Houston (Sept. 4, 2003) -- Homer Longenecker, a CPA who's been preparing tax returns and advising people and businesses since 1939, passed away in Houston Wednesday. He was 91.

The World War II veteran started work for a public accounting firm in 1936 and founded a general accounting practice in 1954 that in 1962 became Longenecker and Thomas CPAs. He was still hard at work last tax season, filling out and filing tax returns -- by hand -- for his 41 remaining tax preparation clients.

"Most of my clients have stayed with me," he told the Chronicle in April. "They think I do a fairly good job, but they keep dying off."

Longenecker's first wife died in 1986. A year later, he married her sister, Velma, who survives him.

Longenecker was born in Birmingham, Kan., and graduated from Kansas State University in 1935. He became a CPA in 1939.

-- WebCPA staff

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