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Francis J. VanHorn Obituary
Van Horn, Francis J. SAN DIEGO -- Francis J. Van Horn passed away peacefully on May 15, 2013 after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of lung cancer on May 1, 2013. Known to all his family and friends as 'Fran' or 'Franny,' he was born on October 29, 1940 in Camden, NJ to John E. and Louise M. (Borel) Van Horn. Fran was preceded in death by his parents, and his younger sister, Patricia A. Hewitt. He is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Susan (Blasband); and their daughter, Lindsay. He is also survived by his four children, John of Jacksonville, FL, Lisa Lang (Mike) of Sewell, NJ, Michael of Sewell, NJ, and Jennifer Cody (Chris) of Turnersville, NJ, and their families. Additionally, he is survived by his brothers- in-law, Thomas Hewitt, and his family, and Andrew Blasband, and his family, as well as many cherished relatives and friends. After graduating from Merchantville High School in 1958, Fran began his civil service career with the United States Navy at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard as a journeyman pipefitter. He advanced at the same facility to serve in his last position as their senior Group Superintendent from 1988 to 1994. Moving to San Diego in 1994, Fran joined the Navy Public Works Center as the Operations Officer. He served in that position until 1998 when asked to assume the Maintenance Department Head position. In 2005, Fran became the Director of Operations Support. He served in this position until his retirement in 2011, after 43 years of service. At Fran's request, there will be no service. Susan and Lindsay would like to thank Elizabeth Hospice and the Opal Team for all their care, love, and support of their "one in a million, best of the best" husband and father.

Published in U-T San Diego from May 26 to May 31, 2013
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