Stephen Michael Horan, 51, of Red Bluff, passed away Friday, October 5, 2012. He was born to Father James and Mother Itsuko Horan in Virginia Beach, Virginia, June 18, 1961. Stephen had a younger sister Theresa and an older brother James. Shortly after Stephen's birth, their Naval based family was relocated to Middleton, RI, then moved to Kamiseya, Japan, then Staten Island, NY during Stephen's elementary schooling. Stephen grew into adulthood in Staten Island and graduated from Curtis High School class of '79. At the age of 17 Stephen joined the Navy. There in boot camp would change his future forever as he met and charmed his way in the heart of his first love, Laurie Toland. Laurie soon became his wife of 25 years and thus the creation of 4 proud children. Stephen spent 20 years in the Navy as an Airplane Electrician moving from Florida, Maryland, Sicily, Southern California, and meanwhile juggling extra part time jobs. In 2000 he then retired together with Laurie near Redding, CA in Palo Cedro. A
fter retirement from the U.S.N., Stephen worked at Sierra Pacific, and Junction Elementary before settling into a maintenance position at the Red Bluff Post Office. During his time at the post office he pursued his dream of becoming a teacher and studied at Simpson College receiving a bachelor degree in language arts. With mutual love Stephen and Laurie found separate ways, he then made home to his last residence in Red Bluff where he continued to touch lives in the Tehama/Shasta Community. During his time in Red Bluff he met Kate Bruce of Anderson, CA through mutual friends. Stephen was a man with a knack for recreation, often fixing and collecting. He was a mechanic, Sports enthusiast, having a strong respect for intelligence and ultimately God as he was raised Catholic.
Stephen found much joy and content in spending his time with Kate, his 4 children, 2 grand daughters and often showed his excitement for his future grand babies whom are in the womb. Stephen's years on Earth consisted of devoted angelic qualities as a Family man, Father, Husband, Son of proud Mother and Father, Brother and friend whom everyone loved. Stephen's kind soul naturally wrapped the hearts of those who knew him, which can never be forgotten. Stephen Michael Horan is survived by his four children: Holly Danielle Horan, Mary Emilly Breshears, Stephen Adam Horan, Grace Lynn Horan. His grand children: Bailey Itsuko Breshears and Stevey Lynn Kelly.
Funeral will be held Sunday, October 14th at 1:00 PM at Allen & Dahl Chapel, 9100 Deschutes Rd., Palo Cedro, CA 96073. Celebration of Life will follow at 2355 Sacred Heart Parish Hall, Red Bluff, CA 96080.
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Published in Redding Record Searchlight on Oct. 12, 2012