Kenneth Douglas Horne
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Kenneth Douglas Horne

Annapolis, MD - Kenneth Douglas Horne, 78, passed away on April 27, 2020 at Somerford Place in Annapolis MD. Ken was born in New York City to Louther LeRoy and Rose Horne and raised in Wilmington DE. He was the loving brother of Judith Rose Deuringer (late-Franz George) of Severna Park MD, and Russell Malcolm Horne (Shirley) of Salisbury, MD. He was the dear uncle of Ursula Ford (Dave) and Kimberly Kinner (Buddy) and great uncle of Corey and Katelyn Ford, and Brady, Megan and Kendall Kinner.

He was a 1959 graduate of Mount Pleasant High School and attended the University of Delaware. Upon his graduation in 1963, Ken began his career as a science teacher at Forwood Junior High School. He later moved to Hanby Junior High School and then to Concord High School, where he taught until his retirement in 1991.

Ken's efforts to mentor youth started with his job as a teacher and extended into many different areas of the community. A lifelong enthusiast of the game of soccer, Ken coached soccer at Forwood Junior High for 13 seasons until becoming an assistant coach at Brandywine High School in 1978.

Ken was Concord's head soccer coach from 1980-1992. His Raiders team won the state championship in 1982 and he was a two-time Delaware Soccer Coach of the Year recipient. He also coached the boys' swimming program at Concord winning the state championship in his first season. He later became a soccer coach at the Sanford School in 1993 and took over as head coach in 1995. That spring, he helped start the girls' soccer program at Sanford and led the school's first team to the 1996 state championship game.

After retiring from teaching, Ken became the Director of Young Life Activities at Richardson Park United Methodist Church, a continuation of his lifelong commitment to his faith. Ken worked with the Lay Witness Mission ministry through the United Methodist Church and was a longtime member of the Delmarva Walk to Emmaus community and helped start up the Delmarva Chrysalis program for high school youth in the late 1980s. He served both communities in many roles for more than 15 years. Ken also impacted many lives through his involvement with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church for nearly 50 years, moving with the church from its downtown location in 1964 to its current home on Foulk Road.

Ken's ministry at St. Paul's was intertwined with his lifelong passion for the Boy Scouts of America. An Eagle Scout himself, having earned the award in 1959, Ken was the scoutmaster of Troop 525 at St. Paul's for more than 40 years. During that time he helped dozens of scouts reach the rank of Eagle Scout and led the troop on several high adventure trips to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, the Main National High Adventure Area, and other excursions that made lifelong memories for his troop members. Ken received the Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service to Scouting in 1973.

Ken moved to Maryland in 2007 to be closer to his family. He enjoyed different activities with his nieces and nephews such as camping, white water rafting, fishing, soccer games and talking about scripture. He was always their number one fan on the sidelines when watching them play sports.

The family is planning a Celebration of Life at St. Pauls United Methodist Church in Wilmington, DE when local laws and conditions allow. Please check back for details.

Memorial contributions can be made to: the Youth Pass Through Account at Saint Paul's United Methodist Church, 1314 Foulk Road, Wilmington, DE 19803, or Fellowship of Christian Athletes -

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Published in The News Journal from May 2 to May 3, 2020.
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October 14, 2020
My name is Meg MacDonald. Mr. Horne was my 7th grade science teacher in 1966 and I’ve often reflected that practically everything I know about chemistry and biology, I learned from him. I’m just now refreshing my understanding of DNA and realize to my surprise that I know exactly what the A, C , T and G stand for in the DNA strand, and that I learned it 50 years ago from Ken Horne. So I googled, only to find that I missed telling him in person by a scant 5 months. I am so sorry. He was a fine teacher.
Meg MacDonald
October 6, 2020
Ken was my Scoutmaster for many years. Troop 525! I also attended Forward Jr High and Brandywine High School (BHS '76) where he was a teacher. I feel inadequate to express the impact of Ken on my young life and my sorrow at his passing. He was everything the founder of Scouting, Baden Powell imagined a Scoutmaster might or could be: kind, wise, generous in spirit, a mentor, a role model, a teacher, a guide. He taught soft, spoiled suburban kids like me how to survive in the wilderness (tie knots, sleep in the snow, make a fire from flint, hike with a backpack 50+ miles in mountains) and the metaphor that would be for life. How character: honor, humbleness, gratitude, discipline, courage make the difference between a Boy and a Man. I look forward to reuniting with Ken in Heaven and showing him I still remember some things he taught me. We need more Ken Hornes today. God Bless you Ken. Sing joyfully with the angels. I look forward to seeing you again.
Steve Sashihara
September 9, 2020
So sad to hear of Kens passing. He was a wonderful human being, too many good words to describe him. I met Ken at Richardson Park UMC, helped him with the youth group. He had the best hugs ever. He brought Walk to Emmaus to our church and I was the first to go on that life changing walk. God worked marvelous things through Ken and he will always be remembered and in my heart. RIP, you are now home❤
Christine Martnick
May 4, 2020
A great man and an excellent teacher. As a lifelong educator, I look back at having Mr. Horne as a teacher in both 7th and 9th grade and realize that he was one of the reasons why I went into education. 30 some years later and I still have fond memories of his classes.
Phill Sabbato
May 3, 2020
Extraordinary example of what every man should be. Your kindness and compassion will never be forgotten. God bless you Ken Horne. Go for everything. Forwood 1972
Chuck Hackman
May 3, 2020
I had Mr. Horne in my later school years. I always liked him. Was a wonderful teacher & mentor. Will be dearly missed. R.I.P. Mr. Horne!
Robin Brong
May 3, 2020
Ken's passion for coaching swimming and soccer, teaching and scouting, was extraordinary. He impacted young and old, with dedication and generosity. He shared love and heaven on earth. Peace
Brian Dunigan
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