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Robert Horsfall


Robert E. “Bob” Horsfall, 88, of Storm Lake, passed away on Aug. 6, 2012.

He was born on Jan. 20, 1924, in Worthington, Minn. He graduated from high schol in Little Rock in 1941. He was a Navy veteran of WWII with active duty in the South Pacific as an aviation torpedo man and also participated on the Navy basketball team.

He recieved his B.A. degree in 1949 in education after coursework at Cornell and Morningside colleges where he recieved all conference honors in basketball at both schools.

He married Donna Wilken of Rock Rapids on Aug. 4, 1949.

He spent five years as a teacher and coach in Durant and graudated from the University of Iowa in 1954 with a Master’s Degree in school administration. He spent 33 years as a superintendent of schools in Calamus, West Liberty, Perry, Area VI Community Colleges and the last 19 years with the Webster City Schools, retiring in 1987. He was involved in many professional organizations both in Iowa and nationally.

He and his wife moved to Florida in 1989, dividing time between there and their cottage at West Lake Okoboji. Upon the death of his wife of 55 years in 2005, he moved to Storm Lake to be closer to family.

He is survived by his children Lori (Mike) Porsch of Storm Lake, Kari Kirchner of Lexington, Ky. and Jan (Susan) Horsfall of Colorado Springs, Co., grandchildren Jacob, Alyssa and Nathan Porsch, Jennifer and Christopher Kirchner and Hunter, Britta, Lane, Finn and Blaise Horsfall.

He is also survived by his sisters Marjorie Uzzo of Sibley and Mildred Landon of Atlanta, various nieces and nephews and honorary daughter Adele Barnett of Fielding, New Zealand.

He was preceded in death by his wife and infant twin sons Jon and Joel.

A memorial service was held on Aug. 9, 2012, at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Storm Lake. Interment took place at Florida Natinoal Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Bushnell, Fla.

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