CHURUBUSCO — George William “Bill” VanHorn, 91, most recently of Churubusco, passed away at 8:05 a.m. on Friday, January 12, 2018, at Parkview Whitley Hospital.
He was born on January 9, 1927, in Belmont County, Ohio. He was the only son of Albert and Lela (Neuhart) Vanhorn. He spent his formative years on the family farm helping his dad farm.
Bill served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.
He was married on August 26, 1948 to Alice Spearman in her parents’ home.
Bill worked in his early years as a livestock driver and also was a drainage contractor. Later, he worked as an insurance salesman before retiring from the Ohio Department of Transportation.
In his free time, he loved being outside with his draft horses. He was a member of the Pulaskiville Community Bible Church and the Central Ohio Wagon Train Club. Bill had a servant’s heart and he enjoyed taking his draft horses and wagon around to area parades and fairs to give people rides in his covered wagon. He also served as the community Santa Claus for 50 years.
Bill is survived by his son, Rick (Kathryn) VanHorn of Churubusco; son-in-law, Jamie (Debbie) Taylor; six grandchildren, David (Kim) VanHorn, Nathan (Amanda) VanHorn, Kaly VanHorn, Anna VanHorn, Jamie (Misty) Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor; eight great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Alice Vanhorn; a daughter, LeeAnn Taylor; an infant son, David William VanHorn; two sisters, Bessie Shinaberry and Mary Underwood.
Services will begin at 11 a.m. today at Snyder Funeral Home Craven Chapel, 67 North Main Street, Mount Gilead, Ohio. Calling will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home.
Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery, Chesterville, Ohio.
In lieu of flowers please make memorials to Christ Community Church Building Fund.
Online condolences at www.sheetsandchilds.com.