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James "Dean" Horn, 86, of Clay City, passed away unexpectedly, Aug. 22, 2017, at his home. He was born in Coal City, on Dec. 25, 1930, the son of Samuel E. Horn and Gladys (Bennell) Horn.
He graduated from Clay City High School. Dean served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. As a civilian, Dean worked as a long haul truck driver for Brumm Distributing, in Hammond, and retired in 1990. Dean and his wife Flora lived in Hammond for many years and returned back to Clay City following Dean's retirement.
Dean was a member of the Clay City Church of Christ, the Clay City Veterans of Foreign Wars for more than 60 years and had served as Post Commander for several years, the Coal City American Legion, and Marine Corps League.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Gladys Horn; his wife, Flora Horn; a son, James Dean Horn II; and three siblings, Marjorie Horn, Dale Horn and Joann Lankford.
Dean is survived by two daughters, Cora Flagg and husband Les of Clay City and Beverly Pettis and husband Tim of Merrillville; grandchildren, Brian Hopman and Patrick Flagg, both of Clay City, Allison Kappes and husband Jeremy and Aaron Pettis and wife Angela, all of Griffith, and Brandon Pettis and wife Jenn of Miller Beach; great-grandchildren, Dexter Kappes, James Pettis, Jacob Pettis, Everly Pettis, and Bailey Pettis; as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family members and friends.
Visitation for Dean will be at Schoppenhorst Funeral Home, 301 E. Eighth St., Clay City, on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Services will follow at the funeral home, Friday, at 1 p.m. with Scott Wiley officiating. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery. To light a candle in his memory, visit:
Published on August 23, 2017
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