William Horton

William Thomas Horton Sr.

Wednesday, October 6th, 1926 - Friday, April 19th, 2019
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William Thomas Horton, Sr., 92, of Springfield, passed away Friday April 19, 2019 in the Missouri Veterans Home in Mt. Vernon, MO after the slow deterioration of his health due to Alzheimer’s Disease.

Bill was born October 6, 1926 in Springfield, MO the fourth of eleven children to Frank A. and Florence (Brugger) Horton. He attended St. Joseph Elementary School and Springfield Senior High School, graduating in 1944. Bill served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II and the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.
He married Mary Teresa Francka February 13, 1960 by Monsignor John Westhues in St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Karlin, Mo. Bill was a proud member of IBEW Local #453. He and Mary bought a small dairy farm east of Slagle in Polk County and farmed there until moving back to Springfield in 2002.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by six siblings, Frank Jr., Jack, Virginia, Dick, Catherine, and Carl.

He is survived by his wife Mary; sons Bill Horton, Jr. (Sandy), Rich (Tammy), and John (Kristy); ten grandchildren; one great grandchild; siblings Pat (Belle), Barbara, Charlie (Linda), and Mary Ann and family friend Virginia Mayeux; sisters-in-law Judy and Clara; and a multitude of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 pm Tuesday April 23, 2019 with Rosary services to begin at 7 pm. all in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday April 24, 2019 in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Fr. Tom Kiefer celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Wenceslaus Cemetery near Bolivar, Missouri under the care of Herman H. Lohmeyer Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers donations in Bill’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
    3555 S. Fremont
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    Rosary service to begin at 7 pm
  • Funeral Mass

    Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 10:00am
    Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
    3555 S. Fremont
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    Fr. Tom Kiefer
  • Interment

    Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 12:00pm
    St. Wenceslaus Cemetery (Karlin Cemetery)
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Lynn & Paul Wunderlich

Posted at 11:28am
In loving memory of Bill. We are praying for all your family. Paul & Lynn
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Andy Horton

Posted at 12:13pm
I spent some time at Uncle Bill's farm when I was a kid. He told me eating cottage cheese would put hair on my chest. I don't have much hair on my chest, but I never ate much cottage cheese throughout my life. So I guess he might have been right. My condolences to Mary and the boys. Thanks Uncle Bill!


Posted at 11:39am
MEMORIES: Was raised in the city but became a country lover on his farm. Was a proud Dad of three wonderful sons and loved his grandchildren. Loved Christmas and getting his Christmas cards with money ready a month or two before Christmas for his grandkids.

Loved his movie camera, playing cards, talking politics, his remote control, and telling stories, especially the river story. Witty, opinionated, and strong-willed. Loved sports. Played organized softball and basketball, football, and softball with family. Loved the Cardinals. Made many family trips to Busch Stadium, even sitting on the second row from the field for one game, which he enjoyed so much.

Loved going on the field for photo day. Also was an excellent fisherman and liked playing golf.

Loved the MSU men's and ladies' basketball games and even went to Los Angeles with Mary and Bill Jr. the year the Lady Bears went to the Final Four.

Made the best barbecue chicken for our family Fourth of July holidays celebrated at their house.

Going frogging by riding in the back of pickup trucks and going from one farm to another farm pond, and then Mary and her Mom frying frog legs. I must say that Bill and all the boys cleaned the frogs. Were they good!!!

Loved to travel to St. Louis, Nashville, Las Vegas, and Hawaii. He was a really good sport on a couple of trips to St. Louis. The family went up in the Arch, and he was very reluctant to go. Bill held his head against the wall and his facial expressions were priceless every time the elevator car made adjustments going up. He felt much better coming down but was glad to walk out of that elevator. On another trip to St. Louis, Mary and Bill were going to can green beans the afternoon we were to get home and wanted to get to bed early and get a good night's sleep. What they thought were FFA boys making a lot of noise and commotion, and they could not get to sleep, they finally reported these rebel rousers to the motel office manager. It WAS NOT FFA boys!!!

Loved driving, whether it was their car or my car. On one trip to St. Louis we could not find our motel after a ball game. We suggested stopping and asking but that was NOT an option. To say the least after about 45 minutes, we finally got there as this was the days before having a GPS.

Loved his electrical work following in the footsteps of his Dad and handing the trade on down to Rich, who even owns his own electrical company and Patrick, his grandson, works for Rich--four generations of electricians!!!

After retirement, Bill loved going to garage sales, and having his own garage sales. He had a code book that he made and used for pricing items to keep his profits secret. Loved to sing and listen to religious and country music.

Loved Daniel O'Donnell and went to Branson many times to see his shows as well as many other shows in Branson, as well as Silver Dollar City. Loved Jesus and went to church every Sunday and holy days and went to be with our Lord on Good Friday. He was an altar boy when he was young and then became a lector for many years, including reading ALL of the readings on Holy Saturday. He did a great job!!! He also did electrical work for the churches he attended. Loved to visit with Father McKenna, Father Palermo, Msgr. Westhues, Msgr. Bucher, Father Mike, and Father Tom. He even played golf with Msgr. Bucher.

Bill always teased me about being my best brother-in-law. Well, I guess he was right as he was the only one I had. We know you have a great life to live with Jesus now! No more pain or loss of memory but thanks for the memories you left us, and we will miss you!!!

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