He was born Jan. 5, 1924, in St. Paul to Julius A. and Della F. (Spoonemore) Horton. As a young boy, he grew up on the family farm at St. Paul and was a 1942 graduate of St. Paul High School.
On May 26, 1943, he entered the U.S. Navy and served his country during World War II. Following his honorable discharge on April 18, 1946, he returned to St. Paul before moving to Casper, Wyo., where he was employed by Freightways as a dock worker and truck driver. After his retirement in 1995, he returned to St. Paul, where he had lived since.
He was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1654 in Chanute. He enjoyed gardening and watching sports, especially the KU Jayhawks, and was a proud supporter of St. Paul Indians athletics.
He married Bonnie Creech in 1946 at St. Paul. They later divorced.
On Sept. 29, 1956, he married Virginia A. Blanding in Casper, Wyo. She preceded him in death on Sept. 19, 1973.
Survivors include a daughter, Gail Walsh of Muskogee, Okla.; four sons, David W. Horton of Mills, Wyo., Lawrence E. “Eugene” Horton of Wichita, Lloyd Ray Horton of Sumter, S.C., and Randall L. “Randy” Horton of Jackson, Ga.; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a twin brother, Floyd R. Horton of Parsons.
He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and four sisters.
The service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery near St. Paul. Friends may call at the funeral home after 1 p.m. today.
Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.