Donald Eugene Van Horn - Born July 7th, 1930to Rachel &Thomas Van Horn., in Sunbury, Pa.
He was the youngest of ten children - Annie, Alice, Margaret, Elmer, Herman, Ruth, Gertrude, Verna and James. His momalways teased thatshe was going to name him "Surprise" because he came 7 years later.
He got the nickname of Van when he enlisted in the Marine Corp after high school in 1948. He served for 4 years and was inKorea where he was at the landing of Inchon and the burning of Seoul. He always jokedthathe was to bethere foronly one year, buthis"good friend,
Harry, (Harry Truman) said he did such agreat job that he kept him another year. He gained the rank of Staff Sergeant.
After being discharged in 1952 he came to Mascoutah, Ill.because oneof his Marine buddiessaid therewas a lot of work going on at Scot t Air Force Base as they were laying runways on the base. He came down to Ill. and never went backto Troy, exceptto visit his family eachyear.
Van went to college on the G.I.bill and became a bankerwhich he enjoyed untilheretired in 1989.
He marriedJune in1953 and they were married69beautiful years. They have two daughters, Cynthia, andTheresa whowere the prideof his life that he loved so much and they returned their pride and love of him.
He has 6 grandchildren, Christine, Ian, Greg, Ariel Audrey and Bryce, who was born on his birthday.
We spent manyof these birthdays with familyall getting together. We did different locations and the lastone for his 90th Birthdaywas a beautiful home on the beach in Pensacola, Fl. were the family flew in from differentstates.
He has three great grandchildren, Nyobe, Geffrey and Jensen.
He lovedplayinggolf and listening to country musicduring the day and having cocktail parties with all of friends in the evening.
When Iwouldaskedif his team won, he usually, said "I don't know, but we laughed the whole time. " He would tell mewho he played with andwould always, "he is such a nice guy."
He enjoyed allof his friends so much and we talked so often about lucky we were to have had so much fun together with our wonderful family and friends.