Monday, 24 October 2016

Homer Kizer RIP

One of the more interesting, and at times imperious, characters on the fringe of COGdom was Homer Kizer. His ever loyal wife and spokesperson, Carolyn Smith-Kizer posted this earlier today.
My DH, Homer Kizer, died yesterday. He asked me to lay hands on him and pray and then he was gone. We shared almost 22 years, full of bliss and interesting times--and he loved me--I could not have asked for more. When we first married, he wanted to bring me to Alaska--it took 22 years to get here, and Adak is not Dutch Harbor [where he said he first truly felt as if he were home], but he will be laid to rest in Alaska, and that is what he would have wanted. This is a picture of him carving at Metro Beach, Lac Ste. Claire, Michigan--he loved being a hewer of wood. 
Mr Kizer was for a long time a prime mover with the tangled fortunes of the Port Austin COG venture, adopting a role that was not without controversy. He was the author of a number of books available on Amazon, some with non-religious themes.

13 comments:

Black Ops Mikey said...

I feel sad for Homer and am sorry for Carolyn's loss.

I did try to determine the truth about Port Austin. I called city hall about the fire and they confirmed what little I knew. I talked with Norman Edwards and exchanged emails with Homer.

I think most of us outside of what happened will know for sure what the truth is, but my best take on it would be to give Homer's account the benefit of the doubt.

Actually, the picture of him is reminiscent of a portrait of the Apostle Peter and it should be noted in passing, both were fishermen at one point of time according to the stories.

This is a sad footnote to just one more of the bizarre tales of Armstrongism which certainly has a rich plethora of them.

I believe firmly that Homer Kizer was a man of integrity doing what he truly believed was right and some may have been enriched by his efforts.

Carolyn said...

Thank you, Mikey. If you truly want to know what kind of man Homer was, check back on his secular writing page. Just before he died he revisited some essays he had been neglecting putting together for another book. As one caller recently said, "I would have liked to have sat down across the table from him and shared a cup of coffee--you know a man when you can look into his eyes." Homer's eyes and soul, both as a child, a young adult before conversion and his later years will all be visible in these essays.

Near_Earth_Object said...

Background, please. Who is Homer Kizer? I believe I have come across that name before somewhere by have no recollection of the detail.

Also, what is the "Port Austin" incident referred to?

Thanks.

Gavin R said...

Neo, you want to be spoon fed? Check out the two links in the sidebar beginning Port Austin and one near the bottom for Homer Kizer.

Carolyn said...

If Near_Earth_Object wants to know about Port Austin, read http://homerkizer.org/PAOdyssey.html If you want to know what Homer was like as a man, stay tuned to http://homerkizer.org/secular.html under the category of Non Fiction "Essays" which will be uploaded shortly. If you ever wanted to meet him, you will find him there.

Helpusall said...

Will his ministry continue now that he's past?

Carolyn said...

Yes, his ministry will continue. See http://homerkizer.org/death.html for an explanation of how. The link to Essays is now working. http://homerkizer.org/Essays.html If you would have wanted to sit down at the table with Homer Kizer and share a cup of coffee with him, looking him in the eye to test his mettle, these essays offer you that chance; the first two, seemingly the most germane.

Helpusall said...

So it's mostly writings. I thought was it was something else.
Thanks for the info

Scroller said...

Carolyn, thank you for posting Homer Kizer's writings. I have read several of his short stories and poems that you put up and appreciate his gift with words. Best wishes to you and your family in your loss.
Greg Doudna

Carolyn said...

Thank you, Greg, for your kind words. Yes, Homer did have a way with words ...

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Carolyn said...

Homer's Obituary and time of burial.

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