Kenneth L. Van Horn

February 22, 1936 ‒ April 10, 2015

Johnsville, Ohio

JOHNSVILLE: Kenneth L. Van Horn, age 79, passed away April 9, 2015 at his home, surrounded by his family, following a five year battle with cancer.

He was born February 22, 1936 in Belmont County, Ohio to the late Herman (Jim) and Frances (Carpenter) Van Horn. He was a graduate of Chesterville High School. He served our country in the Army and was stationed in Germany.

He met his wife, Lois E. Craven, who survives, at a square dance in Johnsville, Ohio and they were married on January 4, 1958 and enjoyed over 57 years together.

He was employed at General Motors for nearly 50 years and worked in the MD department, having retired in 2006.

Kenneth was the charter fire chief for 10 years of the Perry Congress Joint Fire Department and served on the founding members committee.  He was a 50 year member of the Johnsville Runabouts Farm Bureau council and a former Grange member.  He served on the Consolidated Electric board, was an AARP member, and a 4-H volunteer for the Johnsville Jolly Farmers and Farmerettes club, helping with swine and farming projects.

He enjoyed playing the lottery, scratch-off tickets and going to the casinos.  His favorite author was Louis L’Amour and he read every one of his books he could get a hold of. A lover of the outdoors he went on many deer hunts with his brothers, friends, sons, grandsons and Justin Smith. He enjoyed fishing and cast many a line in several lakes and ponds. Farming was his favorite time to enjoy the outdoors. Nothing pleased him more than being on his tractor, planting his crops and watching them grow. His favorite time of year was harvest time and he especially enjoyed riding around the farm on his Big Country. He had great fun attending his grandchildren’s and great grandchildren’s sporting events, school programs, birthday parties and weddings. He and Lois enjoyed traveling, his favorite places being Pennsylvania to visit friends, the Jennings’, Myrtle Beach, Maine, Vermont, and many states out west.  He loved to play the harmonica and liked to square dance.  Listening to country music and doing word find puzzles got him through his illness.

He is survived by his wife, Lois and four children; Dale (Angela) Van Horn, Karen (Paul) Hershberger, Dean (Peggie) Van Horn all of rural Bellville and Duane (Pam) Van Horn of Fredericktown; grandchildren Jacob, Briana and Lindsay Van Horn, step grandson Jason (Jessie) Hazen, Jeanette (Nathan) Kincaid, Michael (Crystal) Hershberger, Justin (Sara) Hershberger, Ashley (Justin) Smith, Jessica (John) Teaters, step granddaughters Emily (Bryan) Bosse and Bridget Myers, great grandchildren Jillian and Jaycee Hazen, Julianne, Amanda, Isaac and Kasey Kincaid, Brayden, Griffin, Molly and Kentlee (named after Kenneth Lee) Hershberger, Emma and Josie Smith, Savannah, Isabella and Vanden Bosse, and Auburn and Evan Basye; sisters Jane (Jim) Plogher of Chesterville and Patricia (Eddie) Carpenter of Bellville, sisters-in-law Donna Van Horn, Bellville, Sherri Van Horn, Mt. Gilead, Lil Van Horn, Cardington and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Edward (Jim), John, Gene, and Tom Van Horn.  His father and mother-in-law Ralph and Margaret Craven also preceded him.

The Van Horn family will receive friends Sunday, April 12, 2015 from 2 to 7 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where his funeral service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. Mark Peterson, Chaplain of the Perry Congress Joint Fire Department will lead the service and the Johnsville Volunteer Fire Department will bear their fallen brother to Shauck Cemetery atop a fire engine. Military honors will be coordinated with active duty US Army personnel assisted by VFW Post 8054 AMVETS Post 87 Honor Guard.

Contributions in Kenneth’s memory to Johnsville Firefighter’s Association may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Van Horn family. Send them a message of support and sympathy, or watch Kenneth’s tribute video at:

  • I have so many found memories of Uncle Kenny. He had a good sense of humor, and I always felt at ease when around him. He will surely be missed. My deepest condolences to the family.

  • Uncle Kenny sure will miss you we had a lot of fun going on our field trips down south rest in peace and my deepest sympathy to all the family

  • Our deepest sympathy to the entire VanHorn Family , we are so sorry for your loss. Kenny will be missed, what a good husband, dad, grandfather & friend. Our prayers go out to all of you.

  • So saddened to hear of your loss. Losing a dad is so difficult no matter your age. Praying for strength for all of you to get through these initial days of grief. His life is a legacy that will live on in each of you. Honor him by speaking frequently of all the wonderful times you had with him. It will help so much in your time of grief to keep him alive in your hearts.

  • Praying for peace & comfort for all of you during this time. May you find strength in the love of those around you. God Bless you all.

  • Thank you for all you’ve done. I remember the fishing. Thanks for being my 4 h advisor. And for being Chief when I worked on EMS. So many memories Rest in peace. I’m sure there was ice cream when you got to heaven.

  • I loved to see him smile. He would get a twinkle in his eyes. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed. ” They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31.

  • Our family sends special thoughts and prayers to each one of you. My God surround you with peace and comfort that only He can give during your difficult time. God gives us memories to always hold on to. So thankful for those.
    The Snow Family.
    Bruce & Robin
    Andy, Candice & Lillian Litteral

  • Dean & Family. Sorry to hear of Kenny’s passing. He will be missed by friends and others who were blessed to know him.