Billy "Bill" Joe Horne

October 22, 1933November 4, 2018

We lost a good man, our Dad, Bill Horne, went home to his Lord the morning of November 4, 2018, with his wife Joyce by his side. Dad was born in 1933 in Paris, Arkansas. At 14, he talked his mother into allowing him to join the Arkansas National Guard. Just before his unit was deployed to Korea, his true age was discovered and he received an Honorable Discharge; true patriotism!

Most of you will remember Dad best as the manager of the Ojai Safeway store, now Von’s, and the years he owned the O-Hi Frostie in downtown Ojai. Dad was able to retire at a reasonable age and began his hobby of restoring classic Model A cars. He made many friends who shared his passion for the old cars and served as the resident expert in their reconstruction. Dad instilled his strong work ethic and his business sense with his three kids; Mike, Michelle and Eric. He prepared us for adulthood, teaching us to be honest, loyal, and how to change the oil in our cars. Most of all he gave us the confidence to succeed at whatever career path we chose. Later in life he met Joyce, who became his wife and friend.

Those in the neighborhood will miss the tomatoes and oranges Dad grew and sold from the cart in his driveway. They’ll miss being able to drop by and get free advice on anything from sprinkler systems, gardening, engine repair or anything else in Dad’s long list of expertise. We’ll all miss his wry sense of humor and friendship.

As Dad’s health began to fail, Joyce was there every minute to keep his spirits up and tend to his ever increasing needs. She never let his illness get the better of him and could always make him laugh. We have to mention his best buddy, Irv Poff. Dad and Irv met in the early 1980’s while attending the Methodist Church and have been thick as thieves ever since, as southern-born boys will be.

Dad was preceded in death by his parents, Dola and Haywood (Nanny and Pampa) Horne. He is survived by his dear friend and wife, Joyce; children, Mike and wife Vicki Horne, Michelle and husband David Smith, and Eric and wife Stacy Horne; grandchildren, Brandi, Chris, Miranda, Talon, Cami, and JT; great-grandchildren, Averee, Emma and Ehron; brother, Bob Horne; sister, Betty and husband John Freeman.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Road, Ventura. Condolences may be sent to


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Billy "Bill" Joe Horne

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Marsha Vaughan (Books)

November 18, 2018

Your dad lives down the street from me I have lived here 34 years and he was one of the nicest people and quick humor. I remember when he ran the Ojai frostie while I was growing up it was the hang out for so many of us that were in high school. I would stop off and on when he was working in the yard and always enjoyed our chats . He was amazing rebuilding the vintage cars and I would often see people stop by for advice. My husband actually worked for his brother at Ventura city fire . I will miss seeing him and it had been such a long time that I had seen him out in the yard and I know he was having trouble breathing without oxygen. Mike I think u are a few years younger than me but I remember you and your sister. Your dad was a great guy I am so sorry for your loss and the neighborhood will never be the same .