Marlan J. Humerickhouse • August 13, 2022




On August 13, 2022, Col. Marlan Joe Humerickhouse, USAF (retired), 88, was called home to be with his Lord and Savior. He was surrounded by family and friends who helped send him on his journey with song, prayers, laughter, tears and love.

For many years, Joe was an active member of First Christian Church of Pensacola living his faith. There he served as Elder and Elder Emeritus, sang with the choir, chaired and served on several committees including a stint as Board Chair, and enjoyed helping with the children’s programs, drama programs, bible study and special projects. An avid reader, Joe read almost anything he could get his hands on from the Bible to biographies to westerns to romance novels to techno-thrillers – he read them all. Joe loved music and performed in his high school’s marching band. He spent many years singing in several church choirs, as a member of the Humerickhouse quartet, and during car trips with the family. He also was passionate about woodworking, turning out many pieces that he delighted in giving to friends and family. He enjoyed traveling, yard work, good scotch, making soup, listening to music, taking walks and sharing time with family and friends.

Joe was born in Odon, Indiana to William V. And Ruth (Sipes) Humerickhouse on August 10, 1934. Following graduation from Odon Madison Township High School in 1952 he attended Purdue University, joining the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity, and earning BS and Master’s degrees in Engineering by 1958. Joe married his high school sweetheart Karen Sue Abrell on February 16th of that year and then joined the United States Air Force. He retired after a 30-year career as a Bio-Environmental Engineer that took him all over the world. His adventures contributed to interesting and sometimes outrageous stories.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents and his wife of 57 years, Karen. He is survived by his children, Lisa Humerickhouse and Mikel Humerickhouse, his two grandsons Chase Humerickhouse and Alex Humerickhouse, his brothers Rex (Sharyl) Humerickhouse and Rick (Peg) Humerickhouse, his sister Nancy (Humerickhouse) Tarvin, and numerous loving nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at the First Christian Church of Pensacola with Rev. Timothy Clarke presiding at 9:45 am CT on October 21, 2022. Inurnment will be at Barrancas National Cemetery at 11:30 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Memorial Fund of First Christian Church, 6031 Goodrich Drive, Pensacola, FL 32504.

The family has entrusted Pensacola Memorial Gardens Funeral Home with all arrangements.

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  1. Rex Humerickhouse says:

    Miss you Brother!

  2. Elena Smyers says:

    Joe we miss you so much,we miss your singing voice on the choir,we miss our talks when we eat at the same table after church and I will think of you when I see my tennis balls. I’m happy that you are now with Karen and pain free. So glad we had the honor to knowing you.

  3. Kathy Keough says:

    Joe was such a faithful friend to all of us and I recall many a Mothers Day when he and my Dad would decide to ‘cook’ (grill) dinner for us all and I was very grateful as a single Mom that they came up with that plan—I benefited hugely! We missed both Joe and Karen so much when they moved away though clearly our loss was Floridas gain.
    Can’t say enough about the wonderful shared times with them and Joe’s great sense of humor.

  4. Faryl Armstrong says:

    Prayers for the family.

    Joe was a terrific fellow and will be greatly missed.

  5. Jeff Tarvin says:

    Joe’s service to our country and the amazing places that the family was sent enabled others, mainly his extended family, the opportunity to see things and places that they otherwise would not have.
    That alone was an unmatchable blessing.
    Thank you Uncle Joe.

  6. Sarah Swett says:

    Joe was a fine man and husband with a beautiful voice and, clearly, many other talents and gifts that I have only recently learned about. He and Karen raised two great kids who I am proud to call great friends. Thank you, Joe, for those gifts too. I know you are in God’s arms and surrounded by other loved ones. You leave a hole in our lives on earth that can never be filled. But we will remember your laugh, your voice, and your wisdom and we will pray for the strength and courage you demonstrated. Blessings and peace to you and Karen and on Mike and Lisa and your extended family. Until we meet again….

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