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Manley Horner, Jr.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Manley Lee Horner Jr. was born March 30, 1929, in Flint, Mich., to Ethel Marie and Manley Lee Horner, of Hornersville, Mo.

Manley passed away on Oct. 31, 2012, in San Francisco, Calif., after a lengthy struggle with Vascular Disease, Diabetes and Dementia.

Manley lead a vibrant and extraordinary life. He was a graduate of Hornersville High School, and the University of Southern Missouri at Cape Girardeau, Mo.

He joined the Marine Corps and was a Fighter Pilot in the Korean War. He became a commercial pilot for TWA for many years, and also flew for Lockheed Aircraft in Africa for a while.

He was a man who did not know the words" cannot do", and he encouraged all around him to try anything at least once. Manley was a kind and gentle man, who loved nature, all animals and most of all his family. He was well read, and many times recited long portions of Shakespeare to the amazement of his audience.

He lived for the last thirty some years near San Francisco, however he never lost his ties with his roots in Hornersville. In his later years he enjoyed driving back and forth with his dog, Daisy. He loved the piece of land he owned and tended. He had a passion for growing tomatoes, and would fed ex some to me so I could taste a "real " tomato. It was his dream to turn his acreage in Missouri into a Nature Preserve and Park, so he started by ordering hundreds of indigenous trees and planting them. Illness forced him to give up his ambitious project though, and he always spoke about how sad it was that he could not complete this dream.

Manley is survived by his wife of 40 years, Helga, and by his three children from his first marriage, Daniel Lee Horner, Teresa Ann Horner-Keyes, and Anna Marie Horner.

A memorial is planned for some time in early spring of 2013 in Hornersville.