Born On: June 05, 1923

Passed On: January 07, 2018

Homer A. Marsh

Homer Arndt Marsh, age 94, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family, on Sunday, January 7, 2018.  

He was born on June 5, 1923 in Curtice, OH to Perry and Edith Marsh. Homer is survived by his wife of 63 years, Hilda; children, Rev. Ellen (Ken) Schoepf of Okemos, Kathy (Wayne) Zahl of Twin Lake, Phillip Marsh of Norton Shores and Ralph (Kristie) Marsh of Muskegon; 8 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; special K-9 friend, Duke. He was preceded in death by a brother, Byron Marsh. 

Homer worked as an ordained Lutheran minister for over 24 years, retiring in 1977. Music was a big part of his life and he owned and operated Baldwin Music Center. Homer also was a music director at several Muskegon area churches. He enjoyed gardening and especially growing his tomatoes. 

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 1:00 PM at Forest Park Covenant Church, 3815 Henry St. in Norton Shores. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service time at the church. Burial at Norton Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Life Circles, 560 Seminole Rd., Muskegon, MI 49444.


Visitation Information

Date: Saturday, January 13, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Memorial Service Information

Date: Saturday, January 13, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM

11 thoughts on “Homer A. Marsh

  1. Carl "Lynn " Altman

    My condolences to the Marsh family. Many good memories during some of our most impressionable years. Who would take a group of kids aged 16-20 for two weeks in late July to Washington, D.C. and Baltimore with no air conditioning and stay in tents? Little did we realize we were in the best days of our lives. May our lives forever be shaped by such divine intervention instilled by the Marshes.

  2. Joel E. Hernes

    I served my year of pastoral internship under Homer’s guidance and teaching in ’61-’62. I arrived in Metz with my wife, Sonja, and 6-wk old daughter, Janet. We lived upstairs in the parsonage, which had been made into an apartment. We had many family times together which are a part of our memory bank.
    With three congregations at Metz, Leer, and Hagensville, I had a lot of exposure to preaching, ministry, and visitation. Under Homer’s teaching and guidance I had an excellent idea what was in store for me when I finished seminary and had my first call, which was four rural congregations in ND. It was a good year of exposure to the realities of life in the lives of people, and how to reach out with the gospel in the tough issues of life.
    We have good memories of our year in Michigan, and remember with fondness our time with Homer’s family, and the people whom we served (and they served us too)! As a side note, Janet has been an ELCA pastor for 28 years in western North Dakota.
    Our sincere condolences to Hilda, Ellen, Kathy, Philip, Ralph and their families.

  3. Sue Jagoda

    It’s a sad time, a time for grief, but also a time to celebrate the life of Uncle Homer. I’ve had moments of remembrance since this past Sunday: bus trips with the Kindt family (especially the one when they picked me up In Holly and made the local newspaper and when Karen was attacked by poison oak and we all waited in the hospital parking lot as she was treated), visits to the parsonage and church in Metz when I was a kid including swimming in nearby lakes, graciousness from both Uncle Homer and Aunt Hilda when my Holly Oaks MS Science Club took over their space on out way to a camping trip to Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes. I even have a vague memory of sucking my thumb as the flower girl at their wedding. The music and the dancing! I’m sure he is at peace now, probably playing a heavenly organ (A Mighty Fortress for sure) for a grateful audience. My sincere condolences to all of the family who will be missing him most, Aunt Hilda, Ellen, Kathy, Phil, Ralph, and many more. May your grief be tempered by the love and peace we all wish for you.

  4. Earl & LoisJean Kinney

    Our sympathy goes out to the family in the loss of this great man. However, we know that he is not lost, but is experiencing joy and health with our Lord.
    May the Lord surround you with His love at this time.

  5. darlene stone

    Hilda and family –pastor Marsh married us in 1958– kind of long ago. He and you were only kids then. I remember the nights that cousin Carol and I spent at your house, probably before going to camp–all good memories. for you and family ,love and peace. its strange how years pass and people find each other again.

  6. Lisa Hobby

    Pastor Marsh married my parents in 1969.
    I was blessed to get to know him when his daughter, Kathy, became one of my best friends many, many years later! My thoughts and prayers to mom Marsh and family.

  7. Shirley Atkinson Kowalski

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Hilda & family. Pastor Homer Marsh baptized and confirmed me on the same day at Leer Lutheran Church . October 29; 1967 Melvin & Alma Wong were my sponsors . I was 16 years old . Thanks Be To God. I’m sure there were many folks at Homers welcome home party in heaven . 🎶🎶🎶❤️ To all


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