Peter John HornAugust 18, 1938 ~ December 26, 2017 (age 79)
Peter John Horn was born on August 18, 1938 to Julia (Beckett) Horn and John Horn in Indiana Harbor, Indiana, the 5th of 6 children. His father died when he was 4 years old and his mother when Pete was just starting high school in Valparaiso, IN, where their mother had taken her 2 youngest boys to be raised on the family farm. Consequently, Pete and his brother, Paul, moved to Aurora, IN which was a small town located on the banks of the Ohio River where his maternal Aunt Alma took care of the boys and saw them through their teen years, which likely would have been the envy of Huck Finn! Pete attended Indiana University, majoring in pre-med. He had lost an eye in a childhood accident so his desire to be a physician likely came out of that very difficult time. He was a member of SAE fraternity and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Always an avid student of medicine he graduated from Indiana University Medical School in 1963 with top honors and a member of Alpha Omega Alpha. He then completed an internship at St. Luke’s Community Hospital in Spokane, served in the Air Force for 2 years in the downtown Armed Forces Examining Station, and then completed a Radiology residency at Sacred Heart Medical Center in 1970. The following is a letter he sent to his Aurora High school classmates in 2006, requested in celebration of their classes’ 50 year Anniversary of graduation (1956).
This is a great idea and a very nice way to say “hello”. I joined the Aurora Class of ’56 four weeks into our freshman year; and I have always been so grateful for being so quickly accepted and I want to thank you all. From H.S., I went on to I.U. for an M.D. and then a stint in the Air Force (Viet Nam time), followed by a residency in Radiology. Lea and I had been in Spokane for 5 years at this point so I joined with other radiologists and the radiology practice that we developed became a large imaging business with now 75 doctors and @800 staff. These have been very exciting years with the beginnings of nuclear medicine, ultrasound, Ct and finally M.R.I. imaging. I just retired June 30th after 37 years with Inland Imaging. Lea and I were married April 15, l961 and celebrated our 45th anniversary with our children and their families on Maui. Our daughter is an attorney and she and her husband have 3 boys. Our son is an orthopedic hand surgeon and he and his wife have 3 daughters! In the enclosed picture, our son is next to Lea and our daughter is next to me—taken in Hawaii at our anniversary celebration. The Pacific Northwest has been good to Lea and me. I have gotten all the hunting and fishing I dreamed of and we both love to ski and have a small ski condo 11/2 hours away in northern Idaho. Hey, I’m still water skiing (will never forget those days on the Ohio River!) at our lake place north of town. We both love to golf—but are glad we don’t have to make a living at that—we’d starve!! Where do I go from here? I just want to continue doing what I am doing now and hope for good health and good times with family and friends.
Pete, after a long battle with severely disabling dementia , is survived by his loving wife, Lea, brother, Paul (Barbara), daughter, Julie Olds (Michael), son, Paul (Maureen) and is preceded in death by his parents, and Aunt Alma (Booher) and Uncle Lance and 4 older brothers and sisters. He was so happily entertained by and enjoyed his grandchildren: Daniel, Steven and David Olds and Claire, Charlotte and Kathleen Horn. He has many nephews and nieces as well. Please contribute any donations in memory of Pete to the Union Gospel Mission, 1224 E.Trent Ave,Spokane, WA 99202.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 11AM at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 505 W St. Thomas More Way. Online condolences and memories may be posted at www.hennesseyfuneralhomes.com.