E. Herschel Honaker, 95 of Owen County, died peacefully on August 18 at Gallatin Health Care, Warsaw, Ky. A World War II veteran, he served his country from 1941-45, landing on the beach of Normandy, France on D-Day, June 6, 1944.
Born on December 24, 1918, he was the only child of Henrietta Green and Claude Hardin Honaker of Owen Co. Herschel, “Peanuts” as his friends called him, was a retired farmer and lifelong gardener who received great joy from growing vegetables to give to family, friends, and those in need.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 65 years and the love of his life, Wilma Nickoson Honaker; two children, Annette (Larry) Hayden of Frankfort and David (Stephanie) Honaker of Owen Co.; four grandchildren, Danielle Honaker of Jonesville, Christopher and Casey (Christina) Hayden of Frankfort, and Will (Gina) Hayden of Tampa, Fla.; and two great-grandchildren, Tyler and Samantha Harrod of Frankfort.
Herschel loved the Lord as demonstrated by the life he lived. His honesty, humility and compassion for others remain an example for all who knew him. He was a member and elder of New Liberty Christian Church.
Herschel bequeathed his body to the University of Kentucky for medical research. A Celebration of Life will be Sunday, September 7, 3 p.m. at the New Liberty Christian Church, New Liberty, Ky. Memorial contributions can be made to the church or Hospice of the Bluegrass, 663 Teton Trail, Frankfort, KY 40601.