched the hearts of the New Bremen Community with his spirit and...Read More »
33 of 65 | Posted by: Ed and Anita Sextro - New Bremen, OH

“John, Jean and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you as we understand your loss. It's been 5 years since we loss our daughter Michele...Read More »
34 of 65 | Posted by: Tom and Joyce Wente and family - OH

“Jean, John and all Ben's brothers, sisters, family and friends. Our heart aches for you and the pain you are all feeling at this very difficult time...Read More »
35 of 65 | Posted by: Ed & Marilyn Schwartz - OH

“I wish there was something that I could say or do that would take your pain away. We are praying for you and your family during this incredibly...Read More »
36 of 65 | Posted by: Matt Ellis - Greensboro, NC

“John, Jean & family, we can't imagine how painful this is for you and your family. We are so sorry for your loss. Ben was a great gift from God...Read More »
37 of 65 | Posted by: Bruce & Diane Ontrop - Anna, OH

“John & Jean and family - Our hearts ache to hear of the loss of your son, Ben. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers. ”
38 of 65 | Posted by: Don & Dee Dee Bender & Sons, St., Henry, OH

“Sorry to witness such an early departure of a nice joung man to a rewarding place in heaven..We can be assured he will be helping all of us waithing...Read More »
39 of 65 | Posted by: Willard & Eunice dahlinghaus - OH

“Dear Homan Family, We are all so saddened by the loss of Ben. Please know we are all thinking of you and will support you in any way that we can. ...Read More »
40 of 65 | Posted by: Ken, Kami, Amelia, Nolan and Sophia Fox - OH

“Our family can't imagine the devastation and hurt you must be feeling. Our hearts go out to your family. May God give you peace and comfort going...Read More »
41 of 65 | Posted by: Matt Dwenger

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
42 of 65 | Posted by: Mike Peyla - Fort Recovery, OH

“John & Jean & family, Barb & I wish to express our thoughts & prayers to all of you in this time of Loss. God will help you through it. ”
43 of 65 | Posted by: Ed & Barb Rump - New Bremen, OH

“John, Jean and family, Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time. ”
44 of 65 | Posted by: Rick and Connie

“I'm so sorry to hear about your son. He is a good man and will be praying for us in Heaven. We are praying for the purification of his soul and...Read More »
45 of 65 | Posted by: Ken Dirksen - Uvalde, TX

“On behalf of the Jackson Center Varsity Boys Basketball team, I would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the Homan family. May God grant you the...Read More »
46 of 65 | Posted by: Scott Elchert - jackson center, OH

“I know nothing I say can take away the pain of loosing Ben just know you are all in my thought's and prayers. I wish I got to know Ben but have been...Read More »
47 of 65 | Posted by: Julie Michelle Homan - Valdosta, GA

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48 of 65 | Posted by: Mark Schmitmeyer Julie and family

“Please know that my heart breaks for you and I am holding you in prayer. I pray that Ben is rejoicing in heaven. ”
49 of 65 | Posted by: Jackie (Broering) Homan - OH

“Dear John, Jean & Family, We can't begin to feel your hurt and sadness, at this unbelievable time in your lives. Your hearts have to be breaking,...Read More »
50 of 65 | Posted by: Mark & Terri Doenges - Wapakoneta, OH

“I am shocked and saddened by the news of Bens passing. He was such a special kid. He was the center of attention without ever seeking it. People were...Read More »
51 of 65 | Posted by: Brigid hegemier - New Bremen, OH

“To John, Jean and family; Even though I did not know Ben personally, my heart aches because you have lost one who had so much to live for. May your...Read More »
52 of 65 | Posted by: Marilyn Sommer - New Bremen, OH

“So very sorry to hear of your loss, our thoughts and prayers for your family ”
53 of 65 | Posted by: Elaine (Siefring) and Mark marchal

“I am so sorry for your loss. Ben will be missed! ”
54 of 65 | Posted by: Kaleb Swiger - Toledo, OH

“Our deepest sympathy for your loss. ”
55 of 65 | Posted by: Rich & Joni Schmidt

“I am deeply sorry for your loss. Ben touched so many lives including mine. My family and I and sending prayers ”
56 of 65 | Posted by: Baylee - Botkins, OH - School

“Your family is in our prayers. ”
57 of 65 | Posted by: Missy and Kurt Quellhorst

“I was one of Carly's Ball State. I met Ben multiple times and he was a wonderful man. I am so sorry for your loss. Please let me know if...Read More »
58 of 65 | Posted by: Jenna Liston - Muncie, IN

“John, Jean and family, Mere words seem so inadequate at a time like this. Know that you are being kept in prayer and thought and asking God to hold...Read More »
59 of 65 | Posted by: Mike and Kathy Broering - OH

“I am so sorry for your lose. May God give you the strength to get through the terrible time. You are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
60 of 65 | Posted by: Susan quinn - Celina, OH - none

“Our sympathy and prayers to Ben's family and friends during this difficult time. ”
61 of 65 | Posted by: Roger and Cheryl Barlage - OH

“This is so sad! He was such a great young man. Sending prayers to the Homan's. May he rest in peace. ”
62 of 65 | Posted by: Julie Langhals

“Our condolences to the Homan family for the loss of Ben. He was such a fun guy to be around. The type of person that made everyone else smile...Read More »
63 of 65 | Posted by: The Hamberg Family - New Bremen, OH

“Ben was such an inspiration and dose of fun for all of us to watch on the basketball court. His heart and sole was always giving it his all. He will...Read More »
64 of 65 | Posted by: Michelle Langmyer - New Bremen, OH

“I am so, so sorry that we've lost Ben. I love that young man very much and I'm so very grateful to have known him. The look and wink he would give...Read More »
65 of 65 | Posted by: Scott Frey - New Bremen, OH

BEN P. HOMAN age 19

of New Bremen, died in the early morning hours of Sunday, August 23, 2015 . He was born on December 13, 1995 in St. Marys to John and Jean (Schmitmeyer) Homan, who survive West of New Bremen. Also surviving are his eight siblings Tony,(Steph Beckman) Jack (Julie), Neil (fiance, Brooke Pierron), Steve (fiance, Kristi Luthman), Teresa, Jane, Dan, and Dave, his nephew John and niece Isabel. His grandparents Jane (Bill) Boeckman of Coldwater, and Alma Schmitmeyer of St. Henry. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers Tony Homan and Ernest Schmitmeyer and his uncle Joe Schmitmeyer.

Ben was an active member of the Church of the Holy Redeemer of New Bremen where he was a Eucharistic Minister. He was a 2014 graduate of the New Bremen High School where he was involved in football, basketball, and FFA. He was a student at the University of Northwestern Ohio in Lima, studying Agriculture Mechanics. He was employed at Buschur Refrigeration, and also worked for the family business Homan Interiors.

Ben lived life to the fullest. His strong faith, outgoing personality, contagious smile, and big hugs will be missed by all who loved him.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. at the Church of the Holy Redeemer in New Bremen, with Rev. Robert Hadden, Deacon Greg Bornhorst, and Deacon Jerry Buschur officiating. Burial will follow in the German Protestant Cemetery of New Bremen. Calling Hours will be held on Friday, August 28, 2015 from 2:00 until 8:00 P.M. at the Parish Center of Holy Redeemer, and from 8:30 until 9:30 Saturday morning at the church, at which time the rosary will be prayed. Condolences to the Homan family may be left online at