Ulrich Peter Horger, Taylor, died Wednesday at VNA Hospice at Geisinger Community Medical Center. His wife is the former Jean Hauenstein. The couple celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary on Nov. 26.
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He was born in Taylor and was the son of the late Dr. Ulrich P. and Mercedes Watkins Horger. A graduate of Taylor High School and Muhlenberg College, he had worked as a salesman for the General Foods Co., and in 1975-76 he was the administrator of Taylor Hospital. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Acacia Lodge F&AM 579, Taylor Hose Company 1, Taylor Swiss Lodge and the former Taylor Men's Club, and was formerly a Boy Scout leader. Pete had served with the Navy during World War II.
Pete loved spending time working in his garden and maintaining his fish pond. Everybody thought of him as a "colorful" character and he will be missed by his family and friends. His loving wife, Jean, was by his side through thick and thin.
Also surviving are two daughters, Susan Fitch and husband, Fred, of Jarrettsville, Md.; and Margaret "Meg" S. Horger, Moosic; three sons, U. Peter Horger III and wife, Annie, of Tunkhannock; John Russell Horger and wife, Linda, of Mechanicsville, Md.; and Christropher Watkin Horger and wife, Manal, of the United Arab Emirates; one sister, Jean Chapman-Castle of Rochester, N.Y.; and six grandchildren, Amanda Beth Freidman, Scott Fitch, Peter Russell Horger, Adam Christopher Horger, Zane Christopher Horger and Ian Russell Zagropski.
He was also preceded in death by a sister, Dr. Evelyn Lafferty.
The funeral will be Saturday at 11 a.m. from the Jacob Davis Funeral Home, 422 S. Main St., Taylor, with services by the Rev. Donald Roberts, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, Taylor. Interment will be at the Abington Hills Cemetery.
Visitation will be Friday from 3 to 6 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Commonwealth Medical College, 150 N. Washington Ave., Scranton, PA 18503.
Published in Scranton Times on Dec. 13, 2012