SHEFFIELD LAKE - Clark D. Horning, 81, of Sheffield Lake, died Saturday, February 1, 2014, at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain after a lengthy illness.
He was born March 7, 1932, in Lorain, and had been a lifelong Lorain area resident.
Clark graduated from Lorain High School Class of 1950 B. He was signed by the Cleveland Indians in 1951 to play baseball in their farm system and participated in training camp in Daytona Beach, Florida. When the Korean War
began, Clark served with the U.S. Air Force for four years as a mechanic on planes such as the P-51 Mustang and the experimental P-80 and F-80 Shooting Star.
Clark worked at BF Goodrich in Avon Lake as an advanced senior research technologist before retiring in 1992 after 38 years of service.
Clark was a member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lorain. He enjoyed woodworking, yard work and coaching Lorain Youth Baseball, Little League and Hot Stove Baseball. He loved watching the Tribe.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ida Horning (nee Belletti); daughter, Debbie Fossie of Lorain; grandsons James (Aleisha) Fossie of Amherst and Joshua Fossie of Lakewood; great-grandchildren, Julia and Cole Fossie; several cousins; dear friends, Frank and Audrey Higgins; and many wonderful neighbors and friends.
Clark was preceded in death by his parents, George Horning in 1990 and Kathrine Horning (nee Lehman) in 2002; and son-in-law, James Fossie in 1992.
The family will receive friends Tuesday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Gluvna-Shimo-Hromada Funeral Chapel, 3224 Broadway Ave., Lorain. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the funeral chapel. The Rev. Jimmy Madsen, pastor of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lorain will officiate. Burial will follow at Ridge Hill Memorial Park in Amherst Township.
The family would like to thank the nurses and staff in the intensive care unit at Mercy Regional Medical Center for the care they gave to Clark during his stay.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 603 Washington Ave., Lorain, OH 44052.
Online condolences may be made at www.gluvna.net.