William C. Van Horn of Newfane, husband of the late Mary Helen Kraft Van Horn, entered into rest on Monday, April 21, 2014 at Odd Fellow and Rebekah Health Care Facility. William was born on January 24, 1922 in Plumville, PA, the son of the late Robert Lee and Mary E. Brown Van Horn.
William married the love of his life, Mary, on May 17, 1946. They were married for 67 years. Helen passed away on August 23, 2013. After graduation from high school, he joined the Army Air Corps in 1940. He was a Staff Sergeant and in charge of the transportation units. He was at Hickam Field in Hawaii during WWII and was a Pearl Harbor Survivor. William also served over seas in France and Germany. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He shot his last deer in his 70's, hunting with his grandsons. Fishing was his greatest love. He would fish in the spring and catch rainbow trout and bring some to his doctor who loved them. During high school, he played basketball and received a few medals for doing so. He was employed at Hooker Chemical (now Oxy) in Niagara Falls, NY for 30 years, retiring in 1976 for health reasons. He and his wife spent many years living in Ocala, FL during the winter months.
William was the sole surviving member of his family. He was predeceased by eight brothers and sisters, and six step-brothers and step-sisters. Father of William E. (Jane) Van Horn of Florida, Sharen L. (Gorden) Haseley of Lockport, Dennis E. (Donna) Van Horn of North Carolina, Deborah R. (James) Conlin of Newfane, Rodney R. (Anita) Van Horn of Montana and the late infant son, Jeffery Leroy. Also survived by eleven grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
No prior visitation. A graveside service will be held in Niagara Falls Memorial Park Cemetery, 5871 Military Rd., Lewiston, NY 14092 on THURSDAY at 11 AM.
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