Orville Gene Homes
Date of Birth
June 26, 1928
Lyons, Nebraska
Entered into Rest
December 4, 2020
Wahoo, Nebraska
Mass of Christian Burial Directions

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 ~ 10:00 a.m.
Sts. Mary & Joseph Catholic Church ~ Valparaiso, Nebraska
Interment at St. Joseph Cemetery ~ Agnew, Nebraska
Military Honors by U.S. National Guard and American Legion #371


Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Knights of Columbus Rosary ~ 7:00 p.m.
Sts. Mary & Joseph Catholic Church ~ Valparaiso, Nebraska


Saunders County Catholic Schools or Sts. Mary & Joseph Catholic Church, Valparaiso, Nebraska

*The Rosary and Funeral will be live streamed on the Svoboda Funeral Home Facebook page.

Orville Gene Homes, 92, of Valparaiso, NE, entered into eternal rest on Friday, December 4, 2020 at South Haven Living Center in Wahoo, NE.

Gene was born on June 26, 1928, near Lyons, Nebraska, to Gunder and Agnes (Carlson) Homes. He graduated from Oakland High School in 1946. A Korean War veteran, he served with honor in both the Air Force and Army.

On October 24, 1953, he married Rosemary Ciurleo in Duluth Minnesota. He converted to the Catholic faith and was a devout member for life.  They raised 6 Children and over the years lived in Omaha, Wahoo and Valparaiso.

Gene built their forever home west of Valparaiso, continually remodeling and adding on additions and adding many out buildings on their 40-acre farm.  He retired from the Nebraska National Guard as a Command Sergeant Major in 1988.  Gene was a master of construction, and could build anything from digging the foundation, pouring footings, laying block, building walls, wiring, drywall, and painting.  He enjoyed mowing and had a love for old tractors & cars, especially his 53 Nash and Corvair pickup.  Gene was not a man of many words; however, he was a great provider for his family.  He was a faithful member of Saints Mary & Joseph Catholic Church in Valparaiso and the Knights of Columbus-Monsignor Raymond Wageman council 8625, where he was a Charter member and the first Financial Secretary. Gene was a member of the VFW Post 10491 and the Valparaiso American Legion post 371.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents, and sisters, Gladys Homes, Nina Spencer and Doris Andreasen and family friend Toby Ryan.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Rosemary, and six children: Suzie (Tom) Johnson of Lincoln, NE; Mark Homes, Raymond, NE; Fr. Ron Homes, Bruno, NE; Sandy (Steve) Tvrdy, Ceresco, NE; Dan (Deanne) Homes, Valparaiso, NE and Mary (Kevin) Hittle, Wahoo, NE; 16 Grandchildren, and 33 Great-Grandchildren, plus three due in 2021.

Condolences for Orville Gene Homes
    • December 4, 2020 - 3 years ago

    Rosie and Family,
    Pete and I are so sorry to hear of Gene’s passing. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sending love and hugs your way.

  2. Donald Carlson
    • December 6, 2020 - 3 years ago

    Gene is a cousin to me on my father’s side. I was in the Nebraska Army National Guard at the time Gene was. Sorry to hear of his passing.

  3. Rita Masek Muff
    • December 8, 2020 - 3 years ago

    Rosemary Our sympathy to you & your family.

  4. Lisa Diesing
    • December 8, 2020 - 3 years ago

    My deepest apologies to the family for your loss. Wishing you comfort and warmest sympathies during this difficult time

  5. Angie Medow
    • December 9, 2020 - 3 years ago

    It was a truly beautiful funeral mass and Fr. Ron, your homily was perfection! Blessings and prayers for all!

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