URBANA — Richard Allen Van Horn, 74, of Urbana, formerly of Marengo, went to be with the Lord, with his family by his side on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010.
Richard was born in Rosewood to the late Ward and Cora (Casebeer) Van Horn. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Mary Ann (Stickley) Van Horn. Richard was a 1953 graduate of Westville High School. After graduation he served in the U.S. Army from 1953-55 stationed in Italy. Richard then went on to graduate from Wilmington College with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and with a master’s degree in educational administration from The Ohio State University. Richard’s dedicated career in education touched the lives of thousands of students, teachers and community members. He began his career at Greenfield Junior High and went from there to Anna Local where he taught special education. He worked at the Champaign County Board of Education as a supervisor and then to Graham Junior High where he served as the building principal for six years. His next career change took him to Morrow County where he led the Highland Local Schools as superintendent for 14 years. He was instrumental in the construction of a new junior high school and the Highland community recognized his leadership by dedicating the new building to him. In retirement, Richard was the driving force in the establishment, construction, and operation of a water company serving southern Morrow County and also served as its president. Richard also served on the Morrow County Hospital and Delco Water boards and spent the remainder of his retirement on the family farm taking every opportunity to be involved in the lives of his children and his 17 grandchildren.
Richard is survived by the seven Ks and their families, Kimberly Jones (Aaron, Austin and Alexandra) of Urbana, Kathy (Randy) Weaver (Brock, Kirby and Chase) of Marengo, Kris (Roberto) Rojas (Olivia, Diego, Isabel and Lorenzo) of Upper Arlington, Kurt (Joanne) Van Horn (Clara, Nathaniel and Hannah) of Mandeville, La., Kent Van Horn of Pacific Beach, Calif., Karyl (Rusty) Strader (Colby, Cooper and Caden) of Urbana and Kelly (Neil) Ziegler (Max) of Clintonville. He is also survived by two sisters, Frances Burcham of Sarasota, Fla., and Mary Ruth (Carl) Strayer of Peoria, Ariz.; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
Richard was preceded in death by his brothers, John Van Horn and Donald Van Horn.
A gathering of family and friends will be held Wednesday, Jan. 20, from 3 to 8 p.m. in the Vernon Funeral Home, Urbana. Funeral service will be held Thursday, Jan. 21, at 10 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Dr. James Van Zile and Rev. Roger Larrison officiating. Burial will follow in Rosedale Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Richard Van Horn Scholarship Fund, Security National Bank, Westville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 117, Westville, OH 43083; or 1st Baptist Church of St. Paris, 121 S. Church St., St. Paris, OH 43072.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.