Earl E. Horton, 90, a Northland resident in Kansas City, MO passed away Friday, August 23, 2013 at the St. Luke’s Hospice House in Kansas City. He was born September 3, 1922 in Neosho, MO to Emmett and Mary (Winchester) Horton.
Earl graduated high school in Sanger, California and received a BA in Business Administration from College of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. He was a WWII veteran, serving in the United States Navy, where he ended his career as a Lieutenant JG.
Earl spent the majority of his working years as a hospital administrator at Sutter Memorial, Sacramento, CA; Washoe Medical Center, Reno, NV; French Consulate, San Francisco, CA; and Independence Sanitarium and Hospital, Independence, MO. Earl also served as the President of the Missouri Hospital Association, and American Hospital Association. He spent many years lobbying congress for improved hospital care.
He was also a minister with the RLDS Church (Community of Christ) serving as a High Priest. During his life he served as pastor of the following congregations; the Arcade Congregation in Sacramento, CA; Reno, NV; San Francisco, CA; Novato, CA; and Grain Valley, MO. Some of his ministry included fundraising efforts through the Idola lunch counter at the California State Fair, and serving on the Stake High Council for the former Santa Fe Stake in Independence, MO.
He married Nelda Von Bridges on January 15, 1949 in Sacramento, CA. They are the proud parents of three married children which include Earlynn and John Reiff, Mary Jo and Evan Manuel, and Tom and Kelly Horton. Earlynn’s family includes son Michael and Elsa Reiff and their three children Jon, Lily and Finn; daughter Stacy and Jeremy Bullcoming and their three children Audrey, Hadleigh, and Mason; and daughter Kelly and Brandon Yoder and their three daughters Peyton, Kamryn and Brooklyn. Mary Jo’s family includes son Jeff and Karyn (Wingard) Manuel and their two sons Grayson and Brooks; son Ryan and Christine (Davidson) Manuel; and daughter Jamie and Geoff White. Tom’s family includes daughter Dianne and Oley Denmark and their children Elijah and Makayla; daughter Katelyn and Lance Milligan; and daughter Sydney Horton. Earl is survived by two sisters; Lela Mae Harper and Annie Key; sister-in-law Ethel Bridges; sister-in-law Lynda Bridges; and sister-in-law Helen Horton; along with numerous nieces and nephews. Earl was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers Ken Horton and Windy Horton; and two sisters Irene Thatcher and Lucille Shervem; and two brothers-in-laws LeRoy Bridges and Don Bridges.
Family and friends will gather to celebrate Earl’s life at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at the Riverstone Retirement Community, 9000 N. Congress, Kansas City, MO 64153. Memories of Earl and condolences may be shared with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com. The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville has coordinated many of the arrangements including the donation of Earl’s body for medical research at The University of Kansas Hospital. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to either www.Healthedconnect.org or to Saint Luke’s Home Care and Hospice House at 3516 Summit St., Kansas City, MO 64111.