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May 15, 2014

Elmer L. Horner

HOLLSOPPLE — HORNER – Elmer L., 89, Somerset Pike, Hollsopple, died May 14, 2014, at Cambria Care Center, Ebensburg. Born Feb. 20, 1925, in Jenner Township, Somerset County, son of William and Savilla (Croyle) Horner. Preceded in death by parents; son, Randy L., on Aug. 18, 1981; infant twin sisters, Elsie and Sadie; sisters, Dorothy Eppley and Louise Sturtz; and brothers, Harry, Ira “Smokey” and Dave. Survived by wife of 67 years, the former Betty Jane Johnson; son, Roger L., married to Frances Ryniak, Clyde; daughter, Roxanne E., married to Toby Resh, Thomasdale; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; former daughter-in-law, Lisa (Lamb) Albright; sister, Ellen Wolford, Laurel View Village; brother, Robert, married to Nancy Blough, Conemaugh Township; and numerous other relatives. A 1943 graduate of Conemaugh Township Area High School, Davidsville. Proud Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, having served in the Pacific Theater as an assistant engineer and left-side gunner on a B-29. Elmer’s crew flew cover for the Enola Gay, when the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945. His B-29 also flew cover over Tokyo Bay while the surrender documents were being signed on the USS Missouri. Member of Laurel Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jennerstown. Retired truck driver for Boswell Lumber Co. He was an avid gardener and hunter and greatly enjoyed the many family gatherings. Viewing will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9  p.m. Friday at Hoffman Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 409 Main St., Boswell. Viewing also will be held from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Saturday at Laurel Trinity Church, Pastor Traci Bowman, officiating. Interment, Thomas Mennonite Cemetery, with graveside military rites in charge of Somerset County Honor Guard. Memorials to American Cancer Society, 1004 N. Juniata St., Hollidaysburg, Pa. 16648, would be appreciated. To express condolences, make a donation, light a candle or order flowers, visit HoffmanFuneralHomes.com.

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