Jerry D. Horn
June 29, 1947 – November 21, 2020
Biography written by Jerry:
My career was always short lived in any organized sports, but as my children grew, I became introduced into several different, not so mainstream sports. A couple of seasons, I was able to coach grammar age soccer kids and later, as my own kids became older, I found I had an interest in skiing with them. I am a slow runner, but I do like the challenge that distance running offers and hope to complete a marathon before I get much older.
I have had only two employers since I was discharged in 1971 from the Air Force. First, I was hired by a computer service company called Memorex Corporation and remained employed with them until 1976. In that same year, I became employed with United Air Lines. I have continued my employment with them for the past 13 years and hopefully will be able to retire with them somewhere in the next 13 to 18 years. Both these companies have been fair with me and for the past 4 years, I have been a supervisor of a shop of 14 computer technicians that maintain an automated reservation system for airline travel.
While in my early twenties, the military introduced some very important career goals into my life. I was fortunate enough to attend a computer maintenance school at Keesler AFB. The training was very academic, and I did need some remedial training in the first few phases of school until I finally began to understand how computers work. In 1968, after graduation from the program at Keesler, I was assigned to Offutt AFB, Nebraska until my discharge in 1971. I finished my enlistment there at SAC headquarters troubleshooting and maintaining a special purpose computer that supplied computer information to downline SAC sites. I have had no combat experience.
After a 16-year break in military service, I was surprised that I could still pass a physical and be allowed to join the Army National Guard, which I did in July, 1987. After 5 months being assigned to 108th Support Battalion ARNG, I transferred to the Army Reserves, 23rd DPU with the intent of applying for a Warrant Officer position in a data processing group. I felt that my background which was introduced to me by the military might again assist and be of use to the mission of the Army Reserves. I feel that this time being spent in the Army Reserves is a way for me, although a small contribution, where I might say Thank You for the training I received earlier. Even though I will probably be one of your older candidates, my intentions and hopes are to finish a career with the Army Reserves as a Warrant Officer.
Additional memories written by Jerry’s sons:
We moved to Virginia and family was split up for the first time. We were now spread across the states. My dad worked at United airlines at Dulles airport. Then with youngest son, on a mission, my parents moved back to Chicago. After retirement and they moved to Durango, Colorado, near oldest son. They were very happy there with their Mountain View 14 acre home. As the cancer ate away at him, he was unable to live at altitude. My parents moved back to Omaha near me the number two son. In fact, lived with number two son for 12+ months while they did a complete remodel on their dream river view home.
Preceded in death by parents, John and Mary; and stepfather, James Ramsey.
Survived by wife, Patricia; sons: Ian, Aaron and Jared; grandchildren: Hudsen, Winfield and Liam; brother, Gary (Sharon); and sister-in-law, Utana Windhorst.
FUNERAL SERVICE: Saturday, November 28th, 2pm, at the West Center Chapel with VISITATION starting at 1pm. Private Interment: Omaha National Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the family.
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