Loren C. Horton, 95, passed away March 18, 2021, at Meadowbrook in Chetek, Wis., with hospice.
He was born in Minneapolis, Minn., on Dec. 24, 1925, to B.J. and Verna (Vickery) Horton.
The family moved to Chetek in 1930. Loren withdrew from school when he was 14 and began working at Carlson Dairy delivering milk. At 16, he moved to Lake Geneva, Wis., and then to Chicago, Ill., at the age of 17. In August of 1943, Loren enlisted in the US Navy and celebrated his 18th birthday aboard the SS Antonin Dvorak, a Liberty Ship in the South Pacific. During his time in the Navy he was also aboard the SS Stephen Furdek, where he served as an armed guard. In April of 1946, he returned to Chetek where he started dating and soon married the love of his life, Darlene Stanford, on Aug. 21, 1946. In 1947, he went to work at Chetek Boats where he remained for a decade. He then went to work for Norm White as a carpenter for many years before venturing out on his own. Loren and his good friend, Keith Kwallek, built many homes in the Chetek area over the years. He was a very talented woodworker starting the Box Shop where he custom-made shooting boxes, recipe boxes and so much more. Loren enjoyed outdoor activities, including hunting and fishing. He was an active member of a snowmobile club and various black powder groups, including Old Northwest Co., Blue Hills Muzzleloaders and the Northwest Free Trappers, where he would sell the many boxes he made at various rendezvous throughout the Midwest. He remained active until 2009.
Loren is survived by his children, Douglas (Kathy) Horton, of Cumberland, Wis., Duane (Betty) Horton, of Chetek, Joe Horton of Chetek, Linda (Lance) Bailkey, of Rice Lake, Wis., and Raymond (Lisa) Horton, of Chetek; 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Luella Fawley and Virginia Bishop; and wife, Darlene.
Military honors will be held at a later date.
The Burnham-Ours-Kolstad Family Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.