Roy Homme of Billings, the last living member of the Montana State "Golden Bobcats" national championship basketball team of 1928-29, died Wednesday at the age of 97.
Homme passed away at the home of his son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Linda Homme of Billings, where he had resided for the last two years.
The 1928-29 Bobcats compiled a 36-2 record and were later selected as the national champion of college basketball. With their revolutionary fast-breaking style and attacking man-to-man defense, MSU defeated the national AAU champions - Cook Painters of Kansas City - in two of three games during the regular season to help elevate themselves to national championship status.
The "Golden Bobcats" were declared national champion by the now-defunct Helms Athletic Foundation. The NCAA didn't officially begin crowning champions with its tournament until 1939.
Homme was the only freshman and a reserve on the "Golden Bobcats" team, which also included Hall of Fame forward John "Cat" Thompson and John "Brick" Breeden. The entire team was part of the inaugural group of inductees into Montana State's athletic Hall of Fame in 1986.
Homme was born on Oct. 7, 1909, in Stady, N.D. He attended school in Outlook and graduated in June of 1928. After playing at Montana State, he graduated from Brigham Young University in 1934, where he served as an assistant track coach. He obtained his master's degree at the University of Montana.
Roy served as superintendent of schools in Antelope and Medicine Lake during the late 1930s and 1940s, where he also served as basketball and track coach. After leaving the teaching and coaching field, Roy sold steel buildings in Northeast Montana. After retirement, he took up golf in his early 70s and was also an avid trap shooter, winning many state and Canadian championships.
A full obituary can be found on Page 8C. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Smith's Downtown Chapel, 925 South 27th Street in Billings.