Lt. Colonel James A. Horn (U.S.M.C. retired) passed away peacefully in his sleep on. March 30, 2019 after a long and fascinating life. Jim was born on Oct. 24, 1923 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Clarence and Edna Horn. He will be best remembered for having lived a life of service to his country and to his community.
While attending Cornell University, Jim enlisted in the Marine Corps on Dec. 8, 1941, the day after Pearl Harbor, and retired as a Lt. Colonel in 1968. He fought in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, having been wounded several times. Unbeknownst to his family, he also served in Naval Intelligence during World War II and joined the CIA when it was created in 1947. He continued with the CIA and Marine Corps until his retirement. After retirement his family heard many fascinating stories and knew there were many more that could never be shared. Jim married Marie Thomas in 1946 and they had 5 children.
After his retirement in 1968, Jim married Nancy Hirsh and began a second career as a cattle farmer in New Jersey. Jim and Nancy had one child. During his time in New Jersey, Jim volunteered for the Red Cross, and as always, his church, but he also ran for local political office, serving as mayor and school board chairman. Nancy and Jim moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado about 1990 where he served in local law enforcement for a few years. Nancy and Jim moved to Green Valley in 1998. Nancy passed away in 2000.
Jim married Jeanne Freedlund on Nov. 8, 2001. They have been members of Our Lady of the Valley Parish where Jim was an active member of the Knights of Columbus and was a Faithful Navigator. Jim and Jeanne enjoyed playing golf, traveling to Santa Fe, Christmas at the Arizona Inn and occasional road trips to visit his and her relatives in California and Oregon. Jim's life was full and he will be greatly missed by Jeanne, his surviving sister Pat Horn, his children (Jim Horn Jr., Christine Telfer, Geoff Horn, John Horn, Bill Horn and Gay Horn), Jeanne's 3 boys, Tim Ellis (deceased), Shawn Ellis and Michael Ellis; 26 grandchildren, and 24 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
A memorial mass will be held on May 7 at Our Lady of the Valley Parish, 505 N. La Canada Drive, Green Valley, at 10 a.m.