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In Memory of

Raymond Lester Horn

December 24, 1929 - August 15, 2016

Obituary


A Life Well Lived.

On Christmas Eve, 1929, Raymond Lester Horn made his debut in his aunt's home in Olympia, WA.His parents were Lester Raymond Horn and Lydia Ethel May Martin Horn, who always reminded him that he was her best Christmas present ever. He and his younger brother, Bob, enjoyed sliding down the roof and shooting darts at each other from across the stairs. He spent his early years in Fife, WA, and then his family moved to Portland, OR. He received the award for the highest GPA during his freshman year out...

A Life Well Lived.

On Christmas Eve, 1929, Raymond Lester Horn made his debut in his aunt's home in Olympia, WA.His parents were Lester Raymond Horn and Lydia Ethel May Martin Horn, who always reminded him that he was her best Christmas present ever. He and his younger brother, Bob, enjoyed sliding down the roof and shooting darts at each other from across the stairs. He spent his early years in Fife, WA, and then his family moved to Portland, OR. He received the award for the highest GPA during his freshman year out of hundreds of students. His parents stopped after 8th & 10th grade, but had always encouraged him to go to college. A neighbor once told him he should be a lawyer so he headed off to the University of Washington.

He would say, "College gave me three degrees (BBA, JD Law, & MBA) and a wife, and the wife was the best part. It's a good thing I caught her when I did since I couldn't catch her now. It took me 3 ½ years to convince her to marry me." He married his beautiful wife, Elizabeth Kefauver, on September 7, 1956. After almost 60 years of marriage, he would still introduce her as "his favorite wife," and say that he couldn't remember the others. Once he met her, he never dated anyone else.

He served in the Army ROTC at college, was called to active duty in the Korean War, and sold his car. Two days before deployment, the war ended and his call was revoked. He served the remainder of his time in the reserves. He worked as a tax accountant in Seattle, then moved his family to Chicago, Dallas, Palos Verdes, La Jolla, and finally to Phoenix where he was the partner for Deloitte. He excelled in his work for 30 years, then began 33 years of retirement at 55.

In 1963, Vicki came along. He would bounce her on his shoulder until she fell asleep and would refer to her as his "favorite daughter" since she was his only child! He always wanted the next generation to go farther than he had gone and believed that she could.
He started going to church in college, even though he was not raised in church. In his forties, he began to understand who Jesus is and gave his life to Him. In 1994, he became "Poppie" with the birth of his granddaughters, Corinne and Grace, and his grandson, Jonathan. With each visit or call, he beamed from ear to ear.

He served in Kiwanis and Rotary. Many have told the family that he's the most generous man they have ever known. We are discovering stories we never knew and how his generosity has changed people's lives. Truly, his life has started a chain reaction that will affect generations to come. We are blessed to have known him.

He's in a better place with no more pain and so much joy. We look forward to seeing you on the other side. Enjoy your time with Jesus and keep cheering us on. We need your encouragement and love you so much!

We need your encouragement and love you so much.

Thank you for taking the time to read about a very special man who means the world to us.

We would love to hear stories of how he affected your life. Many times he didn't talk about what he did & it means so much to hear the legacy he has left.

Please feel free to leave a story or a message on the electronic guestbook...and please carry on the chain reaction in the lives of those you have the opportunity to touch. Each of us only has one life to live. Let's live it well here and in eternity.

Also, if you would like to connect with me through Facebook or want to find out more about what it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus both now and in eternity, please message me (Vicki Negvesky) through Facebook.




Arrangements under the direction of Acacia Memorial Park & Funeral Home, Seattle, Washington.