Charles M. “Chuck” Hommey, 65, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011, at Brookville Hospital. After suffering a stroke in August 2009, he was residing at Jefferson Manor Nursing Home in Brookville.
He was born May 7, 1945, in North Charleroi, a son of the late Charles and Margaret (Martin) Hommey.
Mr. Hommey was a 1963 graduate of Rostraver High School in Belle Vernon and earned a B.S. degree in animal science from West Virginia University in 1968.
He was the 4-H Extension agent for Frederick County, Md., until 1972, when he became self-employed in the landscaping business.
The last 30 years, Mr. Hommey travelled across Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia, as well as many other states, as a hoof trimmer of commercial and 4-H dairy and beef cattle, using a hydraulic trimming table he helped to develop to safely turn the animal on its side where he could reshape its hooves.
He was a mentor to 4-H youth in the Punxsutawney area, helping them get involved in 4-H programs and clubs, and raising swine and beef projects to show at county fairs, regional and national shows and the Pennsylvania State Farm Show.
Mr. Hommey’s life was dedicated to agriculture, from growing up on a farm in Rostraver Township, learning more about the ag industry at WVU, raising plants in greenhouses he constructed, raising beef cattle, trimming cattle’s hooves and being a leader, a promoter, a supporter, a colleague and a friend to 4-H’ers and their families in every way he could.
Surviving relatives include a son, Charles A. Hommey and wife Heather, and his grandchildren, Zach and Madison of Woodsboro, Md.; two sisters, Linda Blick and husband Bill of Irwin, and Lois Nichol and husband Steve of Mebane, N.C.; several nieces and nephews; and his son’s mother, Christine Albig Hommey of Frederick, Md.
Family and friends will be received from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, at the Deeley Funeral Home, Punxsutawney.
A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, at the funeral home with the Rev. Robert D. Bish, a close friend of Mr. Hommey’s, as celebrant. The service will be followed by a luncheon at the Perry Township Volunteer Fire Department, 998 Valier Dr., Valier.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Armstrong County 4-H Development Fund/Livestock Program, 24 Armsdale Rd., Suite 112, Armsdale Administration Building, Kittanning, Pa. 16201.