Jon Horning 1938-2024

Former Willmar Wrestling Coach

Horning was the head wrestling coach at Pierre, SD, from 1966 to 1973, interim head wrestling coach at Northern State in 1974, and head wrestling coach at Willmar High from 1975-1981. He also coached baseball, football, and tennis while at Willmar.

Jon Horning Obituary

Jon Horning, 86, of Willmar, died Friday, May 17, 2024, at Copperleaf Senior Living in Willmar.

His Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 24, at the Church of St. Mary in Willmar and will be streamed at https://www.ourlivingwater.org/jonhorning.html. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be 4:00-6:00 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at the church and will continue one hour prior to the service on Friday. Arrangements are with Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar, www.hafh.org.

Jon Lee Horning was born March 24, 1938, in Watertown, South Dakota, the son of Ross and Harriet (Meaghan) Horning. He grew up in Watertown, attending Immaculate Conception Catholic School before graduating from St. Thomas Academy in St. Paul in 1956. He then attended South Dakota State University, where he played football and baseball, and earned his degree in 1961.

On August 20, 1960, he married Theresa “Terry” Lamster in Pierre, SD. Eight children: Jon D., Jill, Erin, Tony, Lee, Hans, Hayley, and Dena, were born to their marriage. Jon embarked on a fulfilling career in education, beginning in Brooten, Minnesota, before furthering his studies at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he earned his Master’s Degree in Education. He then taught in Pierre and Aberdeen, South Dakota, before settling in Willmar, where he taught at Willmar Senior High School and coached football, tennis, baseball, and wrestling. He retired in 2001 after a 39-year career in teaching.

Jon was a member of the Church of St. Mary. He volunteered with the Willmar Baseball Boosters, Willmar Community Foundation, and the Barn Theatre, where he shared his talents acting and playing the piano. He enjoyed playing tennis, racquetball, golfing, and attending his kids’ and grandkids’ games and performances. He also enjoyed dancing and tap danced with three of his siblings as “The Four J’s.” Jon loved going to LuLu Beans for a white chocolate mocha and always loved family gatherings, especially planning family reunions. He was happiest when others were having fun and being entertained.

He is survived by seven children: Jill (Pat) McIntee of Randolph, MN, Erin Stuefen of Northfield, MN, Tony (Amy) Horning of Chanhassen, MN, Lee (Michelle) Horning of Big Sky, MT, Hans (Kim) Horning of Avon, MN, Hayley (Jeremy) Shibley of Burnsville, MN, and Dena Horning of Willmar, MN; and a daughter-in-law: Cathy (Glenn) Bangen of Spicer, MN; sixteen grandchildren: Zachary (Amanda) Horning, Tyler (Trisha) Horning, Matthew (Savannah ) Horning, Ryan (Alexa) Horning, Heather (Cole) Christopher, P.J. (Kelly) McIntee, Nick (Sydney) McIntee, Maggie Horning, Shae Horning, Ivy Hicks, Fiona Horning, Ella Horning, Trey Shibley, Peyton Shibley, Maddy Oehrlein, and Sam Oehrlein; and ten great-grandchildren: Hudson and Hadley Horning, Tate and Teague Horning, Axel Horning, Oaklee and Myla Horning, Everett and Lucy McIntee, and Breklyn McIntee. Also surviving are two sisters: Mary Jean Turtle of Mankato, MN and Julie Horning (Jerry Richmond) of Bradenton, FL; a sister-in-law: Rita Horning of Coos Bay, OR; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife: Terry in March 2024; a son: Jon D. Horning in 2005; a son-in-law: Mark Stuefen in 2013; and six brothers: Ross, Jim, Dick, Bill, Jerry, and Joey.

The Horning family would like to thank the staff at Copperleaf Senior Living and St. Croix Hospice for their loving care of both Terry and Jon.

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