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Jerry Lowell Horstman

Jerry Lowell Horstman passed away January 27, 2019, at 2:30 A.M. at the Sanctuary Hospice Home in Tupelo, MS. He was born in Muncie, Indiana on August 23, 1931, and his family moved to Lima, Ohio in 1940. He started to South High School but quit in 1949 to join the Navy U.S. Submarine School. He then served on the USS Queenfish Submarine SS393 and served as a cook during the Korean War, stationed in Hawaii. In his free time, he joined a dance class at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio., He still had some lessons left when he finished his tour in the service. He came back to Ohio and he went to the Arthur Murray Dance Studio to finish his lessons and there he met his wife to be. They went together for a month and married April 25, 1953. He was also a councilman at Ft. Shawnee, Ohio where we lived. He worked a few different jobs before getting his main job at SOHO and worked in the Refinery and Chemical Industry in Lima, Ohio. After being there for so many years, the plant had what you call a Bump Down and since he was the last one to get a job, he was bumped down to a job he didn’t like so he got a job at Blytheville, Arkansas until they sold the company to Williams Co. Jerry wanted to stay with Conoco so we then moved to Lake Charles, LA and was there for a few years and he got transferred to Aberdeen, MS as Maintenance Supervisor and worked there until he retired. He then bought 80 acres of land in Hamilton, MS and he and some friends built a two-story log house. When he got tired of just farming and building things, he got a part-time job with Burkhalter Rigging in Columbus, MS until he retired from that. After that, he wanted to travel so he bought a Holiday Rambler and we visited many places in our USA and after a few more years in Hamilton we sold the place and moved back to Aberdeen, close to our church St. Marks United Methodist Church. He still kept busy with helping at the church, helping friends and anyone who needed it. He worked in the yard and had a small garden and built things. We also, at one time, belonged to the Square Dance Class and also the Dulcimer Class in Columbus, MS. He is survived by his wife, Juanita Horstman of Aberdeen and one niece and several nephews in Ohio. He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Frank Horstman, who had been a cop, his mother Mary Alice Crow Horstman, his sister Mary Ellen Nichols and his brother Larry Horstman who had been a fireman.

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