Eldo M. Horn Jr.(1940 - 2013)

Eldo Horn Jr.

Former Monroe County resident, Eldo Martin Horn, Jr., 73, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2013, at Abilene Regional Medical Center in Abilene, Texas, after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Eldo was surrounded by family members at the time of his passing.

Eldo "Junior" Horn was born in Waterloo, Ill., on May 28, 1940. He was the third child, and first son, of Eldo Martin Horn Sr., and Ida Marion, nee Foslar, Horn.

Eldo graduated from Waterloo High School in 1958. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1959 to 1965. After his honorable discharge, he married Mary Elizabeth, nee Hooten, Horn of Fults, Ill., and opened his own bakery in Columbia, Ill. After the birth of their only child, Bradley, the couple moved to St. Charles, Mo. Eldo joined the Baked Goods Division of the Kroger Company, where he worked for more than 20 years.

In retirement, Eldo enjoyed traveling and spending time with his grandchildren. His many journeys took him not only to different parts of the United States, but also to Poland, Denmark, Germany, Turkey, the Bahamas and Chile. Always one to enjoy sampling the local food and drink, Eldo was particularly fond of a good bratwurst and an ice-cold pisco sour - preferably a double.

Eldo is survived by his wife, Mary, of Abilene, Texas; his son and daughter-in-law, Bradley and Kierstin Horn of Flagstaff, Ariz.; his two granddaughters, Maya and Zara Horn, also of Flagstaff, Ariz.; his four siblings, Doris Horn of Waterloo, Ill., Irene Bruce of St. Charles, Mo., Janet Mudd of Waterloo, Ill., and Robert Horn of Waterloo, Ill.; as well as by numerous in-laws, nieces, and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the .

Funeral: A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo, Ill.

Immediately following the church service, a celebration of Eldo's life will be held at the Camp Wartburg Recreation Center in Waterloo, Ill.

Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Sept. 12, 2013