Lawrence E. Horton, 80, of Route 394, Randolph, passed away Thursday, April 3, 2014 at the Heritage Village Rehab and Skilled Nursing Center in Gerry.
Mr. Horton was born August 13, 1933 in the Town of Leon, NY, the son of the late
Merrill L. and Nellie V. (Hotchkiss) Horton.
Lawrence was a 1952 graduate of Randolph Central School. Following High School, he was a Veteran of the United States Army, serving during the Korean War from May 11, 1953 to April 27, 1956 where he received the Good Conduct Medal and the German Occupation Medal.
Mr. Horton retired in 1996 from Alcoa (Borden, Inc.) in Randolph with 36 years of service. Prior to that, he had worked for 13 years at the former Queensboro Milk Plant in Steanmburg.
He attended the former Steamburg Free Church, was a life member of the Randolph American Legion Post 181, where he was Commander from 1975-1976 and had served on the Executive Committee for many years, Past Commander of the Cattaraugus County Legion from 1981-82, having served on numerous committees, life member of the Randolph VFW Post 6533, Pine Lake Fishing Club in Canada, social member of the Coldspring Fire Department, and was a former member of the Cattaraugus County American Legion 40 & 8.
He enjoyed fishing, reading and spending time with his family and friends.
Mr. Horton is survived by his wife, Anneliese Burger, whom he married in 1972, five children; Allan Horton and wife Carmen of Fort Myers, FL., Julianne Howard Kinney of St. Petersburg, Fl, Michael Howard and wife Lorraine of Conewango Valley, Maria Otero and husband Don of Tarpon Springs, FL, Karin Kilburn and husband Marshal of Beauty, KY, 13 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, a brother; Stanley Horton of Conewango Valley, NY., as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by brothers; Kenneth Horton and Marion "Mort" Horton.
The family received friends from 2-5 PM Sunday, April 6 in the VanRensselaer & Son Funeral Home, 14 Church Street, Randolph, from where funeral services were held at 11:00 A.M. Monday. Randall Honey, Chaplain of the Randolph American Legion will officiate. Burial followed in the Steamburg Cemetery. To leave a condolence, log onto www.vanrensselaerandsonfuneralhome.com Memorial donations may be sent to the Randolph American Legion Post 181, 62 Jamestown Street, Randolph, NY 14772 or to a charity of choice.