Hornburg, Thomas Age 73, of Montgomery, Illinois passed away peacefully on March 23, 2014. Tom was born in Chicago and spent the school year there. Tom and his family spent the summers on the family farm near Lacon, Illinois. His family eventually moved to Aurora when his father, Elmer, was transferred to Western Electric in Montgomery. Tom graduated from East Aurora in 1958 and went to work for Western Electric. He was called to serve in the Army from 1961 until his honorable discharge in 1964 and served as a Sergeant in the Third Infantry Division following the Berlin Crisis. He spoke often of Germany and guarding the Berlin Wall. He returned to Western Electric and attended Aurora University using the G.I. Bill and became a plant engineer until he retired at age 50 in 1990. Tom was a life-long outdoorsman and spent much time hunting, fishing, boating, and riding his Harley Davidson. He traveled the world and went to Europe, China, Guam, Canada, Mexico, and had his jon-boat on both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. He was a proud member of Montgomery V.F.W. Post 7452, Fox Valley Harley Owners Group, The Pioneer Valley Sportsman's Club, and had been a member of The Phoenix Club and Ducks Unlimited, The Telephone Pioneers of America, and had been a board member of the Charles Perdew Museum in Henry, Illinois. Tom built a beautiful second home near Lacon for his family and they spent many days together overlooking the Illinois River and playing with his grandson, Charlie. He was an avid painter and collected and made duck decoys while in Lacon and some of his decoys are on permanent display at the Starved Rock Lock and Dam Visitors Center. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Margaret Hornburg; his brother, Fred; his best friend, Charlie Wilson and his wife, Dorthy Wilson; his great-uncle, Bill Vickers; and one niece, Valerie Dennin. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Patricia (David), and their two sons, David (Jen) and Timothy; his grandson, Charlie Hornburg; as well as his mother-in-law, Vivian Dumont David Buchtler; his sisters, Dorthy Jane Hornburg and Michelle (Phil) Cullen; brother, Howard (Charlene) Hornburg of Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews. Per his wishes he was cremated. A celebration of his life will be held at V.F.W. Post 7452 in Montgomery, Illinois on April 6, 2014 starting at 2:00 p.m. for anyone wishing to attend.
Published in Beacon News on Mar. 30, 2014