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Edward Eugene Hornsey

May 31, 1937 September 27, 2018
Edward Eugene Hornsey
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Obituary for Edward Eugene Hornsey

Edward Eugene Hornsey, of Rolla, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at the age of 81.
He was born in Potosi, MO on May 31, 1937 to the late Lewis and Dorothy (Martin) Hornsey.
On November 26, 1959 he married Joyce L. Albert and they were later blessed with two sons.

In childhood Eddie, was a studious boy, distracted occasionally by his little brother Jim. He became an Eagle Scout and was selected for the Order of the Arrow an accomplishment he always highly valued. In later life he passed his enthusiasm for scouting on to other young men as an assistant scoutmaster. Beginning in 1958 while in college, he spent three summers as a professional water-skier first with Tommy Bartlett at Wisconsin Dells and later with his traveling show. The next year he skied at Santa Clause Land in Indiana, where he met his future wife, Joyce Albert.

Ed attended the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy on scholarship from the St. Joe Lead company. He attained a Bachelors degree and then married Joyce, a marriage which has lasted 59 years. Ed and Joyce returned to Rolla where he attained a Masters degree in Mining Engineering. Moving to College Park Maryland, he worked briefly for the US Bureau of Mines prior to returning to Missouri School of Mines to complete a PhD.

Ed joined the faculty of the newly renamed University of Missouri-Rolla (later Missouri University of Science and Technology) where he continued as an Associate Professor and Professor Emeritus for the next 51 years, serving a year and a half as Director of Admissions. He was a member of the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers and served as President of the Rolla Chapter from 1976-1977.

Ed was the devoted father of Philip and Neil. He was a reliable parent who balanced supervision with what would now be called “free range parenting”. He was as much an educator at home as in the classroom, and in the pre-Internet world never answered an inquisitive query by one of his children with an admonishment to “look it up” but rather provided detailed and insightful lectures on an endless variety of topics. His example provided his sons with a lifelong love of learning, and instruction, often to excess. Reports that he used his 8mm Bell and Howell movie camera to film his eldest son engaged in various sorts of dare-devil behavior remain unproven.

Ed was also an extremely active member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Parish for the 56 years he lived in Rolla. He served in various capacities, including the Parish Council, the Rolla Knights of Columbus, and helping to select the architect of the renovated Church building, who, interestingly proved to be the son of the original architect. He was a frequent contributor to philanthropic causes of all sorts, but particularly to Catholic charities and missions.

In later years, Ed engaged himself working on and tweaking the home he shared with Joyce for 49 years, tending his roses and other flowers, engaging in woodworking projects, making cedar chests for his granddaughters, and taking long afternoon constitutionals to be barked at by the neighbors’ dogs. On Wednesdays for more than a decade, he would attend an informal luncheon round-table including many veterans of WWII and Korea, which as a lifelong history enthusiast he greatly enjoyed. He and Joyce were also frequent attendees of the Road Scholar’s educational travel trips, having attended 34 programs. In between he offered his unvarnished opinions of the state of politics in the United States.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Elaine Henry.
Ed will be greatly missed by his surviving family which includes his wife of 59 years, Joyce Hornsey, of Rolla; two sons, Philip Hornsey and wife Elizabeth, of Austin, TX, and Neil Hornsey and wife Katie, of Dawsonville, GA; a brother, James Hornsey and wife Ramona, of Ft. Smith, AR; three sisters, Margaret Williams and husband Charles, of Chesterfield, MO, Jeanette Allen and husband Larry of Leawood, KS, and Carmen Grcich and husband Larry, of Mesquite, NV; brother-in-law, Delbert Henry, of Eureka, MO; three grandchildren, Leah, Jana, and Vera Hornsey; nieces, nephews, other extended family members and dear friends.

A funeral Mass for Ed Hornsey will be held at 10 am Monday, October 1, 2018 at the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Rolla. A visitation for family and friends will be held from 5-7 pm Sunday, Sept. 30th at the Null and Son Funeral Home in Rolla.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

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5:00 PM 9/30/2018 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 9/30/2018 7:00:00 PM
Null & Son Funeral Home

1010 Kingshighway
Rolla, MO 65401

Null & Son Funeral Home
1010 Kingshighway Rolla 65401 MO
United States

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10:00 AM 10/1/2018 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 10/1/2018 11:00:00 AM
St. Patrick Catholic Church

17 St. Patrick Lane
Rolla, MO 65401

St. Patrick Catholic Church
17 St. Patrick Lane Rolla 65401 MO
United States

Memorial Contribution

American Cancer Society


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