151 South Hwy 17-92 Longwood, Florida 32750

Donald James Horning

Donald James Horning

December 16, 1945 ~ February 06, 2021

You left us all beautiful memories, your love is still our guide. Although we cannot see you, you’re forever by our sides.

Donald James Horning, 75, of Longwood, Florida passed away February 6, 2021.

Donald was born December 16, 1945 in Pottsville, Pennsylvania where he grew up and attended school. He worked
with his father building cabinets as a young adult which lead to the beginning of his carpenter work starting in Pennsylvania.
He was also foreman at Phoenix Fire Company #2 Ladder 21 in his hometown where he qualified to drive the back of the truck where most found it hard to pass the qualification test. In 1965 he enlisted in the Armed Forces, Army Branch and was on the 57th original Dust Off Medivac as a medic where he incurred a gunshot wound in August of 1966 and received a Purple Heart among various air awards and medals with an Honorable discharge in 1968.

Donald moved to California for a brief period then to Florida in the Tampa area before making Longwood his permanent home where he remained until his time of death. He was a State Licensed Contractor currently partnered with John Kruszeski/ownership and V.P. of United Construction and Design, Inc. with 50 plus years in Longwood, Florida.

Those that knew him loved him for his loving, caring nature, always putting others first and taking them under his wing. He went above and beyond the duties of a contractor. Even years after a job was done you could always count on him if you called him as he would have the old file, paint colors, etc. as to why the back of the office looks like it does today. (Had to add that little footnote honey, you kind of left a mess but we got it.)

Donald is survived by his wife, Cheri, of 36 years and fur baby companion Tucker (Mr. “T”).
Daughters Tracy (Terry Wayne), Terri, Son Chad (Jessie), Grandchildren Baylee, Dawson, Banner, Caleb, Brody, Wade and great grandson Uriah.
3 sisters Peggy, Linda and Karen
2 Brothers Billy and Tim
Stepfather Poppa Basil
Nieces, nephews and other extended family members.
Preceded in death by his Mother Elizabeth, Father David, Brother Robert and Brother Richard.

A special family memorial will be held at a later time due to the unfortunate circumstances of Covid.


Katy Galarza

February 15, 2021, 6:57 pm

Don was a great man and wonderful neighbor. We are sending love and strength to his family. Love, the Galarza Family

Carolyn Lyell

February 15, 2021, 7:01 pm

Cheri my heart is broken for you. I feel your pain and heavy heart. I am so very sorry for the loss of your precious Don. So young. Keeping you every day in my prayers. Sending you love and big hugs. Carolyn Lyell. ❤️

Alan Lee

February 15, 2021, 7:53 pm

Cheri, my heart and prayers go out to you. I just cannot imagine the grief you must feel. Just know that Don is now at Peace, resting with Our Lord. Beverly and I are here for whatever purpose you may need.

Karon Denman

February 15, 2021, 10:00 pm

We are so sorry for your loss. May God bless you and the family. And I pray time will help heal your broken heart. With warmest regards, Karon & Erik Denman

Beth Seibert

February 15, 2021, 11:53 pm

Cheri I am so sorry for your loss. His kind, giving heart was what allowed me to meet him. I will never forget that. If you need anything at all, please don’t hesitate to call me. Prayers to you and your family. Love, Beth

Linda Bowling

February 18, 2021, 3:33 pm

A beautiful tribute to the love of your life, Cheri. You and your family are still in my prayers. Love you, my friend! ❤️❤️

TJ and Joyce Mehl

February 19, 2021, 12:27 am

To be his friends was such a blessing. The one word that comes to us when we think of him is HONORABLE. Cheri, may the Lord continue to cradle you through this loss. TJ and Joyce Mehl

Christine L BUEHLER

February 19, 2021, 3:21 pm

So very sorry for you and your family’s loss. Don was such a nice guy – loved his family and his puppy. He will be missed. Sincerely, Christine Buehler

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