John F. Homeier, 75 of Edinburg, died at 1:46 pm, Monday, January 23, 2012 at his home. He was born September 12, 1936 in Springfield, Illinois to Christian H. and Lena Kupisch Homeier. He married Elaine Sosman on August 23, 1996 and she survives.
Also surviving are four sons, Skip (Margie) Homeier of Springfield, John “Butch” (Nancy) Homeier of Edinburg, Doug (Partner: Robert Wright) Homeier of Springfield and Tom Homeier of Springfield; three grandsons, Bradley, Collin and Zachary Homeier; two granddaughters, Tiffany Kent and Tessa Homeier; three great grandchildren, Kaeley, Garrett and Logan Kent; two sisters, Maryann Carnes and Helen (Ben) Harmony both of Springfield; one brother Chris (Dot) Homeier of Springfield and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
His parents and two brothers, Bill and Wally Homeier preceded him in death.
John’s work ethic began in his parents’ dairy business. He attended Feitschans High School where he was an outstanding athlete in all sports including football, basketball and baseball. He was a four year all city selection in basketball and baseball and became his school’s top basketball scorer holding the all city record until the early 80’s. He graduated from the University of Illinois. There he was a member of the basketball team from 1956 to 1959. In 1973, he founded Bi-Petro, Inc. and was Chairman of the Board until his death. He also developed many other successful businesses including Sang-Chris Sand & Gravel; Homco Ltd; Homeier Farm’s; Homeier Oil Enterprise; BP Robinson and Bi-Petro Oil Refining. He also was a commercial real estate developer in Springfield and throughout the country, but his greatest love was drilling for oil and farming.
He also served on various community boards such as The Springfield Airport Authority; Memorial Health System; Chairman of the United Way Campaign; was a 32nd degree Mason; a member of the Jesters; YMCA Board; ABC (American Business Club) and the LPGA golf Tournament.
He was an avid supporter of the University of Illinois Fighting Illini and especially proud of the Flying Illini team of 1989 making the Final Four Tournament. In 2007, he received the lifetime achievement award from the IOGA (Illinois Oil and Gas Association). He was inducted into the Springfield Sports Hall of Fame in 1997. He was an avid Chicago Bears and Cubs fan.
With all of his involvements he was able to balance the demands of the business world with the pleasures of traveling the world, and spending time with his family and friends. On numerous occasions he stated, “If you do something you love to do it’s not work, so I’ve never worked a day in my life in the oil business!” and “If I die tomorrow, it has been one hell of a party!”
Private services were held.
Memorial contributions may be made to Southern View Chapel or Memorial Medical Center Foundation.