Homer C. LaGassey, Jr.

Oscoda, Michigan
May 15, 1924 - January 7, 2014


A memorial service will be held at a later date in the Spring.

Obituary Notice

Homer C. LaGassey, Jr., passed away at the age of 89, on January 7, 2014, in East Tawas, Michigan, from Alzheimer’s complications.  He was born on May 15, 1924, in Detroit, Michigan to Homer C. LaGassey, Sr. and Phyllis Paton LaGassey.  He was married to Eleanor Matheson LaGassey for 50 years, who passed away in 1993.  Homer and Eleanor lived in Royal Oak, Michigan, where they raised their family.  He is survived by his children, Gary LaGassey, Gary’s wife, Luciana, Michael LaGassey, and Suzanne LaGassey.  His youngest son, David, passed away in November, 2013.  He is also survived by six grandchildren.  Homer served in the USAF, flying 32 B-17 bombing missions from Foggia, Italy, during WWII.  Homer was also active during the Korean War.  He was the youngest chief stylist ever hired (22) at that time by General Motors.  He also worked for Chrysler and Ford design centers.  In addition to styling many of the hottest cars for these companies, in his later years, he taught automotive styling at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, where he was nationally and globally acclaimed and recognized for the number and quality of design graduates he produced.  In his spare time, he sailed with great love and enthusiasm on the Great Lakes in a number of craft that he owned and maintained, while he directed his family on how to sail, repair, and enjoy the crafts like he did.  He enjoyed playing trumpet and laughed as the rest of the family asked him if he could play any other tune except the one he always did.  Homer ran Cherokee Trail Resorts in Oscoda, Michigan with his wife for many years, and engaged many people with his quick wit, repartee, and ability to relax others.  Memorial services are in the planning stages for spring.  Anyone interested in further information, please sign the guest book and provide your particulars at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.  This will be for the Oscoda location.


