Born August 9, 1922 of Slovak and German immigrants, Charles J. Horner Sr. was raised in the Burholme section of Philadelphia, though it was all farmland back then. He lost his father when he was 7. As a youngster during the Great Depression, Charlie walked the railways looking for pieces of coal that fell off the trains, to heat the house. He was a veteran of WWII and fought in the “Battle of the Bulge”, one of the bloodiest battles of the war. When his friends were drafted, Charlie was working in a war industry essential job and had an exemption. He turned down the exemption to go and fight next to his buddies. After the war, Charlie returned to work as a machine operator for SKF Industries until he retired. Charlie married Elaine Sackett in 1948 and they had four children; Charles Jr., Dennis, William and Susan. Charlie and Elaine were devout Christians. They never lost their faith, even when son Dennis died of cancer at the age of 2. The Horner family never missed a Sunday church service, even in the worst weather conditions. For many years they aided in the Sunday School program. Charlie’s hobbies included collecting coins and gardening. He was known in the area for having the earliest tomato plants and every spring, neighbors would come to him for young tomato seedlings. Charlie was preceded in death by his wife Elaine, son Dennis and his sister Josephine. He is survived by his children: Charles Jr (Pamela), William (Ellen), Susan (Reynold Johnson); grandchildren Jennifer, Stephanie (George Hrico) and Christine; family members Charles & Christine Johnson and their son, Eric.
There will be a memorial service for Charles Horner at 1 PM, Saturday September 15, at Southampton Estates, 238 Street Rd, Southampton PA.
Friends and family are welcomed. Visitors should tell the gatehouse they are there for the Horner Memorial Service and proceed to the main building. Service is in the auditorium on the second floor.
Family requests memorials to be made in hi s name to a Veteran's Organization or Alzheimer's Assoc.
Cure Alzheimer's Fund
34 Washington Street, Suite 200, Wellesley Hills MA 02481
Wounded Warrior Project
7020 A.C. Skinner Parkway, Suite 100, Jacksonville FL 32256