TAYLOR—Rodney Lee Hortenstine, 72, died of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) on Monday, March 24, 2014, at his home in Taylor.
Funeral services were held Thursday, March 27, at Providence Funeral Home in Taylor with Rev. Brenda Atkins officiating. Burial was at IOOF Cemetery in Georgetown.
Mr. Hortenstine was born June 11, 1941, in Mattoon, Ill., to Robert and Sue Swearingen Hortenstine.
At the age of 6, the family moved to Amarillo and he graduated from Amarillo High School in 1959.
Mr. Hortenstine was a 1963 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor of arts degree in business.
At the university, he met Kay Lindell of Taylor and they were married on Aug. 10, 1963, at First United Methodist Church in Taylor.
Following graduation, he moved to Amarillo where he was a home builder.
In 1966, Mr. Hortenstine joined the U.S. Navy. He attended flight school, then joined the crew of the USS Donner (LSD 20). The ship participated in training missions, putting Marines ashore in amphibious assaults in the United States and while on deployment to the Mediterranean Ocean. He left the Navy with the rank of lieutenant.
After service, Mr. Hortenstine moved to Taylor and went to work for Babeco, serving the company as executive vice president for 33 years. In addition to his other professional work, he developed the Dalhberg Subdivision in central Taylor.
Mr. Hor tenstine, deeply involved in civic work, was honored as Citizen of the Year in 2000. A member of the Taylor Rotary Club, he was named a Paul Harris Fellow for his contributions and guided the club in support of the Rotary Foundation.
He was a member of the Taylor Planning & Zoning Commission for 20 years, serving as chairman much of that time. He left the commission in 2005 when he was elected to be a member of the Taylor City Council. Mr. Hortenstine served as mayor for three years.
He was a member of Johns Community Hospital Foundation Board before being named to the hospital’s board of trustees, serving until the hospital merged with Scott & White.
Mr. Hortenstine was a member of First United Methodist Church and served on its committees.
After retiring from Babeco, he devoted his time to his ranch, a substantial garden, and his grandchildren.
Survivors are his wife, Kay; a son, David Hortenstine and wife Christy of Taylor; a daughter, Holly Givens and husband Kris of Katy; a sister, Becky Mauck and husband Ken of The Woodlands; and four brothers, Ben Hortenstine and wife Vida, Phillip Hortenstine and wife Pam, Merrill Hortenstine and wife Pat, and Tom Hortenstine, all of Houston; also, five grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Taylor; the Emory Bellard ALS Clinic, Scott & White, 300 University Blvd., Round Rock, TX. 78665; or the charity of your choice.