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HORNICK - Paul Jr., 91, Johnstown, passed away November 16, 2017 at Cambria Care Center, Ebensburg after an extended illness. Born April 13,1926, in Johnstown, son of the late Paul Sr. and Gertrude Hornick. Preceded in death by sisters, Dorothy Glasson, Florence Baker, Ruth Ward; and brother, Dr. Richard Hornick. Survived by brother, Gerry; loving wife of 65 years, Eleanor; sons, Paul and wife Karen, Dave and wife Pat, Mark and wife Suzanne, Jeff, and daughter, Debby Pearce. Also survived by grandchildren Dan and wife Stacy, Emily, William, Nicholas, Luke; and great-grandchildren Daniel and Madelyn. Proudly served in the Army Air Force during World War II as a B-29 Superfortress crew chief. One of his fondest memories was shaking hands with then Chief of Staff General Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1945 beside a B-29 nicknamed the "General Ike." Served in the postwar reserves, and was recalled to active duty during the Korean conflict. Maintained a private pilot's license during the 1950's. Owner of Hornick's Hardware & Sporting Goods store for over sixty years. An avid shooter, Paul and his father won the family trophy at the 1962 Pennsylvania State Trapshooting Championship. Was runner-up in the senior division at the 1992 Grand American Handicap national championship, and compiled a lifetime average of 96.68 out of 100 on 75,000 Amateur Trapshooting Association registered clay targets shot. A life member of the NRA and the Ruffsdale (PA) Gun Club, and past president of the Johnstown Rod & Gun Club. An ardent supporter of sportsmen's and conservation groups on both the national and local levels, including Ducks Unlimited, Trout Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Federation, Daisytown Sportsman's Club, St. Clair Tremont Club, and Quemahoning Trap & Skeet Club. Named 2006 Sportsman of the Year by the Johnstown Sportsmen's Association. Enjoyed bowling for many years at Billow's Park Lanes. A charter member of the West End Lions Club and a member of the Grandview Cemetery Board of Incorporators. A true gentleman and a member of the "Greatest Generation," he was always willing to help those in need, even if it meant giving from what he didn't have. The family sincerely thanks Senior Life in Johnstown and Ebensburg and Cambria Care in Ebensburg for their compassion and care during Paul's illness. At the family's request, there will be no visitation. Arrangements are in care of Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home, Inc., Johnstown. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. Funeral Mass will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday at Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church, Very Rev. Mark S. Begley, VF. Interment, Grandview Cemetery, where Conemaugh Valley Detachment 287 Marine Corp. League Ritual Team will perform military honors.
Published on November 16, 2017
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