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Walter Seigle Horner Jr., 68, of St. Marys, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at Select Specialty Hospital in Akron, after an extended illness.
He was born on Aug. 1, 1944, in Ravenna, to Walter (Jack) and Eloise (nee Marks) Horner, who preceded him in death. Mrs. Horner, through her mother, was a direct descendant of Stephen Meyers Jr., the first settler of Streetsboro Township in 1822.
He was also a member of the Dewey family, who migrated to Massachusetts in 1631, a part of the “Great Puritan Migration.” The Dewy family subsequently moved south along the Connecticut River Valley and were the founding family of the state of Connecticut.
Walter spent the formative years of his life in Portage County. Upon graduation from Kent State University in 1966 with a degree in education, he embarked upon a trip to Europe, studying in England and touring sites in France and elsewhere on the continent. In later years, he also traveled to Russia, Spain, and Mexico.
Walter enjoyed a successful high school teaching career, first at Marysville, and then at Wapakoneta, where he taught government, civics, and other social studies courses, and from which school he retired from teaching in the late 1990s. After his retirement, Walter remained active in the community as a member of the Retired Teachers Association, The St. Marys Gardeners, Wapakoneta Education Association, and the Wayne Street United Methodist Church.
He loved to travel and visit historic sites around Ohio.
Walter was the docent at the Mooney Museum in St. Marys for many years. He was an avid historian and acted as the Walter Horner Family genealogist. Walter was a frequent patron of the St. Marys Community Public Library, where he especially enjoyed reading history books.
He was a voracious collector of books as well. He was a devoted caretaker to his mother for a decade. Walter was known for his sharp sense of humor and his incisive commentary about the human condition.
Walter enjoyed spending time with his loved ones (especially Harry, Wills, Maxine and Boots) and numerous friends. Jules Dowling shared with him the love of animals, and gardening. Rachel Barber of Wapakoneta also shared his love of history and the history of Auglaize County.
He was especially grateful for all of the kindnesses extended to him during this past year. Walter was preceded in death by his sister, Dixie Lee (Horner) Ullman.
He is survived by his nieces, Kim Ullman (Mark Schmidt) of Cuyahoga Falls, and Kyle Ullman (Richard Freeman) of Gosport, Ind. and numerous extended relatives.
Calling hours for Walter will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Sanctuary of the Wayne St. United Methodist Church, 130 N. Wayne St. in St. Marys.
A memorial service will follow at 1 p.m., the Rev. Steve Weatherly, officiating.
Immediately afterward, a dinner will be hosted in the Fellowship Hall for anyone wishing to attend.
Burial will be a private ceremony in Riverside Cemetery, Shalersville.
Memorials in Walter’s name may be made to the Auglaize County Historical Society and to SART: Cat Adoption and Rescue, St. Marys.