Ronald Charles Hornbeck, 85, Whiting


WHITING — Ronald Charles Hornbeck, age 85, passed away on Thursday, July 14, 2022, at his home in Whiting.
Ron was born in Fort Ticonderoga, N.Y., on August 19, 1936. He was the son of Charles and Marie (McIntyre) Hornbeck.

He grew up on a dairy farm at Mount Independence in Orwell. Following his graduation from high school, he served in the United States Army doing a tour in Korea. After his Honorable Discharge he returned home and met his future wife, Juanita Babcock.

In 1967, he bought the family farm in Whiting, where he and Juanita raised their six children. Ron was a past member of the Orwell and Whiting Volunteer Fire Departments. He served for many years on the Whiting School Board. He was a member of Independence Masonic Lodge in Orwell. Ron enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with family and friends.

Ron leaves his wife of 62 years, Juanita Hornbeck. Also surviving him are: his children, Jeffrey (Sue) Hornbeck (Nicolas & Molly), Vanessa VanDerHeyden (Jack & Alison), Daphne (Stephen) Hard, Donna (Matthew) Severy (Eric & Ashley), Susan (Brent) Wetmore, Randy (Audrey) Hornbeck (Chris, Travis and Robert; his step-grandchildren John, Michelle, Carter and James; great-grandchildren Bryce, Braelynn and Hudson; and his sisters Patricia Hornbeck, Mickey Hornbeck and Janice MacIntyre.

Also, his brother-in-law Dwight Munger; sisters-in-law Anne Hornbeck and Carla Hornbeck, and many nieces, nephews and cousins survive him. He was predeceased by his parents and his brothers, Edward and James Hornbeck; a brother-in-law, David Munger; his niece, Elizabeth Hogan; and nephews Jason Smith and Daniel Hornbeck.

Ron joins his long-time friends — Roy, Bob, Tom, Raymond, John, Ed and Jim — who shared many good times and memories together.

Respecting Ron’s wishes, a private “Celebration of His Life” will take place at a later date, time and location. Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made in his memory to: Addison County Home Health & Hospice or to the Whiting Volunteer Fire Department and First Response Squad.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon.

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