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Nathan Hornburg

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HORNBURG, Nathan June 19, 1983 - September 24, 2007 With sadness we announce the death in Afghanistan of our cherished son, brother, and friend Nathan. His dreams for a sane and free world live on in his father Michael Hornburg of Calgary, mother Linda Loree and sister Rachel Herbert (Tyler) of Nanton, and his large extended Loree and Hornburg families: uncles Dave (Cindi) and Lance (Toby), aunt Mavis Moon (Gord) and cousins Cobi, Steven, Katie, Brady, Jesse, and Tessa in Canada, and uncles Jim, David (Dona), Joseph and aunts Jane Rund and Rose Bingham (Andy) of Missouri and cousins Nicole, Katie, Charla, Matthew, Adam, Alex, Ava and Luke. He will be missed by Grandpa Murchel Hornburg of St. Louis and Granny Con Loree of Nanton. We trust he is greeted by Pop (William Loree) and Grandma (Margaret Hornburg). He will live on in the hearts of the many friends he inspired wherever he went. His creativity and spirit were nourished by the Calgary Waldorf School, his independence by self-directed studies at Bishop Carroll High School, his expansive grasp of the world through a broad range of courses at Mount Royal College, and his endurance and toughness by seasons of hard work with Saunders Landscaping. At eighteen, Nathan's desire for action and meaningful contribution led him to join the King's Own Calgary Regiment. His rich range of experiences with the military reserves took him to bases in Canada, the US and Germany. He answered the call to join Operation Peregrine to fight the 2004 forest fires in Kelowna, B.C. Nathan was a leader who never shrank from responsibility. It was with careful deliberation and a lifelong concern for fairness and equality that he volunteered to train with the Lord Strathcona Horse Regiment in Edmonton to learn to operate a Leopard 2 armoured recovery vehicle in Kandahar province in Afghanistan. Only 27 days into his deployment, after a long day of battle he was killed by a mortar shell in a daring attempt to rescue a disabled tank. To honor Nathan's memory donations may be made to the Calgary Waldorf School Nathan Hornburg Memorial Fund to enhance sports programs there as well for children in need in the community, or to the Town of Nanton Nathan Hornburg Memorial Fund for development of sports facilities. "All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." Edmund Burke Funeral Services will be held at The Roundup Centre, Exhibition Hall B, 20 Roundup Way SE, Calgary on Thursday, October 4, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. Interment to take place on Saturday, October 6, 2007 in Nanton, Alberta. Messages of condolence may be forwarded to the family at www.piersons.ca Arrangements in care of PIERSON'S FUNERAL SERVICE LTD. Telephone 403-235-3602
Published in The Edmonton Journal from Oct. 2 to Oct. 3, 2007
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