Homer was one of my prof's at CCS during the early 80's. His love of life and gusto never, ever failed to put a smile on all those around him. We all learned so much from him, not just about design (which he dearly loved), but about how to live ones life to the fullest, every single day. He's probably got 'el-marko' out and scribbling on heavens gate.
His memory carries on inside all the fledgling designers he (and el-marko) touched...
— B Ebbinghaus
We will deeply miss our buddy from the past many years. What an amazing man!!
Loved his sense of humor and will always remember him.
— Cindy & Bob Slater
We will deeply miss you Homer. You were incredible and what a sense of humor. Always the jokester. What an amazing talent. Life will not be the same without you.
— Cindy & Bob Slater
I would futher information, when available, for the memorial services.
— Bob & Ro Aikins
Homer had an outstanding dedication to his students at CSS and a razor-sharp wit to keep them on those toes and focus. He will be and has been missed.
— Suzanne Dalton & Clyde Foles
He did it all with gusto. I have missed my great buddy. I have been blessed to share some time in my life with Homer. God bless
— Phil Walker
Rest in peace Homer. Unlike the auto design guys my wife and I only had Homer for one class, but his reputation was well known – do your work with honest effort, do it ON TIME, and lastly have a thick skin. His critiques were unflinching and honest but never negative, in fact they were often quite amusing. Getting some of your work torn off the walls and watching Homer draw over it with his "el-marko" was hilarious and amazing. Whenever I draw anything now, I can hear Homer in the background reminding us of "fidelity to the light source". He will be remembered and missed with fondness and respect. We offer our sincerest condolences to his family.
— Ed and Angie Marsh
Homer was one of the greatest! I treasured the time we spent together, particularly his encouragement to continue my art collecting hobby. We laughed together and I even got a free drawing lesson, but we both agreed - it did no good. The world was better place with Homer in it, R.I.P my friend.
— Jeffrey Goldstein
So sorry to hear this we met him and Elenore many years ago when they moved to Oscoda We did all there Excavation and Septic needs. He is finally with the love of his life.
— Bonie Scott
I would think the wind is at your back now Homer. Have a good voyage. we will miss you terribly. your humor, your talent will be a lost for all of us.
— Gene Whitney
Ah Homer. All that is needed to bring a smile and then a flood of laughter, is to hear your name. I think I had milk come out my nose one time because of you. If anyone should have lived forever it should have been you. But you are alive in so many people that you touched. Miss you so much master.
— Paul T
I will always remember you as Mr. LaGassey, the guy who drew funny pictures for me as a child. I remember walking on the beach to your house with my dad and listening to your stories. You always had time for me and encouraged my endless questions. The world is a little less bright now that you've left it. You are missed!
— Heather Tait
Homer...what a legend! ...please keep us informed of his memorial service..... Peace my friend....
— Joe and Cathy
My sincere condolences to the LaGassey Family. Homer, you were one in a million and I'm so thankful that I was blessed to have met you (thru the local Ford dealership), joked with you and listened to the many stories that made me laugh and remember you as one of the finest men I have ever met.
— Bonnie Pierson
Homer lives on in the legacy he created through myself and all the other car design students he taught at CCS. His personality and energetic outlook inspired all who came in contact with him. Homer we'll miss you.
— Glen Durmisevich
My first recollection of Homer was this beautiful operatic voice booming from the inside of a sailboat in the cradle next to my cradled boat at the Oscoda Yacht Club. It was a sunny spring Saturday morning and I stood at the bottom of his ladder in awe as Homer stepped up into the cockpit singing at the top of his lungs. From then on, I was the kid sailor, girl and Homer's was my friend. Through the years he continued to amaze me with his capacity for kindness, fun, and friendship. My auto industry friends filled me in on his talents. This world has truly lost a fine man. It helps to know that he is sailing now to that place where Eleanor stands waiting on the shore. Please keep me informed.
— Brenda Brugger
Homer could lighten up the darkest day with his smile and his unending stream of funny stories. The studios were never the same when his destiny moved him along to other pursuits. Please keep me informed re memorial.
— Robert Thacker
Homer was truly one of our design center legends. Always a smile and a kind word - a real gentleman to work with.
Please keep me informed of a memorial service in the spring.
— Ruth Petit
Homer had a beautiful voice.
— warren bremenkampf
After the fog cleared and memories formed, an image of Homer appeared in my thoughts and I smiled. Thanks Homer
Please keep me informed.
— Robert Spurgeon
From many years ago, fun summer memories on Lake Huron beach in Greenbush, Michigan
Rest in peace Homer.
— Alan & Sharon Buckmasster
Homer was one of the most influential and inspiring men I have ever known. His passion for life, design and teaching made learning fun, and he fundamentally changed my life. Rest in peace.
— Joe Siler
I would like further information regarding the memorial in the spring. Thank you
— Carol Semack
our thoughts and prayers are with the family he was like family to us, we will miss him .please keep us posted on the memorial....
— ron &peggy zimmerman
Homer had such great passion and enthusiasm during his years instructing and teaching his students about the "Design Business" at CCS. Sharing his many stories and experience. He was very influential in my life and countless others considering careers in the Automotive Design Business. A good friend. Thanks Homer.....
— William (Bill) Moraniec
Homer and Eleanor were dear friends, highly regarded by all who knew them.
Two of our special treasures are paintings of our house and our horse barn that Homer presented us with.
Wonderful Memories.
— Rick and Renate Smith
Sorry to hear about Mr LaGassey.What a nice and caring man.Rest in Peace
— Leonard Garrett
Homer was an amazing man!! Enjoyed what small care I took part in with him!! Always had a smile on his face and was always such a charmer!! Loved his work. Would love to talk to a family member about it. Thank you!! My prayers are with the family!! Was very sad to hear he was gone!!! But the Lord has him in His arms!!
— Dawn Wynkoop
Didn't know the man but my Father who has also passed has a lithograph work of Art by Homer I have in my poession. Looking to ssll it, If anyone wishes to see pics contact email...... my condolences to the Gassey family.
— Cindy Coy
Homer was an outstanding artist.
I have one of the limited edition print of a pen and ink drawing that shows a 1930's Chris-Craft runabout underway on the St. Clair River in the foreground. Gar Wood's "Miss America 1" hydroplane is crossing in the distance and the Chris-Craft boat factory complex at Algonac, Michigan, can be seen in the background. Homer C. LaGassey, Jr., has signed his name in pencil in the lower left corner of the print. The print number, "10/400," is shown at the center lower edge.

It's one of my favorite drawings made by Homer

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