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OBITUARY

William Olney Horrell

August 8, 1922November 12, 2021

William Olney Horrell, 99 of Lake Wales, Florida. William O. (Bill) Horrell died peacefully in the company of family at Water’s Edge in Lake Wales on November 12, 2021. Bill was born August 8, 1922 in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Olney W. and Zola (Eikenberry) Horrell. Bill married his high school sweetheart, Diana (Dee) Abe on January 18, 1945 and they shared life together in Dayton (OH), Clear Lake (IN) and the Lake Wales area until her death in 1994. He was the proud father of his son, Jack E. Horrell, and his daughter, Deanna Horrell.

Bill loved golf and played the game into his 90’s. He was Dayton City High School Champion in 1939, representing Fairview. He graduated from Duke University (Class of 1944) and was a member of Phi Delta Theta. Bill served his country in World War II from 1942-1946 as First Lt. in the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps. Bill was a CPA and also was General Manager for Penny Motors in Dayton for many years. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Lake Wales, Antioch Shrine and the Masons for over 50 years.

Clear Lake (IN) was a special place for Bill and his family for over 70 years. In addition to golf, Bill enjoyed sailing, painting, boating, bridge and other card games, and later in life, celebrated beautiful sunsets with a glass of Chardonnay. He was kind, thoughtful and generous to his many friends and to his family.

Surviving are his son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Karen Horrell, daughter and son-in-law, Deanna Horrell and David Miller; 4 grandchildren, Holley Horrell (Craig McDonnell), P. J. (Cassie) Stockert, Jack (Emily) Stockert, Will (Nicky) Stockert; 8 great-grandchildren, Juniper, Calvin, Adelaide, Hazel, Palmer, Miles and Wiley Stockert and Aoife McDonnell; special friend, Theresa Huston; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Max and Koneta Schneider; and several nephews and nieces. Bill was preceded in death by his sister, Sally, and her husband, Howard Kahlenbeck.

A celebration of Bill’s life will be held at Clear Lake next summer. Interment will be at Clear Lake Lutheran Cemetery. If desired, memorials may be made to Clear Lake Township Land Conservancy, 111 Gecowets Drive, Fremont, IN. 46737.

Funeral services provided by Johnson-Nelson-Gill Funeral Home, Lake Wales (863) 676-1431 and Beams Funeral Home, Fremont, Indiana (260) 495-2915.

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