Walter R. HORNING (1925 - 2018)

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HORNING, Walter R.

June 6, 1925 -
August 7, 2018

Dad was born and lived his young life on a ranch 70 mi from the nearest town in N.E. Montana. He joined the Navy when he was 17, in the middle of WWII. After an honorable discharge in '45, he began working towards his Civil Engineering degree at the University of Redlands and finishing up at then WSC in Pullman. Eventually he would be President of the Cougar Club and a lifelong Coug fan. Dad went to work for the Department of Transportation and retired as the District Engineer for Eastern Washington some 30 years later. Always a cowboy at heart, he raised and raced Quarter horses along the way, after building his own ranch in Valleyford. Upon retirement, Walt became a Steward for the Racing Commission as well as a volunteer for FEMA, working over 15 national disasters around the US. Never one to sit idle in retirement, Dad also mentored some dear young friends as they started and built their own businesses and continued working as a consultant into his 90's. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rudolf and Elizabeth Horning; brother, Adam and sister, Esther; first wife, Ruth and second wife, Joanne; and his stepdaughter, Michele Christenson. He is survived by daughters Karen (Ted) Carl and Paula Horning; granddaughter, Angi Carl; stepdaughter, Sherry (Jeff) Moen; stepsons, Curt Chistenson and David Manion; numerous nieces, nephews, stepgrandchildren and great-grandchildren. Special thanks to his caregivers, Deanna and Larry for treating Dad like family and always going the extra mile to make sure he knew he wasn't alone. Thank you also to Jane and Kaileen from Hospice of Spokane for the tender care taken of Dad over his last months and to Hospice House, South Hill for keeping Dad comfortable in his last hours. There will be no service, but donations to Hospice of Spokane in Dad's name would mean a lot to him.

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Published in Spokesman-Review on Aug. 12, 2018
Arrangements under the direction of:
Ball & Dodd Funeral Home
5100 West Wellesley Ave | Spokane, WA 99205 | (509) 328-5620
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