Glen E. Vanhorn Sr., of Upper Sandusky, died Wednesday, May, 23, 2012 at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, Toledo, from injuries he sustained in a building fire on May 11, 2012. He was 87.
Born Dec. 8, 1924 in Grayson County, Ky., he was a son of Fred Sr. and Doshia (Adkins) Vanhorn, both deceased. He once was married to Myrtle Pryor and she is deceased. He married Jean (Gillespie) Kraus on Feb. 24, 1969 in Folkston, Ga., and she survives.
Also surviving Glen are his children, Glen (Lisa Hawk) Vanhorn Jr., Beverly (Gary) Patterson, Rex (Becki) Vanhorn, Karen Vanhorn, Loren (Karen) Vanhorn, all of Upper Sandusky; and Sharon Seifert, of Carey; a daughter-in-law, Malinda Vanhorn, of Grove City; stepchildren, Teri (Albert) Myers, of Upper Sandusky; Michael (Deb) Kraus, of Grand Prairie, Texas; Amy (Frank) Lemmon, of Versailles; George (Martha) Kraus, of Tiffin; and Joe (Cindy) Kraus, of Upper Sandusky; 28 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren
He was preceded in death by a son, William Vanhorn; stepson Dick Kraus; a grandson, Joshua Kraus; two brothers, Walter Vanhorn and Fred Vanhorn Jr.; and a sister, Ileene Adkins.
Mr. Vanhorn served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He served in the European Theater and was awarded the EAME Service Medal with three Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart.
He farmed and owned Rexlor (Vanhorn) Trucking Company, Carey Plastics, Wyandot Industries and was instrumental in bringing industry to Wyandot County.
Mr. Vanhorn’s memberships included life membership in Carey American Legion No. 344, Carey VFW No. 3759, Charter Life Member of the AMVETS No. 777 in Upper Sandusky and the Upper Sandusky DAV, and a former member of the Wyandot County Mounted Sheriff’s Posse.
For hobbies, he enjoyed fishing on Lake Erie and spending the winter in Florida, where he managed the Charlotte County Speedway. He also loved to visit with people to share stories and a good joke.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lucas-Batton Funeral Home, Upper Sandusky, with the Rev. Wayne Geissinger officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery, Upper Sandusky, with military graveside rites conducted by the Carey Veterans Honor Guard. Visitation will be on from 2-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Vietnam Traveling Wall Foundations World War II Memorial Fund and can be sent to Lucas-Batton Funeral Home, 476 S. Sandusky, Ave., Upper Sandusky OH 43351.