Franklin "Frank" Horsman Sr. (1933 - 2011)

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Franklin Horsman Sr.

SEAFORD — Franklin "Frank" Ewell Horsman Sr. of Seaford and formerly of Vienna died Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital of a massive heart attack. He was born Nov. 28, 1933, near Vienna, a son of the late Julian Clayton Horsman and Nellie Spear Horsman.

Frank was a veteran of the Korean War and Operation Desert Storm. During the Korean War, he served in the Navy, assigned to the amphibious forces. During Operation Desert Storm, he served in the Coast Guard as a chief investigator. He was assigned as the intelligence liaison and coordinator for the Fifth Coast Guard District. After Desert Storm, he was assigned to Coast Guard Investigative Services and worked against coastal drug smuggling until his retirement at age 60. He received several awards, including the European Occupation Medal, American Defense (twice) and the Coast Guard Achievement Medal for his work against coastal drug smuggling.

He was a former Maryland state trooper, appointed July 8, 1957, and retiring with the rank of sergeant in 1978. He was assigned to Barracks "A," Waterloo; Barracks "E," Salisbury; Barracks "F," North East and Barracks "I," Easton. He was a member of the MSP during the riots and demonstrations in Cambridge, Salisbury, Princess Anne and College Park, Md., in the 1960s. He received two awards for his investigative abilities. From 1988-2001 he operated Horsman Investigations, a private investigative service, through which he investigated numerous criminal and motor vehicle accident cases for many law offices on the lower Eastern Shore.

He was educated at Vienna High School and the Maryland State Police Academy, and attended the Law Enforcement Institute in College Park. He took law enforcement courses at Indiana University in Bloomingdale, Ind. He was certified as a drug investigator by the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. He attended the U.S. Coast Guard schools for port security and executive protection. Frank enjoyed boating, and for many years he piloted yachts to and from the Chesapeake Bay and Florida. He was a licensed commercial fisherman and owned several boats, including the Chesapeake Bay buy boat Sterling. Because of his maritime expertise, he was employed by the FBI in the 1980s in a criminal undercover sting operation in New York Harbor. He was a member of the Maryland State Police Alumni Association.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Massey Horsman, whom he married June 27, 1958; two sons, Capt. John E. Horsman, Delaware Capitol Police, and his wife, Cindy, of Milford, and Frank E. Horsman Jr. and his wife, Linda, of Cambridge; four grandchildren, Cpl. John F. Horsman, Milford Police Department, and his wife, Penny, of Milford, Cpl. Scott A. Horsman, Delaware State Police, and his wife, Lauren, of Middletown, Mandy Horsman Peters of Cambridge and Kristin Horsman Caiola and her husband, Billy, of Milford; seven great-grandchildren, Tyler Horsman and Karley Horsman of Milford, Anna Horsman, Thomas "T.J." Horsman and Charlotte Horsman of Middletown, and Zachary Peters and Myra Peters of Cambridge; three sisters, Emma Jean Sellers of Vienna, Helen Morris of Parsonsburg and Sarah Louise Byrd of Millsboro; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Capt. Darius C. "Bill" Horsman of Atlantic, and two sisters, Margaret E. Apple of Ingleside, Md., and Madeline Reid of Vienna.

A funeral service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Vienna United Methodist Church, with a viewing one hour prior to the service. The family will also receive friends Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at the church. Pastor Jonathan Willey will officiate. Interment will follow in St. Paul's Methodist Church Cemetery at Harrison Ferry near Hurlock. Family members will serve as pallbearers. Sam DuPont, J.T. Wainwright, Ray Potter, Roger Curry, Ed Willey and Betty Bienert for Bill Bienert (deceased) will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Memorial contributions in memory of Mr. Horsman may be made to The Horsman/Murphy/Willey Cemetery Fund, c/o Tommy Bradshaw, 5106 Rhodesdale-Vienna Road, Rhodesdale, Md. 21659.

Zeller Funeral Home in East New Market is handling the arrangements.

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Zeller Funeral Home
106 Main Street East New Market, MD 21631
(410) 943-3686
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Published in The Daily Times on Oct. 17, 2011
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