VeteranRoger Hornsby

Roger Dean Hornsby, 70, of Creve Coeur died at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, July 8, 2001, at Fondulac Woods Health Care Center in East Peoria.

He was born Oct. 26, 1930, in Peoria, a son of Virgil Clark and Ella Moss Martin Hornsby. He married Valentina Helen Tabaraz on Sept. 17, 1955, in Quantico, Va.

Surviving are three sons, Roger "Dean" II (and Mary) of Washington, John of West Valley City, Utah, and Thomas of Creve Coeur; two daughters, Teresa Steele of Fayetteville, N.C., and Monica (and Matt) Ragon of Creve Coeur; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandsons; four brothers, Virgil of Fairbanks, Alaska, Bobby (and Rose) of Berlin, Wis., Donnie of Mackinaw and Jack of Creve Coeur; and three sisters, Rella Burke of East Peoria, Rose (and Bud) Lutz of Vermont and Ruth McClary of Pekin.

He was preceded in death by one son, Rocky, on Feb. 24, 1999, in Maryville, Tenn.; three brothers; and one sister.

He served in the Army from Jan. 6, 1948, to Jan. 23, 1954, and had served on Gen. MacArthur's Honor Guard. He later served in the Marine Corps from April 2, 1954, until July 31, 1968, attaining the rank of gunnery sergeant.

He then worked as a security guard at American Distilling Co. in Pekin for 12 years until it closed in 1980.

He was a member of American Legion Post 983 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2078, both in East Peoria, and the National Rifle Association.

He was of the Catholic faith.

Graveside services were held today at 9 a.m. at Fondulac Cemetery in East Peoria with Rev. John Plunkett officiating, where military rites were conducted by the Marine Corps. Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Creve Coeur Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to East Peoria Youth Council/Richland Bottoms.

From the Peoria Journal Star.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 7/11/2001

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