Walter R. Horn

Walter R. Horn of Columbia died Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010, at Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital. He was 93.

Mr. Horn was born Feb. 22, 1917, in Moline, Ill., to Walter Horn and Emma (Treiber) Horn. He was the oldest of three children.

He enlisted in the Army after graduating from MU in 1940 with a chemical engineering degree.

During his career, Mr. Horn worked for MFA as the plant manager for Farmer's Chemical Company in Galena, Kan. He also worked as a manager of the Shahpur chemical company plant on the Persian Gulf in Bandar Mahshahr, Iran. He eventually transferred to the company's corporate office in Tehran, where he met and stayed in close contact with many friends.

At the onset of World War II he met his wife, Alicia Martinez-Gompertz, in Tocopilla, Chile. They were married for 49 years until her death in 1992. They had six children together­.

In 1994, Mr. Horn returned to Columbia to retire. In early 1999, he met his second wife, Beverly, at a widows and widowers gathering at a senior center.

According to Beverly Horn, Mr. Horn was a family man who enjoyed ballroom dancing and traveling.

“He was a wonderful husband and very loving to his family,” Beverly Horn said. “He was very kind and loving to my grandchildren.”

Mr. Horn was a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Trinity Lutheran Church, the Columbia Area Senior Center, the MFA Retirees Association, the VFW, the American Legion and the Pachyderm Club.

Mr. Horn is survived by three sons, Richard Horn of Tucson, Ariz., Mike Horn of Flagstaff, Ariz., and Dwight Horn of San Francisco; three daughters, Wendy Evans and Jackie Edwards, both of Columbia, and Karla Horn of Cottonwood, Ariz.; a sister, Dorothy Keck, of Albuquerque, N.M.; a brother, Gilmer Horn of Laguna Hills, Calif.; six grandchildren, Josh Evans of Minneapolis, Chris and Andy Horn of Tucson, Ariz., Sarah and Stephen Edwards of Columbia and Max Tizu of Flagstaff; and three great-grandchildren.

Mr. Horn’s memorial will be conducted Oct. 27 at the Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Visitation will begin at 1:30 p.m., and the Rev. Kenneth Gerike will conduct the service at 3 p.m. An interment service with military honors will immediately follow.

Memorial contributions may be sent to one of the following: Good Shepherd Lutheran School fund in Columbia, 2201 W. Rollins Road, Columbia, MO 65203; Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301, Attn: Gift Processing; or the Columbia Area Senior Center, 1121 Business Loop 70 E., Columbia, MO 65201.

Tributes can be posted online at the Memorial Funeral Home and Cemetery.