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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