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Herbert Franklin VanHorn

July 20, 1929 — December 10, 2021


H. Franklin VanHorn, 92, of Columbus, formerly of Van Wert, passed away at 8:02 PM on Friday, December 10, 2021 at Grant Medical Center. He was born on July 20, 1929, in American Township, to his late parents, Herbert and Candace (Desenberg) Van Horn.

On September 10, 1950, he married the love of his life, S. Lorene Brentlinger. Together, they shared 57 years of marriage.

A 1947 graduate of Elida High School, Frank was proud to have played on the football team that went undefeated for two years, giving up zero points during one of those seasons. After high school, Frank earned a business degree from Bowling Green State University and worked as a Marketing Supervisor at Standard Oil of Ohio. He retired in 1985

Frank was a longtime member of First United Methodist Church and of the Quarter Century Club of SOHIO. He was also a former member and board member of the Van Wert YMCA and former member of Willow Bend Country Club.

Frank was an avid boater and water skier and enjoyed gardening. He and Lorene loved to travel and had visited all 50 states and several European countries.

Those left to cherish his memory are his children: Keith (Jill) VanHorn of Archbold, OH; Denise (Brad) Hoghe of Gahanna, OH; Brent (Jan) VanHorn of Pickerington, OH; brother, Dick (Jo) VanHorn of Findlay, OH; six grandchildren: Adam VanHorn, Brent VanHorn, Adrienne (Vince) Boswell, Amy Hoghe, Joel (Leslie) VanHorn, Drue (Becky) VanHorn; five great-grandchildren: Philip & Joshua Boswell, Irelyn, Killian & Rowan VanHorn.

In addition to his parents, Frank was preceded in death by his wife, Lorene VanHorn and an infant sister, Ida.

Frank will be laid to rest next to his wife in Woodland Cemetery after a private family ceremony.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Herbert Franklin`s memory may be sent to First United Methodist Church organ fund.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, 722 S Washington Street, Van Wert, OH 45891.
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