Richard H. Horne
March 28, 1944 - December 27, 2015
Service Date: January 6, 2016
A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Autumn Green Funeral Home, 47 Oak St., in Alfred, with Pastor Jack Daniels, officiating. Immediately following the service you may visit with Richard's family until 12:30 p.m.
Richard H. Horne, 71, a longtime resident of Pine Street in Springvale, died unexpectedly on December 27, 2015 at his home.
Richard was born in Wolfeboro, NH on March 28, 1944 the son of Harold B. and Concelia A. (Provencher) Horne. Richard was raised on the family farm in Acton and graduated from high school before he enlisted into the United States Army, serving with distinction from 1965 – 1967, followed by serving in the Army Reserves until 1971.
Richard worked in the local shoe shops and textile mills before following his passion; working with wood, making beautiful furniture, custom cabinets, decks and homes. He could “see” the finished product before he embarked on a project. Richard’s work ethic and the craftsmanship of his work did not require any advertisements in the paper, the detail and quality of his work spoke volumes. Richard married his sweetheart, Anita Carpenter on December 15, 1967 in Alfred and they were blessed with three children.
Richard could be known to be a “character” of sorts – he loved to visit with people and enjoyed a good joke or story. His children remember their Dad as being patient yet firm. When he did speak, they knew they’d better pay attention! Together as a family they enjoyed camping, fishing and visiting with relatives in beautiful Rangeley. The simple pleasures of life made Richard happy and content. Each day he would venture up to the family farm to visit his folks or head out towards the acres and acres of blueberries in the field. His freezer was always full of berries that would be shared with family and friends. It was well known that Richard had a green thumb for growing vegetables; he would often digest several seed catalogs and begin his seedlings in February.
Richard was devoted to his family and was a beloved Grampa to his grandchildren. Richard was Anita’s solid rock to lean upon and loving father to his children. He will be dearly missed.
Richard is survived by his wife, Anita Horne and by his three children, David A. Horne and Vickie; JoAnn L. Donahue and husband John; and Katrina M. Carter and husband Jeff; his three grandchildren, Keegan, Lily and Mia; and three nephews and one niece.
A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Autumn Green Funeral Home, 47 Oak St., in Alfred followed by military honors and committal prayers. You are invited to visit with Richard’s family until 12:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or the USO (United Service Organizations) PO Box 96860, Washington, DC 20077.
The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements.