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Charles Horn

April 2, 1941 — February 16, 2022

Charles Leslie Horn age 80 of Kearney, NE, died February 16, 2022, at Good Samaritan Hospital, Kearney, NE.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 21, 2022, at 10:00 AM at the Oconto Community Center in Oconto with Ken Pitkin officiating.  Burial will be in the Rosehill Cemetery at Callaway. A visitation will be held on Sunday afternoon 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Oconto Community Center.  Govier Brothers Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.  Memorials are suggested to Faith United Methodist in Kearney, Peterson Center in Kearney, Meadow Lark Manor in Kearney, Oconto Fire, or Oconto Methodist Church. An online guestbook may be signed at The services will be livestreamed at  Masks are mandatory at visitation and at the funeral services.

Charles was born on April 2, 1941, in Broken Bow to Leslie and Vera Mae (Voltzke) Horn. He attended Tuckerville School through 8th grade and then graduated from Callaway Public School in 1960.


Charles married Patsy Empfield on November 27, 1960. Charles stayed on the Horn ranch until 2016 after Patsy’s passing. Three children were born to Charles and Patsy; Lori Lee (Horn) Jorgenson, Lane Leslie Horn, and Lana Lynette Horn. Each daughter has two children giving him four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.


Charles loved the ranch, farm life, his family, grandchildren, and many friends. Charles was a member of the ELKS, township board, Oconto UMC then Faith UMC, One Box Shooting Club, and a volunteer on the Oconto Fire Department.


Charles was happy to be in the background helping wherever he could. A lot of families have benefited from his welding creations. By the time he passed, enough people had complimented him on his work that he accepted he was an artist.


The Sculpture Garden in Oconto will long stand as a memorial to Charles. It is fun for his family to see people stopping by to enjoy his creations.


Charles is survived by his daughters, Lori (Horn) Jorgenson and Kent Jorgenson of Elkhorn, NE and Lana Horn of Kearney, NE; four grandchildren, Joel and Kristen Jorgenson of Arvada, CO; Kamille (Jorgenson) and Nick Lee of Westminster, CO; Logan Roepke and Ashley of McCook, NE; and Lorissa Roepke and Scott of Omaha, NE; as well as many nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his wife Patsy, son Lane, chihuahua Jack, his parents Les and Vera Mae Horn, and brother James Horn.

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