William Theodore Horstmeyer, of Hannibal, Mo., went to be with his Lord, at 7:15 a.m., Sunday, April 29, 2012, at Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital, New Hope Center in Sullivan, Mo.
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Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. May 3 at Antioch Baptist Church in Hannibal. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. May 2 at the church. Pastor Clay Thomas will officiate, along with Pastors Jack Emmite and Jeff Anderson. Praise and worship will be lead by Bill's grandson, Pastor Justin Horstmeyer of Sanford, Fla. Burial will be at Grand View Burial Park in Hannibal. The James O'Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal is handling the arrangements.
Bill Horstmeyer was born March 17, 1933, to Albert and Etta Horstmeyer of New London, Mo.
He was married to Donna Douglas on June 20, 1954, they were blessed to be soul-mates for 57 years of love and devotion.
Carrying on the legacy of love and faith are their four children; Shelley Sanneman and husband Keith from Burbank, Calif., Doug Horstmeyer and wife Annie from Sanford, Karla Rae Thomas and husband Clay from Galveston, Texas, and Teresa Horstmeyer of Townsend.
Bill and Donna were joyfully graced with 10 grandchildren; Jason and Sean Sanneman, Derek, Justin and Luke Horstmeyer, Krista and Benjamin Thomas, Brandon, Daniel and Kendal Horstmeyer. Their great-grandchildren are: Nickolas, Taylor, Riley, Brandon, Kayla and soon to be born Emily.
Bill will be greeted in Heaven by his parents, Albert and Etta, and brother, Fred.
Bill's heart was dedicated to serving his Lord and Savior. He had an undying passion and enthusiasm to share his faith and the good news of Jesus Christ with those whom he encountered, from someone in a grocery line to those who he pastored during his 27-plus years in ministry.
Bill's ultimate passion for Christ was sharing "What do you think it will take to get a person into Heaven?" during his 20 mission trips, 17 of which were spent in the Philippines. After pastoring, working for the Missouri Baptist Children's Home and Hannibal-LaGrange College, he started a missions ministry called Caleb's Mountain Ministries, which sponsored missions trips abroad.
Bill also loved God's great creation and found joy in planting and tending his garden. His "Hannibal famous" tomatoes were something he enjoyed growing each season.
Bill was an Army Paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne and served during the Korean War.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Christian Light Foundation, PO Box 23881, Jacksonville, FL 32241 Attn: Judy Russell-Philippines.
Published in Coastal Courier from Apr. 30 to May 7, 2012