Ralph E. 'Pooch' Hornecker

Ralph E. "Pooch" Hornecker

Sep 13, 1926 - Sep 13, 2010
Funeral services for Ralph E. "Pooch" Hornecker of rural Lander are at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 17, at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Lander. A viewing will be Thursday evening from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the church and one hour preceding the service on Friday, Pastor Fred Schroeder officiates.

Interment will be in the Hornecker Family Cemetery with military honors by the Wyoming Army National Guard.

Mr. Hornecker died at his home on Monday morning, Sept. 13, 2010. He was 84.

Ralph Edward Hornecker was born in Lander on Sept. 13, 1926, the son of John Martin Hornecker and Mary Jeanette (Doane) Hornecker. He was graduated from Fremont County Vocational High School in Lander.

He was of the Lutheran faith and a member of Bethel Lutheran Church.

Mr. Hornecker was a military veteran Honorably Discharged from the National Guard as Corporal with Co “A” 115th Tank Battalion (Heavy) Wyoming National Guard and the Armored Calvary. He served two terms from 1947 – 1950 and 1950 – 1953. He served as a Squad Leader and Tank Commander.

On Jan. 1, 1957, he married Minetta Clara (Beneke) Hawkinson in Casper.

He was a life-long resident of rural Lander and a rancher who worked at U.S. Steel for 22 years.

His family said Mr. Hornecker enjoyed his family and especially his grand and great grandchildren, anything outdoors, storytelling, reading, and discussing politics.

Survivors include his wife, Minetta Hornecker of Lander; two sons, Fred Hawkinson and his wife Jean of Gillette and James Hornecker and his wife Leah of Lander; daughters, Joyce McPherson and husband Gene of Lander, Bonnie Rizor and husband Roger of Lander, Linda Myers and Doug Blanchard of Lander, Susan Silva and husband Aaron of Montrose, Colo.; 15 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren and one great great grandson; a brother Donald Hornecker and his wife Shirley of Lander; sisters, Jean Irvine of Lander, Betty Matheson of Lander, and Marietta Twitchell and husband Anciel of Fort Washakie.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother; an infant son, Kenneth Dean; two grandsons, Aaron Myers and Aaron Silva; three brothers, Albert, Jack, and Kenneth “Kink”; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Memorials may be made to the Bethel Lutheran Church or the Little Wind Hospice, in care of the Davis Funeral Home, 2203 West Main, Riverton, WY 82501.

On-line obituaries are available and condolences for the family may be made at: theDavisFuneralHome.com

Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.