Thursday, June 22, 2006

Kevin Lee Horner, 37, of Copperas Cove, Texas, passed away Monday, June 12, 2006, at his residence.

He was born in Portsmouth, Va., on May 9, 1969, the son of Jack Francis and Linda Louise (Groves) Horner, of Cassville. He was a Cassville High School graduate, class of 1987.

He worked as a supply sergeant with the 4th ID1-66th Armored Division. He served in the U.S. Navy in the Persian Gulf. He also served in the U.S. Army as a SSG in the Iraqi Freedom. He received the following: Army Commendation medal; Army Achievement medal (2nd award)/Navy Unit Commendation; Army good Conduct medal (3rd award); Navy Good Conduct medal; National Defense Service medal/Southwest Asia Service medal with Bronze Service Star; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary medal; Global War on Terrorism Service medal; Korea Defense Service Medal (2nd award); Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd award); Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon; Ku-Lib-Mdl (Kuwait); Driver and Mechanic Badge-Mechanic.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother Elsie Louise Groves.

Survivors include: his wife, Melissa Dawn (Shockley) Horner, of Copperas Cove, Texas; stepdaughters, Ashley Drechney, of Copperas Cove, Texas, Casey Drechney, of Copperas Cove, Texas, Ashley Young, of Clarksville, Tenn., and Heather Bing, of Norman, Okla.; Stepson, Jordan Drechney, of Copperas Cove, Texas; sisters, Christine Sabatino, of Parkersburg, W.V., and Melody Webb, of Cassville; brothers, Jeff Horner, Cassville, Max Horner, of Arkansas; grandparents, L.L. Groves, Jr. and his wife, Velma, of Portland, Maine.

Burial with full military honors was June 15 at Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Springfield.