COL. JAMES H. HORNEY (USAF RET.), 72, passed away Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, at his home. Born in Fort Wayne, he grew up in Antwerp, Ohio where he graduated from Antwerp High School. He attended General Motors Institute before joining the U.S. Air Force. As a Navigator, he flew the B-52 bomber, B-58 Hustler, EB-66 Destroyer and the F-4 Phantom during his career and he served two tours of duty in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1992 after 30 years of service. During his time in uniform, he earned, amongst others, the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Device. He earned a B.S in Industrial Engineering from the University of Tampa and a M.S. in Business Management at Auburn University while attending the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Ala. He was a 28-year resident of Poquoson, and a member and past president of the Poquoson chapter of the Kiwanis. He tutored local students in math. His favorite pastimes were taking his boat out on the Back River with his family, dogs, and cigar, as well as tinkering with his beloved Triumph TR6 sports car. He was a great lover of music, good company, and corny jokes. He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Anne Horney; daughters, Beth (Richard) Morris of Market Harborough, England and Jenna (Gregory Ottinger) Anderson of Richmond, Va.; brothers, William Patrick (Sheila) Horney of Columbia City, Ind. and Richard (Connie) Horney of Fort Wayne. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Harriet Horney of Antwerp, Ohio. Condolences may be expressed on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Poquoson Yacht Club, 417 Messick Road, Poquoson, Va. The interment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors at a later date. Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson, Va., is assisting with arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.claytorrollins.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Edmarc Hospice for Children, 516 London Street, Portsmouth, VA, 23704, or the USO of Hampton Roads, P.O. Box 7250, Hampton, Virginia, 23666.
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Nov. 17, 2013