Jack Horton, Sept. 8, 1933 — Dec. 25, 2013, of Columbia

Friday, December 27, 2013 | 2:24 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Dr. Jack Robert Horton, 80, of Columbia, MO, passed away at home surrounded by family on Christmas Day 2013.

Visitation will be held at Memorial Funeral Home on Sunday, December 29th from 4-8pm. A memorial service will be held on Monday, December 30th at 10am, also at Memorial Funeral Home. A private burial will follow.

Jack was born on September 8th, 1933, in Kansas City, MO, to O.J. and Frances Horton, who preceded him in death. He married Margaret Thomson on February 18th, 1989, and she survives in Columbia.

He was a 1951 graduate of Hickman High School and a 1957 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Veterinary Medicine. He served as a Captain in the United States Air Force Veterinary Corps and returned to Columbia in 1960 to establish Horton Animal Hospital. “The Gentle Doctor” retired on January 1, 1999, after 39 years in practice.

He was a member of the American and Missouri Veterinary Association, where he served as Chairman of the Legislative Committee for many years. He was also a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity and Building Association, past President of the Veterinary Medical Foundation, Trustee for the Missouri State 4-H Foundation, charter member of the Hickman FFA, and a board member for both the Missouri Symphony Society and Daniel Boone Little League.

Survivors include daughter Anne (Allan) Tallmage of Columbia, son Jim (Tracey) of Columbia, stepson Michael (Linda) Thomson of St. Louis, stepdaughter Kathy (Marc) Chechik of St. Louis, stepson Jeffrey (Cheryl) Thomson of Columbia. Sister Earlene (Jerry) Holman of Abilene, TX, also survives. Also surviving are ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers a contribution may be made to the Columbia FFA Trust or the Missouri 4-H Foundation. Tributes can be left online at

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