Homer Anthony Erb was born on September 27, 1930 to Homer and Jennie Erb who lived in Spring City, Pennsylvania. Homer was one of three children.
Homer graduated from Spring City high school in 1951. He excelled in sports, playing basketball and varsity football all four years. He is described as follows in his high school yearbook:
Friendly, polite, smooth – this left tackle’s ready smile enhances his popularity with that ever present gang a' la male and female. He lettered only in football; at other competitive sports he is found among the cheering section, giving vent to his energy. Homer is not only a sportsman, for he is an ideal date and a smooth dancer. As to the future Homer is dubious, but we know that his good nature will show him the road to success