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Homer J. Bornhorst
  • Homer & Mary Lou Bornhorst Family Scholarship Fund
    100 South Main St.
    Sidney, OH 45365

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“I always remember his pleasant smile and a special kind of chuckle laugh that would fill the room when he experienced either something really funny,...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Sr. Angela Ann Zukowski - Dayton, OH

“Jo, Thinking of You .... Linda ”
2 of 12 | Posted by: Linda Schultheis - dayton, OH

“Our sympathy goes out to the family of this wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
3 of 12 | Posted by: Alan Poeppelman and family - CO

“My Heart and Prayers go to you Mary Jo and your beautiful family. God Bless You .... Linda Schultheis and family ”
4 of 12 | Posted by: Linda Schultheis - Dayton, OH

“Kay, you and your entire family remain in our prayers. We love you! ”
5 of 12 | Posted by: Larry and Brenda James - Dallas, TX

“Don, My deepest sympathy to you and your family at the loss of your father, let it be remembered that you will see him soon when you all are reunited...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Will Watkins - Tipp City, OH

“On Behalf of the staff of Sidney Cardiology our deepest sympathy to Mary Jo and your entire family. We had the priviledge of taking care or Homer...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Elaine Pack Sidney Cardiology - OH

“We extend our deepest condolences to the families in this time of grief. As friends of Mary Jo, John and I had the opportunity to meet her Dad, Homer...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Karen Forristal & John Dixon - OH

“One reflection that stands out about Homer was his inventiveness and skills. If I am recalling correctly, he had taken an old car and created a low...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Clement Borchers - Ashland, MA

“Homer was a civic treasure of the Fort Loramie area. I was proud to be his friend. ”
10 of 12 | Posted by: Dave Ross - Fort Loramie, OH

“May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always. ”
11 of 12 | Posted by: American Heart Association

“So sorry about your Dad. You are in our thoughts. ”
12 of 12 | Posted by: Stefanie Ginger


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Homer Joseph Bornhorst, 89, of Ft. Loramie, Ohio, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 13, 2013. Homer, one of 12 children, was born on February 10, 1924 in Anna, Ohio, to Louis and Rose Bornhorst, both deceased. He attended McCartyville High School. In December 1944, Homer enlisted in the United States Merchant Marine, serving on various tankers through the end of World War II. He received an Honorable Discharge from the United States Coast Guard for his wartime service and a Discharge from Active Duty from the United States Merchant Marine in December 1946. For the next few years he worked at various jobs in and around Sidney and Dayton, Ohio, and also met the love of his life, Mary Lou Borchers of Ft. Loramie. He was drafted into the United States Army in 1949 and served as part of the Army of Occupation at Kokura, Kyshu, Japan. On February 15, 1950, Homer was voluntarily separated from active service, returning to Ohio and continuing his service in the Army Reserve. He received an Honorary Discharge from the Army on February 15, 1955.
On May 22, 1951 Homer was married to Mary Lou Borchers, who preceded him in death on August 5, 2012. Since the time of their marriage, Homer and Mary Lou were major contributors to the civic and church life of Ft. Loramie and were widely known for their untiring work for St. Michaels Catholic Church, their steady support of friends and family in times of need, and their dashing moves on dance floors from the Caribbean to Honolulu. Homer devoted his life to his wife, his children, his community and his parish, where he served in various capacities, including as a leader of Diocese-wide discussions on a variety of topics, a teacher of marriage preparation classes, a long-time member of the Adult Choir and the Funeral Choir, a Eucharistic Minister and server, a collection counter and, in his capacity as a member of the St. Michael Cemetery Board, a primary caretaker of the St. Michael cemeteries.
After Homer returned from Japan, he took a job with Robert B. Oldham of Sidney, Ohio, with whom he worked and built multiple structures in the area for 30 years. In 1961 he started a chicken farm and successfully operated it until 1992. Homer worked as a lathe operator for Wayne Trail Technologies, Inc. from 1979 until his retirement in 1989. He had a lifelong devotion to woodworking and was a skilled craftsman, which led him to design and build many lovely projects for family, friends, and the Church. Homer believed that most, if not all, of life's problems could be resolved with wood, masking tape and Google. He built the first home for his young family, then completely remodeled and built an addition to his farm home, and later crafted all of the millwork, including many custom furniture pieces, for his retirement home in Ft. Loramie. Homer was a long-time member of the local chapter of Kiwanis International and in 2008 helped form the Ft. Loramie Community Service Club. In 1995, he served as a Grand Marshal in the Liberty Days celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the end of World War II. He was a regular and decorated donor to the Community Blood Center. Homer pursued the sport of golf with passion and intermittent joy.
Homer's greatest joy and passion, however, were his best friend, Mary Lou, and their four sons, two daughters and their spouses, all of whom survive him: Theodore J. and Laurie (Hanner) Bornhorst of Houghton, Michigan; Richard J. and Stephanie (Hertenstein) Bornhorst of Findlay, Ohio; Mary Jo A. and Rhondale Haynes of Springboro, Ohio; William J. and Ann (Dugan) Bornhorst of Roswell, Georgia; Katherine A. and Kevin Thomason of Dallas, Texas; and Donald J. Bornhorst of Sidney, Ohio. He also took great pride and pleasure in the rest of his family and is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 5 of his 11 siblings: Norma Bensman, Lester Bornhorst, Urban Bornhorst, Eileen Borchers, and Adella Brown and is survived by his siblings: Ralph Bornhorst of Sidney, Ohio, Martha Borchers of Newport, Ohio, Paul Bornhorst of Anna, Ohio, Verona Poeppelman of New Bremen, Ohio, Dorothy Combs of West Union, Ohio and Raymond Bornhorst of Anna, Ohio.
One of Homer's granddaughters appropriately dubbed him "Born Doing," and Homer made a remarkable and memorable life out of "doing," always with a bright smile on his face and a joke in his back pocket. His memory will be cherished, and he will be deeply missed. The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to The Community Foundation of Shelby County—Homer and Mary Lou Bornhorst Family Scholarship Fund benefiting Ft. Loramie High School students (100 South Main Avenue, Sidney, Ohio 45365) or the American Heart Association. Visitation is Wednesday, July 17, 2013 from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Thursday, July 18, 2013 from 9:00 am to 10:00 am at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster, Ohio with a funeral Mass on Thursday, July 18, 2013 starting at 10:30 am at St. Michaels Catholic Church, Ft. Loramie, Ohio. Burial will take place in St. Michael Cemetery. Condolences may be made at www.hogenkampfh.com