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Robert Horner

Robert C. Horner, 72, of Slatington, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 4, 2020 surrounded by love after a long and courageous battle with colon cancer.   He was the husband of Kathy (Hough) Horner.  Born on August 20, 1947 in Allentown, he was the son of the late Charles M and Elaine V. (Millan) Horner.   Bob served his country honorably as a member of the US Army during the Vietnam War from November 1966-November 1968.  In 1973, Bob began working for Northwestern Lehigh School District as a middle school teacher, he retired in 2007.   During his time there, he was an assistant football and track & field coach.   He was a member of St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, Emerald, the American Legion Post 16, Slatington, and was an avid golfer.

In addition to his wife Kathy, he is survived by a step-daughter: Melissa Maiellano and her fiancé Josef Taviv; step-granddaughter: Ahava Taviv; brother: Thomas Horner and wife Susan; Aunt: Mary Rothrock; many nieces, nephews & cousins.  He was pre-deceased by a brother Larry Horner.

Although services at Harding Funeral Home will be private, family and friends are invited to WATCH Live at 11AM Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at www.facebook.com/hardingfuneral/

Donation’s in Bob’s memory can be made to either St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 7860 Center St, Emerald PA 18080 or Lehigh Valley Hospice, 2024 Lehigh St, #100, Allentown PA 18103

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Praying for your peace and strength in this unbelievably difficult time.

Michelle, Jenna, and Toby Koch Apr 8 2020 12:00 AM

Such a gentle beautiful soul, who came into my aunt Kathys life. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Kathy, a beautiful , positive gentle soul, who will carry on with the life you and Bob created. Be well, and safe , always carrying  with you the Love you shared with Bob !  With deepest condolences, Love, Joe

Joe Hough Apr 8 2020 12:00 AM

Coach Horner will always be remembered for his smile, positivity and love for life.  He was always positive and bright.  He held the most level head of all of our coaches on the staff and added a great balance in the locker room.We used to have summer football practice and during our training stations we would talk about horse racing and betting.  His station was down ups, after Coach Smith's Monkey Rolls and before coach Mitchell's ropes.  Getting him off track would give us a breather from the drills.  :-)Will always have a spot in my heart for him.  Rest in Peace,Geoff Mosebach

Geoff Mosebach Apr 8 2020 12:00 AM

Coach Horner will be missed by many!  He made a huge impact on generations of young people on the athletic fields of Northwestern High School.  I remember he always betting me a milkshake at Hamm's that I couldn't do something.  I don't think I ever won a bet.  Maybe he was an expert gambler and he definitely made really good bets!  That smile and positive energy always propped us all up though the toughest times.  Miss you coach!  Thank you for all you gave to so many, and for your service to our great nation!

John Galdieri NHS '92 Apr 8 2020 12:00 AM

Bob was a gentle soul...kind, caring, easy going, self-effacing, unpretentious, non-judgmental. He fought cancer for eight years with dignity and grace. He will be deeply missed by so many.

Bonnie Smoyer Apr 7 2020 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with Kathy and Bob's family. We will miss seeing his smiley face at church.Kathy, we are so sorry  to hear of his passing. We are sending our love at this time.David and Brenda Dailey and Kathy Weiss ❤️❤️❤️ߙϰߙϰߙ

Kathy Weiss Apr 7 2020 12:00 AM

Mr Horner was my 6th grade teacher and my high school track coach at Northwestern. He was an amazing person and coach. Coaches have such a profound impact on your life and I will be forever grateful and thankful that he my coach.  I will never forget him. In life, as a teenager, he made such a positive impact. Coach Horner, thank you for all those morning runs in the summer to help.prepare me for season and for always believing in me.  I was truly blessed. Rest in Peace.

Tara Smith Apr 6 2020 12:00 AM

Thanks, Coach.

Scott Barkman Apr 6 2020 12:00 AM

Coach Horner was a sweet and wonderful man.  I had only a short amount of time with him as my track coach, but he was always so encouraging and a joy to run for.  Rest in peace, Coach.

Lindsay Kerr Apr 6 2020 12:00 AM

Godspeed Coach Horner...RIP.

Ken Benyo Apr 5 2020 12:00 AM

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