Francis Lewis Horning

December 10, 2012       

WATERTOWN, N.Y.    Francis Lewis Horning, 65, retired United States Army staff sergeant, retired, 65, of Grottoes, passed away Thursday, Dec. 6, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg, Va.

He was born Nov. 2, 1947, in Watertown, a son of the late Chester and Alice Lewis Horning.

Francis is survived by two daughters, Amy Smitherman, and husband, Bill of Grottoes, and Lisa Loudon and husband, Ed, of New York; three brothers, Richard Horning, and wife, Carol, Burbank, Calif., Robert Horning and companion Mary, Watertown, and Johan Horning of the Netherlands; and four grandchildren, Zac and Grayci Smitherman, and Sarah and Joshua Loudon.

Three brothers, Charlie, Mike, and Bill Horning, all died before him.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Reed & Benoit Funeral Home, Inc. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Military burial will be at Cedar Grove Cemetery, Chaumont, following the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the RMH Hahn Cancer Center, 2008 Health Campus Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

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Information provided by Reed & Benoit Funeral Home and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.