William S. Horabin

 

William Horabin

William S. Horabin, 77, a very kind and loving man, found peace in the Lord on June 19, 1999. Bill was born February 14, 1922 in Albuquerque. He received his elementary education in a one-room schoolhouse in McGaffey, New Mexico then later graduated from Albuquerque High School. In 1941, he enlisted in the 200th Coast Artillery Unit and was stationed in Fort Bliss, Texas until he was shipped to the Philippines later that same year. He was captured as a Japanese Prisoner of War on April 9, 1942. Surviving both 26 months of incarceration, as well as the Bataan Death March, he found his way to freedom by escaping prison camp and returning to the United States. He received the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and other distinguished medals for his service in the military. Throughout his life, he remained active in local chapters of the American Ex-Prisoners of War. He married his loving wife, Alma, of 53 years, in 1945, and together they raised three children. After retirement, he and Alma moved to Austin, Texas to be closer to his children and grandchildren. During this period of his life, he was able to enjoy his various interests, including fishing and boating. Bill thrived on sharing his love of the outdoors, as well as his silversmithing talents with his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, of this past year; and by his daughter, Vera ‘Candy’ Montgomery. His family includes his son, William C. Horabin; daughter, Catherine Ullman and son-in-law, William Ullman, all of Austin; grandchildren include Rebekah Hamner of Austin, John Paul Montgomery of Albuquerque, Deborah Horabin and Christopher Horabin, both of Austin, Amy Horabin of Oklahoma City, Peter Ullman and Audrey Ullman, both of Austin. Extended family includes Joe and Anna DeMaggio, numerous nieces, nephews, and special family friend, Lynn Weight Horabin. Interment was in Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery. Those desiring may make contributions to the Capitol City Chapter of the American Ex-Prisoners of War, P.O. Box 57, Bastrop, Texas 78602 or to the Seton Fund, 1201 W. 38th Street, Austin. Services were under the direction of Amey Funeral Home, 7811 Rockwood Lane, Austin, Texas, 512/452-4001.