Edward L. Horner

1925 - 2008, Goleta

Edward L. Horner, 83 of Goleta, passed away with his family by his side on September 24, 2008. He is survived by his loving wife, Annemarie; his son and daughter-in-law Air Force Major Edward P. Horner and Lynne Horner and granddaughters Caitlin and Madison Horner of Omaha, NE; daughter and son-in-law Simone Reddingius and Jeff Lackey of Paia, HI; son and daughter-in-law Ruud Reddingius and Marith Zilver of The Netherlands; brother and sister-in-law Dick and Sally Horner of St. Louis, MO and sister Peggy O'Donnell of St. Louis, MO; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Edward L. and Katherine Horner and his first wife, Jeanne Horner.

Ed grew up in St. Louis and after graduation from Western Military Academy he joined the US Army Air Corps during World War II. Upon returning to Missouri, he graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. During the Korean War, Ed was an American Red Cross field officer serving in California, Japan, and South Korea. In 1967 Ed completed his Master of Arts Degree in Education at California State University - Los Angeles. He moved to Santa Barbara County in 1968.

Ed made a big impact on many children's lives while he was a teacher at El Rancho Elementary School in Goleta. After 27 years of teaching, he spent his retirement cycling, skiing, swimming, hiking, reading and continued one of his favorite pastimes, writing. He and Annemarie spent many winters in Mammoth Lakes where he worked as a host and helped thousands enjoy the Mammoth Experience. His wonderful sense of humor and lifelong service to others will be truly missed.

A private celebration of his life has been held. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to: Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care of Santa Barbara, 222 East Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.

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Mr. Horner was one of my absolute favorite teachers. He brought reading to life for me. I used to sit on the edge of my seat as he read stuff like "A Wrinkle in Time" to the class. I can trace my love of reading directly to his enormous influence. I'm glad I contacted him a few years ago to let him know that I thought of him when I earned my doctorate in history a few years back.

God Bless you, Mr. Horner. You'll be greatly missed.

(Charles McKinney)

kmt188 (anonymous profile)
November 10, 2008 at 3:42 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Amen Chuck,
We were fortunate to have been one of his students.
Mr. Horner was one of the best parts of Elementary School. His love of reading and spirit of encouragement gave me the desire to learn. He would never let us give up (I think it was a math concept the class was having a problem with)... no matter how much we wanted to give up he believed in us and that made all the difference.
I will always remember him for that.
-See you later, Mister Horner

Alan Fitch

life2dfull (anonymous profile)
November 11, 2008 at 8:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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