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Edward Robert Horton

August 10, 1931 - May 17, 2018

Edward Robert Horton Edward Robert Horton
  • Private
  • June 30, 2018 | 2:00 P.M.
  • Saint Andrews Episcopal Church
    1125 Franklin
    Downers Grove, Illinois
  • Burial Location

Edward Robert Horton age 86, died May 17, 2018 in Geneva, IL. He was born in Crawfordsville, IN on August 10, 1931. He graduated in 1949 from Jacksonville High School, Jacksonville, IL and in 1953 graduated from Illinois College and married Charlotte Dietz (class of 53).

He entered the Navy where he served for 20 years as a nuclear weapons officer and research physicist. In 1969 he became an ordained minister and served as a Deacon in the Episcopal and Anglican Churches for 43 years. In 1973 he retired from the Navy, joined Wycliffe Bible Translators and went to Papua New Guinea Where he was an International missionary high school teacher and administrator for the next 26 years. In 1999 he and Charlotte returned to the United States. Charlotte passed away in 2000 and in 2001 he married a widow, Mary Potter Frame, also from Jacksonville.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents, Prof. George and Leah Horton, Sr. and his brother, Prof. George W. (Bill) Horton, Jr.

He is survived by his wife Mary, daughter Ann (Merle) Busenitz, son Tim (Vonnie) Horton and stepdaughters Jamie (Jim) Konz, Jennifer (Tom) Boers and Susan Cole. He enjoyed his eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

There will be a Memorial Service at Saint Andrews Episcopal Church in Downers Grove, IL, on June 30, 2018, at 2:00 P.M.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wycliffe Bible Translators, Orlando, FL (for Papua, New Guinea Employee’s Children’s Education Fund), Illinois College, Jacksonville, IL (for the George W. Horton Sr. Prize in Physics) Saint Charles Episcopal Church, or Saint Andrew Episcopal Church.

To leave an online condolence for the family, visit the funeral home’s obituary page at For more information, please call Yurs Funeral Home of St. Charles, 630-584-0060.



Wes & LeeAnn Reed from Spokane, WA

"We have such wonderful memories of Ed and the life that he lived for our Lord. He has been an encouragement to us for years, and we feel honored to have known him. We will always remember his dedication to God, to family, and to helping others. We will also remember his wonderful sense of humor, his wide variety of gifts and talents, and his inspiring humility in all areas of his life. For those of you who will continue life here, for a time, without him...may you be aware of our Lord's comfort, peace, and joy."

Julie Erin Lawless from West Des Moines, IA

"Ann & family,Please accept my deepest condolences and prayers on the loss of your father. I know you will miss him so much. I only wish I could tell you in person. Much love, always, your sister in Jesus, Erin"

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