WHITING — Ronald Charles Hornbeck, age 85, passed away on Thursday, July 14, 2022, at his home in Whiting.
The son of Charles and Marie (McIntyre) Hornbeck, Ron was born in Fort Ticonderoga, NY, on August 19, 1936. He grew up on a dairy farm at Mount Independence in Orwell. After graduating high school, he served in the United States Army doing a tour in Korea. After his Honorable Discharge, he returned home and met his future wife, Juanita Babcock.
In 1967, he bought the family farm in Whiting, where he and Juanita raised their six children. Ron was a past member of the Orwell and Whiting Volunteer Fire Departments. He served many years on the Whiting School Board and was a member of Independence Masonic Lodge in Orwell. Ron enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with family and friends.
Ron leaves his wife of 62 years; Juanita Hornbeck, and his children, Jeffrey (Sue) Hornbeck (Nicolas and Molly), Vanessa VanDerHeyden (Jack and Alison), Daphne (Stephen) Hard; Donna (Matthew) Severy (Eric and Ashley), Susan (Brent) Wetmore, and Randy (Audrey) Hornbeck (Chris, Travis, and Robert), as well as his step-grandchildren, John, Michelle, Carter, and James; his great-grandchildren, Bryce, Braelynn, and Hudson; his sisters, Patricia Hornbeck, Mickey Hornbeck, and Janice MacIntyre; his brother-in-law, Dwight Munger, and sisters-in-law, Anne Hornbeck and Carla Hornbeck. Many nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive him.
He was predeceased by his parents and brothers, Edward and James Hornbeck; his brother-in-law, David Munger; niece, Elizabeth Hogan; and nephews, Jason Smith and Daniel Hornbeck.
Ron joins his long-time friends Roy, Bob, Tom, Raymond, John, Ed, and Jim, who shared many good times and memories.
Respecting Ron’s wishes, a private “Celebration of His Life” will occur at a later date, time and location.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in his memory to the Addison County Home Health and Hospice or the Whiting Volunteer Fire Department and First Response Squad.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon.