Services to honor and celebrate the life of Stephen Michael Hause, aka "Homer T. Clown" will be 10 a.m., Thursday, June 16, 2016 at the Claremore Church of the Nazarene.
Family will receive friends for visitation from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Wednesday at Rice Funeral Service.
Steve passed away at his home on Sunday surrounded by his loving family. He was 63.
Born September 11, 1952 in Claremore, Okla., Steve was born to parents Joe and Evelyn (Stokes) Hause. At the early age of only two years old, Steve lost his father, Joe, a Claremore Police Officer, who was killed in the line of duty.
It certainly could have been as a result of this tragedy that Steve lived his entire life focused on the priorities of faith, family and community.
Reared and educated in his birth community, Steve was a member of Claremore's graduating class of 1971. While in high school, he participated in the wrestling program for the Zebras. Following graduation, he furthered his education by attending Claremore Junior College.
Steve married and had two beautiful daughters, Aimee and Ashley. Again, tragedy struck the Hause family as his wife lost her life in an automobile accident. It was later on that Steve was set up on a blind date to meet Janice "Jan" Deaver.
The two certainly had a connection and the consequence of this blind date was the eventual marriage of the couple in a May 1981 ceremony.
This family continued to grow with the birth of additional children Joe, Angie and Stephanie.
A career as a machinist, Steve worked for a number of years at Burgess Norton. Later, he was employed by Baker Hughes until taking an early retirement due to increasing health complications.
As a hobby and ministry, Steve brought joy to lives of so many children and adults in this community through his role as "Homer T. Clown". Church revivals, birthday parties, parades and more were enhanced and enriched as Homer T. Clown made his presence known.
One small problem with Steve was his inability to turn this act off after the event had come to a close and he was out of the suit and oversized shoes!
In addition to clowning around, Steve loved to fish, golf, and swing on his favorite front porch swing, with his buddy Dakota, while listening to the radio.
He also enjoyed sharing a profound bond with his church family — one that never wavered.
Even when Steve was unable to attend church because of his illness, they continued visiting and showing their love and support — this can be seen through the love, sweat and tears that went into the construction of a ramp and porch that enabled Steve to go and do, and to enjoy the outdoors, for as long as possible.
All of these things brought so much happiness to Steve. But, there wasn't much that could top spending precious time with his family. Weekends and 'whenevers' — they tried to get together as often as they could as the greatest achievement for Steve was being a husband, father, brother, uncle, son-in-law and "Papa".
Steve's sister Liz said this about her brother, "The same brother that used to ask me not to walk behind him on our way to school, to ensure no one knew we were siblings, has in the last few years always made sure we say I love you!"
Sister Missy recently moved back to Claremore and although Steve was unable to drive a car to spend time with Missy, it didn't stop him. He simply used that ramp and drove his scooter on over from his 6th street home to her residence on Falletti Avenue.
The truth of the matter, however, is that no one had control of Steve, or in this case "Papa" like granddaughter, Adelyn. She was definitely the boss and everyone knew it! She was even able to convince "Papa" to take his medicine when he had refused all other offers.
The past several years have been extremely difficult for Steve. However, he continued to defeat the odds so many times. For instance, upon a medivac flight to Tulsa, when his condition was so grave they did not expect him to make it the short distance, Steve rose up to ask the pilot if he had a license.
There were numerous other times that Steve came through the inconceivable.
He actually prided himself in this remarkable ability and called himself a bit "complicated", as he chose to deal with his illness in his own way — a way that was definitely not by the book! Needless to say at the disapproval of others — mainly doctors.
Steve's battle finally came to an end on Sunday, but his new life is only beginning.
He leaves to cherish the many memories and contributions he made to his faith, family and friends through his loving wife of 35 years, Janice "Jan" (Deaver) Hause of the home; his children: daughter, Aimee Hause, daughter, Ashley Hause, son, Joe Hause and Jenni Cotton, daughter, Angie Choate and daughter, Stephanie Edwards and husband, Lance; grandchildren: Kendall, Parker, Dakota, Adelyn and Kylie; two sisters: Liz Major of Lee Summit, Mo. and Missy Echols of Claremore along with her daughter, Morgan Echols.
He is also survived by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, who loved him as one of their own, Don and Beulah Deaver; two brothers-in-law, Clinton Deaver and wife, Sandy and their children: Cari, Rachel, Beth and Abby and Patrick Deaver and Mark Reed along with their children: Megan, Matt, Michael, Cassandra, Paige and Derek. In addition, he leaves a host of other relatives, church family and many dear friends.
Steve was preceded in death by: his parents; an infant brother and two brothers-in-law, Randy Major and Charlie Echols.
Published on June 13, 2016