Richard D. “Dick” Horton of Goodrich passed away on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at home surrounded by his family.
He was 95.
Richard was born on Nov. 5, 1921 in Goodrich to Norris and Carrie Horton. He graduated in 1940 from Goodrich High School. He worked for Michigan Bell as a lineman and retired as an outside plant engineer after 38 years. Dick married the love of his life, Barbara J. Scranton, who survives him, on June 19, 1942. Also surviving are their four children, Rick (Elaine) Horton, Cheryl Najar, Suzanne (Stanley) Koon, and Babette (Bob) Frailey. He was the “best” grandpa to six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by both parents; siblings: Carl, Laura, and Ken; and son-in-law, Norman.
His love for family was exceptional as their love for him was beyond the moon and back.
Dick was a true patriot who served during WWII in the United States Army, 14th Armored Division, known as the “Liberators.” Dick drove his tank throughout Europe and was instrumental in overtaking two concentration camps.
He was honored to speak to various organizations to share his WWII experiences.
In 1957 Horton was one of the first members of the Goodrich Village Council when it was formed.
“In addition to serving on council he lowered and raised the Village Dam by hand,” recalls Rick Horton, his son. “Dad was a Goodrich farm boy who served his country and returned home to raise his family here.”
“Music is in the air.” Dick had a passion for music all of his life. From the big band era to his joy of playing his tenor banjo.
He was only 10-years-old when he purchased his first banjo. An original member of the Flint Banjo Club with 50 years of fun and laughter. “Our wish is for Dad to keep on picking his banjo and singing with the angels. We love you always and forever, till we meet again.”
A funeral service was set for 11a.m., today, Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Goodrich United Methodist Church, 8071 S. State Rd. Dick will be laid to rest at Goodrich Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the Goodrich United Methodist Church Memorial Fund in Dick’s name. Arrangements under the direction of Hill Funeral Home, Grand Blanc, MI.