Wallace L. Horton
HEATH: Funeral services for Wallace L. "Wally" Horton, 95, of Heath, will be held at the REED-EGAN FUNERAL HOME, 141 Green Wave Drive, Newark, 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, January 8, 2013, with Rev. Michael Reis officiating. Interment will be follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
Wally died at his home in Heath on Saturday, January 5, 2013. He was born in Mills, Nebraska on February 17, 1917 to the late Herbert W. and Elizabeth E. (DeWitt) Horton.
Wally was an exceptional man with an exceptional career. Starting in 1942 as a field engineer with Wright Patterson Air Force Base, it became evident that Wally was embarking on a career that would be second to none. Through his wisdom and diligence Wally became a leader with numerous achievements which include: Developing the first proto-type of a radar system used for secret Commando airdrops; Establishing the Air Force World Wide Metrology Program; Heading a team for the development of the NAFB where he became the Technical Director; and Establishing a Consulting and Service Company for Medical and Industrial Electronics.
From 1993 to 1996 Wally was credited with being the grandfather of Privatization in Place, leading the community, state, and congressional delegation's efforts to retain the NAFB. In 1996 he was named the first Executive Director of the Heath- Newark-Licking County Port Authority, and continued to serve on their Board.
Wally held memberships in IEEE, Instrument Society of the America, American Ordinance Association, Sub-Committee of JCEC, Sub-Committee of War Munitions Board, and the National Conference of Standards.
He was the recipient of the NAID/ADC 2005 Community Leadership Award and The Horton Building, located on the COATC Campus, was dedicated to his honor in 2011. He was also awarded the Exceptional Civilian Service Award, the highest award given to a civilian by the US Air Force.
Wally is survived by his son, Joseph L. Horton, of the home; his three grandchildren, Johnny (Teresa) Horton, Grace Whitlock, and Cathi (Edward) Singledecker; 13 great-grandchildren, Matt Pancake, Tyler Pancake, Philip Horton, Sierra Horton, Sarah Ryan, Luke Horton, Ashley Whitlock, Arlie Whitlock, Danny (Jennifer) Adkins Jr., Katie Adkins (Josh Bowers), Seth Adkins, Karly Robb, and Cody Burch (Jackie Baker); 5 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Wally was preceded in death by his wife and love of his life, Clara Jane (Cotten) Horton; his daughter Mary Claire (James) Rubeck; his infant daughter, Grace Marie; his brothers, Ivan, Clinton, and Perry Horton; his sister, Zelma Horton; and grandson-in-law, Kenny Whitlock.
Friends and family may call from 4-6 P.M., Monday January 7, 2013 at the funeral home. To share your memory of Wally or leave a condolence for the family, please visit www.reedegan.com