May 6, 1932 - Sept. 14, 2013 OKLAHOMA CITY, OK "The Colonel," Edwin George Horne, Jr., M.D., Col. U.S.A.F. Ret., moved to a more comfortable and permanent billet with our Lord Jesus Christ on Saturday, September 14, 2013. Dr. Horne is survived by his sister, Vera Schimmel and her husband Gilbert Schimmel; four children, Kelly, who with his wife Nina provided tireless and tender care for Ed in his last years, Kevin, Katie Splawn, and Kyle; five step- children, Sharon Warner, Eugene Warner, Lisa Ahrensbach, Debbie Cantrell, and Robin Thornton; seven grandchildren, 12 step-grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews who remember him from happy times as Uncle Ed. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Alice Rutherford Horne; his sister, Evelyn England; his wife, Irene Schimmel Horne (d. 1976); his wife, Ann Curtis Horne (d. 2009); and an infant son, Kurt (1959). Ed was born in McLoud, Oklahoma in 1932, the youngest of three children and the only boy in a loving family. The family later moved to Warr Acres in Oklahoma City. Ed overcame polio as a teenager and went on to letter in football at Putnam City High School, from which he graduated in 1950. He joined the U.S. Navy as a hospital corpsman and served on Guam during the Korean War. On his return, he earned degrees in physical therapy and medicine from his beloved alma mater, the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Horne was proud to serve his country. After earning his M.D. from O.U., he returned to the Navy as a Lieutenant in the Medical Corps. He especially enjoyed his tour of duty as the Medical Officer (ship's doctor) aboard the U.S.S. Nereus, AS-17, a submarine tender. After resigning his commission, he opened a medical practice in southwest Oklahoma City and then Moore, Oklahoma in the 1970s. But he returned to serve in the Air Force, where he rose to the rank of Colonel before retiring and eventually moving home to Oklahoma. His friends and family will fondly remember his religious faith, his patriotism, his compassion as a physician, his love of physical fitness and sports (especially O.U. football), and many memorable driving vacations across North America - with stops at major league baseball parks whenever possible! Colonel Horne was no fan of funerals, which he found unduly depressing in light of the promise of eternal life. Memorial arrangements are pending. Those wishing to do something in remembrance of him can make a donation to: The OU Foundation, P.O. Box 26901, OKC 73126.
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Published in The Oklahoman on Sept. 21, 2013