Walter C. Horner

Walter C. Horner

June 15, 1934 – May 20, 2021

Walter Carl Horner passed away on May 20, 2021 at the age of 86.  He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marilyn; sons, Robert, Richard (Susan); daughter, Joanna McGarvey (Carey); six grandchildren; sister, Charlene File.  Walter was a devoted husband, loving father, successful businessman, and prolific volunteer.  Anyone who knew him would agree that he lived a full life until the end and made many friends along the way.

He was born in Wymore, Nebraska and grew up in Omaha, Nebraska.  After serving in the U.S. Navy, he returned home to Omaha where he married, graduated from Omaha University, and began his business career.  Along the way he volunteered for many organizations including the Boy Scouts and the Ralston Community Theater.  His biggest passion, however, was Rotary International to which he devoted over 37 years.  He served in many positions including President of Suburban Rotary and District Governor.  Walt was recently inducted into the Suburban Rotary Hall of Fame for his involvement and many contributions over the years.

Walt was an avid golfer, travelled extensively, and was especially fond of cruises.  Although his cryptic sense of humor wasn’t necessarily mainstream (or easy to understand), all who knew him appreciated his kind and friendly personality.

VISITATION AND RECEPTION observing CDC guidelines: Saturday, May 29th from 1pm to 3 pm at the West Center Chapel.  CELEBRATION OF LIFE MEMORIAL SERVICE: Tuesday, June 15th at 1pm at Messiah Lutheran Church, 5015 S. 80th Street, Ralston, NE.  Family and friends are welcome to come and share stories and memories of Walt.  In lieu of flowers, please make memorials in his name to either Suburban Rotary Charitable Fund or Messiah Lutheran Church in Ralston.

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  • James E O’Connor Posted May 21, 2021 8:55 am

    Walt was a great guy. I’m proud to say he was my friend.

  • Darlene Akers Posted May 21, 2021 7:39 pm

    I will always remember Walt as a kind and wonderful person. Sending love and prayers To the family.

  • Angela Naujoks (Brown) Posted May 21, 2021 8:25 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss Horner family especially my beautiful friend Joanna. I’m praying for you all and sending you love to help the healing.

  • Mike and Ann Rongey Posted May 21, 2021 10:12 pm

    May God Hold you in the palms of his hands love you Walt

  • Pamela Horner Boruff Posted May 22, 2021 6:41 am

    Rest in heavenly peace my dear Uncle ‘Sonny’’. You are with your Mom and Dad now, reunited (Grandma and Grandpa Horner), your brother and my Dad, Donald D. Horner, and brother Lyle and my cousin and your nephew, Mike Horner, and brother-in-law Doug File. I imagine it’s a most wonderful reunion!

  • Paulette Nitz Posted May 22, 2021 7:52 am

    RIP Walt. Walt was a great person and so much fun. He always made you laugh Was a neighbor and friend. Prayers to Marilyn and famiily

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