OSWEGO, NY – Carl Raymond Van Horn, 87, was reunited with his wife of 67 years, Theresa Van Horn when he passed away peacefully on Tuesday March 25, 2014.
He was born on May 20, 1925, in Bloomdale, Ohio, where everyone knew him as Bud.
He worked as a seaman on the Great Lakes and while his ship, Fontana, was in port at Oswego he met his first and only love, Theresa.
They married six months later on January 26, 1946, at St. Mary’s Church.
Carl worked on farms, waterways and in factories.
He was employed by Oswego Castings as a machinist foreman and retired from Nestles.
His hobbies were carpentry, woodworking, reading, gardening and bowling.
He and Theresa volunteered together at Oswego’s Harborfest and were officers of the Moose Club.
He is remembered as a kind, loving, loyal man with a crooked smile and a twinkle in his eye.
He was never without his trademark snap-front cap and sweet story to share.
Two of his great-grandchildren are named in his honor.
Carl is survived by his little brother, Robert (Doris) Van Horn; two adoring daughters, Teresa Teifke and Holly (Ernest) Perfetti; and a team of his biggest admirers including seven grandchildren, Walter (Sue Ann) Teifke, Jennifer (Jeff) Goodsell, Cynthia Teifke, Matthew(Stacy) Teifke, Darci (Adam) Michalski, Christie (Greg) Williams and Tricia (Anthony) Barone; 14 great-grandchildren, Shelby Goodsell, Savannah Goodsell, Carlee Munger, Carter Munger, Carson Munger, Mattlyn Teifke, Lola Teifke, Adam Michalski Jr., Anna Michalski, Isaac Michalski, Tino Barone, Giovanni Barone, Rocco Barone and Luke Williams.
He was predeceased by his parents, Mary (Spencer) Van Horn and Clarence R. Van Horn; six siblings, Francis, Orely, Bernice, Helen, Mildred and Phyllis; and son-in-law, David Teifke.
Carl’s extended family includes the loving and generous staff on the fourth floor of St. Luke Nursing Home for whom his daughters are forever grateful.
Calling hours will be on Friday from 4-7 p.m. at the Dowdle Funeral Home in Oswego.
Burial services will be private.
If you wish to honor him, the family asks that you spend some time with a loved one, read a bit of a good book and enjoy a nice nap. As that was Carl’s way.