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  • William P. “Bill” Horton

  • William P. "Bill" Horton, 86, of Salina, died Tuesday April 5, 2011.  He was born December 19, 1924 in Iola, the son of Benjamin and Thelma (Park) Horton. Bill worked as an electrical engineer and owned and operated the Mid-States Armature Works for 47 years, retiring in 1999.

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  • William P. "Bill" Horton, 86, of Salina, died Tuesday April 5, 2011.  He was born December 19, 1924 in Iola, the son of Benjamin and Thelma (Park) Horton. Bill worked as an electrical engineer and owned and operated the Mid-States Armature Works for 47 years, retiring in 1999. 
    He was a pilot in the U.S. Naval Reserve during W.W.II and retired as commander after 30 years of service.  He served as board member of the Salina Airport Authority, the Asbury Hospital, St. John's Military School, and Kansas Wesleyan University. He was a charter member of the Trinity United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Royal Order of Jesters, the Ancient and Secret Order of Quiet Birdmen, and receipient of the Wright Brothers Award in 2006. He attended Pittsburg State University and graduated from Kansas University with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering.  Bill was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Joseph and Frank Horton.
    Survivors include his wife Wanda Horton of Salina; one son, Bill Horton and wife Margie of Derby; one daughter, Michele Horton of Derby; and two grandchildren, Katie Horton of Wichita and Beth Horton of Derby.
    A memorial service was previously held at the Trinity United Methodist Church, Salina. Private inurnment was held. There will be no visitation, cremation was chosen. Memorial gifts are to the church, 901 Neal, Salina, 67401. Ryan Mortuary is in charge.
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