April 14, 1952 – January 7, 2013
Volney Eugene Horton Jr. or “Gene” as he was known by family and friends, passed from this earth January 7, 2013 to his heavenly home where he was greeted by his father and sister. He died from a cancerous brain tumor that was discovered shortly before Christmas. Gene was born on April 14, 1952 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was preceded in death by his sister, Ann Horton Crow and farther Volney Horton. Gene is survived by his son Phillip Horton & wife Nikki, grandchildren Phoenix and Phoebe of Browns of Browns Mills, NJ., mother Hazel Horton; sister Mary Splawn & husband Mark; nieces Rebecca Smith, Rachel Hale, Allison Daugherty, and nephew Christopher Daugherty. Gene was a track star in high school and this began his love for running. He worked mainly in retail selling athletic shoes. He continued to run everyday as a way of life and in races. Being a Type 1 diabetic since the age of 19, he eventually used his running to aid in the fight for a cure for juvenile Diabetes. In the summer of 1985 he started on his 1,100 mile run across Oklahoma to raise funds for the Central Oklahoma chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. He hoped that his run across the state would bring awareness of the disease and give hope to young juvenile diabetics that anything they want to achieve is possible by taking care of themselves through physical fitness, good nutrition, and taking insulin shots properly. A loving father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, Gene will be greatly missed by all. A Memorial Service will be held Sat. Jan. 12, 2013 at Guardian West Chapel at 11:00 a.m. to celebrate his life.
- Memorial Service Saturday, January 12, 2013
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Nancy Forget Young
October 23, 2013
I am saddened to hear of his death. We met at N. W. Classen's 20th reunion. He was a very nice, sweet, gentle man. He will be missed very much. I was trying to locate him and get in touch with him when I found this obituary of his on facebook. I'm sad to hear of his death but I know he's with the Lord!
Pamela Kay Rosenberg
February 4, 2013
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Angela Horton Whitley
January 15, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. May God give you strength and peace to endure and may He fill your hearts and minds with countless happy memories of love and laughter until you meet again.
Debbie and Randy Schmitzer
January 13, 2013
May Gene's journey of his life and awesome smile be a memory imprinted on your hearts always...May God's peace, and comfort be wrapped around all of you during this difficult time. Another angel has joined the everlasting race, may he always run the streets of gold. Our prayers for the Horton family.
January 13, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. So very saddened by this loss.
January 12, 2013
Gene and I were both runners at N. W. classen although we were several years apart. It was a pleasure to work with Gene in 1993 when we put the Rex Irwin memorial banquet together. Gene was a runner at heart, he loved everything about it. He was Northwest's best distance runner ever, named by his coach in 1976. A man who was always humble, and a pleasure to be around. Gene made this earth a better place. Blessings to the family, Ken Vrooman
Linda Rosenberg Dobson
January 12, 2013
I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. Gene's family home was next door to mine and I remember growing up with the Horton's, such a nice family. As the years passed Gene was always friendly and happy, it was nice to see him. My best to you and especially, Hazel.
January 11, 2013
I met Gene in Spring '86. We had been in the same singles group though he was done when I joined it. As I was getting deeper into swimming and he into running, our two growing athletic passions became one of our common bonds. I found him friendly, witty and a ready beaming smile that reminded me of John Denver making him easy to like. He introduced me to Joe Walsh and enjoyed the lyrics and guitar work of the song "Life's Been Good to Me So Far" He was supportive and complimentry of my swimming efforts. We got together for some movies, lunches and also attended a Moody Blues concert around his birthday in 1990.
My heart goes out to his family for the loss of a real gem of a person. He had a very good heart as a kind caring man. I greatly hope the pain and grief of loss will change to warm memories in time.
David & Jackie Elk