Homer Joseph Bornhorst, 89, of Fort Loramie, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 13, 2013.
He was born on Feb. 10, 1924, in Anna, to Louis and Rose Bornhorst, both of whom preceded him in death.
On May 22, 1951, Homer was married to Mary Lou Borchers, who preceded him in death on Aug. 5, 2012.
In December 1944, Homer enlisted in the United States Merchant Marine, serving on various tankers through the end of World War II. He received an honorable discharge from the United States Coast Guard for his wartime service and a discharge from active duty from the United States Merchant Marine in December 1946. He was drafted into the United States Army in 1949 and served as part of the Army of Occupation at Kokura, Kyshu, Japan. On Feb. 15, 1950, Homer was voluntarily separated from active service, returning to Ohio and continuing his service in the Army Reserve. He received an Honorary Discharge from the Army on Feb. 15, 1955.
He is survived by his four sons, two daughters and their spouses, Theodore J. and Laurie (Hanner) Bornhorst of Houghton, Mich.; Richard J. and Stephanie (Hertenstein) Bornhorst of Findlay, Mary Jo A. and Rhondale Haynes of Springboro, William J. and Ann (Dugan) Bornhorst of Roswell, Ga.; Katherine A. and Kevin Thomason of Dallas, Texas; and Donald J. Bornhorst of Sidney.
He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; by three brothers and three sisters.
He was preceded in death by five of his 11 siblings.
The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Community Foundation of Shelby County — Homer and Mary Lou Bornhorst Family Scholarship Fund benefiting Fort Loramie High School students, 100 S. Main Ave., Sidney, OH, 45365, or to the American Heart Association.
Visitation is from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.
A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Michaels Catholic Church, Fort Loramie.
Burial will take place in St. Michael Cemetery.
Condolences may be made at HogenkampFh.com.