Bill Horner, age 93, of Cassville, Missouri, passed away at his home on Monday, March 6, 2017. Mr. Horner, son of Loren Eugene and Alma (White) Horner, was born on July 24, 1923, in Cassville. He was a lifetime resident of Barry County. He attended the Horner one-room rural school before going on to Cassville where he was a member of the 1942 graduating class.
Growing up Bill and his brother helped their father with his Registered Brown Swiss dairy cow operation on their farm, which was designated as Century Farm by the University of Missouri Extension and the Missouri Farm Bureau in September of 2013. Following high school graduation, Bill went to Kansas City, Kansas, where he received an aircraft license from Fairfax Aviation School.
He worked at the Missouri Aviation Institute as an instructor of soldiers, but six months later his father suffered his first heart attack and Bill returned to Cassville. Because of his bad ankle which he suffered in a childhood accident, he was unable to serve in the military; therefore, he remained on the farm and had the responsibility of the entire operation while his father was in the V.A. Hospital, his mother staying with his father, and his brother Bob was serving in the military.
Bill married Adella Gowen on May 16, 1953, at her parents’ house in Washburn.
In September of 1946, in addition to taking care of the cows on the farm, he purchased a Standard Oil truck and started hauling diesel. On September 3, 2016, he celebrated his 70th anniversary of being in the oil business. In 1965 he and Adella purchased the Homelite Chainsaw Business and operated it in conjunction with the oil business. They ceased the chainsaw business in 2000.
Since Bill and Adella where lifelong residents of Barry County they had the opportunity of sharing their life story in the summer of 2011 with the Barry County Museum and had it published in the Lifetime of Memories-Voices of Barry County book. He joined the Methodist church at the age of 12 and attended the Cassville United Methodist Church. He was a lifelong Democrat. He loved to tell about the time he had the opportunity to meet a young John F. Kennedy in addition to getting to see Harry Truman and John F. Kennedy as they each campaigned for President of the United States. Bill was a very loving and caring man who loved spending time with his family. Over the years Bill made many friends in Barry County; he was a true gentleman and will be greatly missed by all that knew him.
Survivors include: his wife of sixty-four years, Adella Horner, of the home; two sons, David Horner and his wife Kim, and Jon Horner and his wife Darla, all of Cassville; five grandchildren, Chase Horner and Madison Horner, both of Cassville, Lance Horner and his fiancé Gina Suick, of Arp, Texas, Payton Horner, of Exeter, and Megan Young and her husband Tye, of Ozark; one step-grandson, Shane Munday and his wife Kim, of Mobile, Alabama; three great-grandchildren, William Lane Horner, Loren Horner, and Willow Adell Young; and two step great-grandchildren, Graham Munday and Mason Munday.
Additional survivors include his beloved nieces and nephews: Holly Bishop, Jane Ann Gowen, Kay Gowen, Janet Bates, Joe Horner, and Burl Horner.
In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his brother Bob Horner and his wife Irene; brothers-in-law, Billy Gowen and Wayne Gowen.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cassville United Methodist Church and/or Mercy Hospice and entrusted to the White Funeral Home and Crematory P.O. Box 890, Cassville, MO 65625.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 9, 2017, at the Cassville United Methodist Church with Pastor Andy Lambel officiating; burial to follow at the Horner Cemetery in Cassville. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8th, at the White Funeral Home and Crematory.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the White Funeral Home and Crematory in Cassville, Missouri.