Lawrence E. Hornback

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Retired U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Lawrence E. Hornback, 61, passed away Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, with his loving wife, Debbie, by his side.

He was born in Newport, Rhode Island and grew up in Glendale and Elizabethtown. He graduated from Elizabethtown High School in 1974. After marrying the love of his life, Debra Owen Hornback of Glendale, Larry enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he served on active duty for 23 years. During his career, Larry and Debbie were stationed at Fairchild AFB, Washington; Rickenbacker AFB, Ohio; Hessisch-Oldendorf AS, Germany; Loring AFB, Maine; Ramstein AB, Germany; Lackland AFB, Texas and the Pentagon. After active duty, he returned to Ramstein AB as a civil servant. Since 1999, Larry served at Patrick AFB with the 45th Force Services Squadron (FSS - The Best Never Rest) until retirement in May, 2018.

Larry's love of the Air Force was evident in the way he cared for his troops. The programs he created improved the lives and service of the enlisted force. Larry epitomized the core values, "Integrity First, Service Before Self, Excellence in All We Do." In later years, Larry loved serving and mentoring younger military and civilian personnel.

Larry was preceded in death by a son, James Hornback; and foster parents, Bill and Betty Swope.

Besides his wife of 44 years, Larry is survived by two daughters, Christy Newcomb and Melissa Hornback-Emerson; five grandchildren, William, Joshua and Andrew Newcomb, Shelby and Logan Emerson; four brothers, Carl Hornback, Bob, Dick and Carl Swope; and five sisters, Katherine Redmond, Angela Keith, Theresa Palm, Mary Reed and Kathy Callahan.

The funeral is at 2 p.m. EST Friday at Patrick South Chapel in Satellite Beach, Florida with a celebration following at the chapel annex. A memorial service in Kentucky will be planned in the near future.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Save a Warrior at saveawarrior.org or other armed forces related charities.
Published in The News-Enterprise on Aug. 10, 2018
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