John HORNE

HORNE John Fairfield 1920-2008 John Fairfield Horne, beloved husband of Ruth Horne, passed away at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre on Friday, March 7, 2008, at the age of 87 years. John was born on October 25, 1920, in Lethbridge, Alberta, where he was raised and attended public school. In 1938, he enrolled at the University of Alberta, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture, in May, 1942. During the summer of '42, John met his sweetheart and spouse to be, Ruth Cronkhite. He also enrolled in the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps, taking his officer training program at Gordonhead, B.C., followed by his basic training in Red Deer, Alberta. Lieutenant John Horne served in England, France, Belguim and Holland during W.W.11 before returning home in February, 1946. After a long wait, John and Ruth were married in June, 1946, residing in Lethbridge, Alberta. John also began his career with the federal government, serving as a Veteran's Land Act Field Officer in southern Alberta for 39 years. In 1988, John and Ruth moved to Red Deer to be closer to family. John is survived by his wife of 61+ years, Ruth Horne, his son Jim(Ethel), daughters Barb and Valerie, sister Dorothy(Glenn) McFarland of Saratoga, California, four grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents Fairfield and Gladys Horne and a brother, Donald Horne. John enjoyed travel, sports, gardening, eating out, and family gatherings. His presence will be greatly missed. The family would like to thank the staff of the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre for the kind, caring and competent treatment that was provided for John throughout the past years. Also, the family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Bob Mulder. Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the charity of choice. A service celebrating John's life will be held at Sunnybrook United Church, 12 Stanton Street, Red Deer, Alberta, on March 13, 2008, commencing at 2:00 p.m., with the Reverend Bill Cantelon officiating.