Arthur V. Bornn Sr.

October 7, 1915April 15, 2014
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Arthur Victor Bornn Sr., born October 7, 1915, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at the age of 98.

Dad was born in Mexico City to the late Monroe and Carmen Bornn. At the age of 8, he moved to New York and resided in Brooklyn until he joined the Army Air Corps. His grandchildren loved listening to his stories about baseball during this time and his passion for the New York Yankees. Art spent more than 25 years of his life serving his country. A career military flight engineer, he served in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. His military career started in 1939 when he joined the Army National Guard, later enlisting in the newly-formed United States Air Force. Art served in many historical endeavors, such as Operation Vittles – the code name for the Berlin airlift. He was a flight engineer on a C-54 troop carrier that flew supplies from Frankfurt to Templehoff in Berlin during Russia’s supply blockade of Berlin. Dad received his pilot’s license at North Beach airport now known as LaGuardia in New York. Art’s love of flying continued through the years after his military career, enjoying afternoon flights out of Victoria Regional Airport with his sons.

Dad was preceded in death by his wife Irene, son Art Jr., daughter Geraldine Bornn and grandson Stephen Riley. He is survived by his children, Roy Bornn of Victoria, Gloria (Tim Riley) Bornn of Houston, Emma Bornn of Lancaster, California, Kitty (John) Srubar of Corpus Christi, Joanie (Floyd) Kerr of Joplin, Missouri and Tommy (Rosalinda) Bornn of Victoria; grandchildren Chris (Lauren) Srubar of Houston, Sarah Srubar of Midland, Jennifer Flowers of California, Karen (Joey) Donaldson of Houston, Stuart Riley of Houston, Cristina (Joe) Gallegos of Goliad, Paul Angerstein of Gonzalez, Texas, Dawn Bornn of California, Joseph Bornn of Oklahoma, Jozette Bornn of Oklahoma and great grandchildren, who all love their great grandpa very much, Heaven, Haley, and Joey Donaldson, Luvanda and Allyson Bornn, Victor, Houston, Luke and Ireland Riley, Darrian Hall, Joe E. Gallegos, Kaitlyn and Isaac Vannice and Victoria Crivet. A veteran, devout Christian, loving husband, and caring father, Daddio will be dearly missed by everyone who knew and loved him.

A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 pm followed by a rosary to be recited at 7 pm on Monday, April 21, 2014 at Colonial Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will be held 10:00 am, Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Dominic Antwi-Boasiako and Deacon Jim Koenig officiating. Entombment will follow at Resurrection Mausoleum with full military honors provided by the Victoria County Veterans Council. Pallbearers will be Roy Bornn, John Srubar, Tim Riley, Stuart Riley, Paul Angerstein, Chris Srubar and Joey Donaldson. The family would like to thank Accolade Home Hospice, especially Rose, Marie, Johnna and Lisa. Memorials may be made to Accolade Hospice.

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  • Visitation Monday, April 21, 2014
  • Rosary Monday, April 21, 2014
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Arthur V. Bornn Sr.

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Gloria Riley

May 12, 2015

Love you daddio, I really miss you and wish I was sitting by you listening to your great stories.

Gloria Bornn Riley

May 11, 2014

I love you daddio and miss you greatly, my tears will flow strongly. You have done so much for me with my lost of my son and your grandson. ............Goodnight and never goodbye.

Karen Donaldson

April 29, 2014

You're a fascinating man! I'm glad I had the opportunity to spend the time I did with you, to hear the wonderful stories you loved to share about your youth and love of planes. Unfortunately I wish I would have gotten the opportunity to fly with you, maybe in the next life grandpa. We all love ya!

April 22, 2014

Take comfort in knowing all of you did a wonderful job in caring for your dad. You have another special guardian angel watching over you all. Johnna RN

Grateful American

April 22, 2014

A life well lived! If there were more men today that shared his three loves "God" "Family" "Country" we would be better off. His year's of military service did not go in vain because of his sacrifices many American's still are indebted to him and all Veteran's today! God Bless the Bornn Family

Emma Gonzalez

April 22, 2014

You're a great man. I'm glad to have known you. Say hello to Stephen for me

Jozett Odame (Bornn)

April 21, 2014

I wish I would have gotten to spend time with you. The memories I do have of you are all sweet and loving and I cherish them. To my family in Texas, I am so sorry. You all did a fantastic job of looking after him. I'm so thankful he was never alone. Peace to you all.

Sarah Srubar

April 21, 2014

Grandpa, I love you so much. It will be hard seeing you today but I know you are in grandma's arms again. Gerry and Art are probably driving you crazy right now. Haha. I will cherish all the memories. I have so much respect for you. Love you always.

Gloria Riley

April 21, 2014

Daddio, I love you so very much, you have made my life so much more easier in light of loosing Stephen.Take care of my little one who as well love and respect you.??

April 21, 2014

Will miss you every day!