Raymond Bryan Hornberger, 76, of Toyah, won his battle with COPD, Parkinson's Dementia, Diabetes, Afib heart disorder, AMD Blindness, and Authorities on January 19,2015 at Reeves County Hospital in Pecos.
A Celebration of Raymond's Life will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday February 7,2015 at the Toyah United Methodist Church with Dr. James Carroll officiating. This will be a time for sharing the joys in his life and memories of him.
Raymond was born in Pocasset, Ok to Anna Jean and Kenneth Hornberger on June 2,1938. He went to school in Pocasset and then the University of Houston. He married Karen Sutton on December 27,1960 in Pecos. He worked as a diesel mechanic for Winkles Trucks and retired after 20 years in Pecos. He was involved in The United Methodist Church as a trustee and board member, the Volunteers In Mission and took 2 foreign missions and 2 in-state missions, the West Texas and Rio Grande Communities of the Walk to Emmaus, co-pastored the Barstow Presbyterian Church, the Pecos Relay for Life, the Pecos Promenade Square Dancers, the Salvation Army Bell Ringers, the Toyah City Council, the Toyah VFD, and was a staunch supporter of the Pecos Eagles and the PAC swimmers of Pecos.
Raymond was preceded in death by their son, Raymond Milton Hornberger, his parents, H.M. (Vol) and Anna Jean Volentine of Oklahoma City, parents-in-law, Gene and Kay Paterson of Toyah, sister and brother-in-law Donny and Jetty Ann Henderson of Bath, PA, brothers-in law Robert and Dale Sutton, and his niece, Donna Conner.
He is survived by his wife, Karen, daughter, Terri Kaye and husband, Jay Spence of Pecos, grandson, Adrian Spence, god-daughter, Stacie Fowlkes and husband, Shawn, of Pecos. Also surviving are brother- in-law, Melvin D Sutton and wife Sandy of Pecos, Aunt Betty Vandement of Minco, Ok, five nieces and four nephews, fifteen great nieces and nephews, and other aunts and uncles, cousins by-the dozens and a host of dear friends.
Always a team, Raymond and Karen became certified lay speakers and were honored to be co-pastors of the Barstow Presbyterian Church for 5 years; co-chaired the Pecos Relay for Life walks for two years; and were bell ringers for the Salvation Army for several years. He was an avid fan of the West of the Pecos Rodeo, the rodeo parades, the West of the Pecos Museum, and the Old Timers Reunion.
After moving back to west Texas from the Houston area this transplanted "Okie" became a Texan at heart and supported his children by coaching Little League teams and both boys and girls' soccer teams as he supported the state winning Dickinson Gators and the Dickinson Gator Band. He enjoyed his kids and was terrible at discipline - was quick to say "Your Mother wants to talk with you."
A farmer at heart he always had a great yard and flowers until he lost his eyesight. To him, vacation fun was plowing a field all day or helping out with wheat harvest as he recalled "the good ole days" growing up on the farm in Oklahoma.
An avid photographer he became photographer for the family reunions and enjoyed preserving the pictures of the entire family in albums and cassettes year to year until the AMD forced him to turn over
the task to a cousin who picked up the gauntlet. Family reunions were the highlight of the summers and he was happy to drive across the state to attend as many as possible while teaching his children the joy and importance of knowing their aunts, uncles and cousins and sharing time together.
An avid Oiler fan, back in the day, he also loved the Astros and became a Rockhound fan after moving back to west Texas; he even liked the Cowboys but transferred his excitement to the Houston Texans.
His last outing was to join his daughter, son-in-law, grandson and wife in a Midland Rockhound game even though it meant an exhausting day in his wheelchair for a game he couldn't see and could barely hear - he truly enjoyed a family outing for a traditional day of fun and ballpark snacking.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes memorials may be given to the Toyah Senior Center, the church of your choice, Relay for Life, Salvation Army, the West of the Pecos Museum, or the Pecos Nursing Home.
The family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the staff, doctors and nurses of Reeves County Hospital and the Pecos Nursing Home staff for the loving care given to Raymond and the family which was extended without complaint or failure in very trying circumstances, with extra special thanks to Drs. Cerna, Serrano, Vaughn, and Guy for their efficiency, professionalism, and personalized care throughout the extended illnesses.