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Leo Horner, the son of Fred H. Horner and Celia Arminta (Bates) Horner, was born June 20, 1915, at Rome, Mo., and departed this life April 28, 2005, at the age of 89.
Leo was a resident of Springfield for the past eight years. He was a former resident of the Sandy community in Douglas County where he was a farmer for over 50 years. Leo was a longtime member of the Sandy General Baptist Church and served on the Plainview School Board and the local ASCS board.
On June 26, 1937, Leo and Stella R. Jennings were united in marriage in Santa Ana, Calif., and to the union three children were born. Stella preceded Leo in death in 1990. Also preceding him in death were his parents, three brothers, Eric, Lawrence and Boyd Horner, and a sister, Ora Pennington.
On Feb. 2, 1991, Leo and Rosa M. Cisco were united in marriage in Harrison, Ark.
Leo is survived by Rose; his three children, a daughter, Ruth Smith and husband, Duane, of Ava, and two sons, Alan Horner, Overland Park. Kan., and Steve Horner and wife, Tina, of Olathe, Kan. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Andy Smith and wife, Meg, Allyson, Samantha, Marlana and Kaitlin Horner; one great-grandchild, Paige Smith; a sister, Sybil Hodges, Forsyth; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30, in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, with the Rev. John Comer officiating. Leo is buried beside Stella at Bethel Cemetery, Brown Branch.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.