Former Juneau resident Robert William Horton, of Port Orchard, Wash., died Jan. 9, 2010, at Bremerton Naval Hospital. He was 59.
Born Nov. 1, 1950, to William and Martha Horton Sr., he served in the U.S. Navy in Vietnam, achieving rank of engineman third class prior to being medically retired due to service related illness. He was stationed on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. John Hancock.
He was a commercial fisherman with his father and worked alongside him at Red Sam construction.
He enjoyed computers as well as gardening, fishing and hunting. He resided at Retsil veterans home for a few years. He was a double amputee, who truly enjoyed the independence his prosthetic provided him. One of the happiest moments was getting his second prosthetic leg in order to gain his independence. He recently moved out on his own again and he achieved that.
He is survived by his parents, William and Martha Horton Sr.; sisters, Patricia Brandt and husband, Jan, Laverne Stone and husband, Joel, Elizabeth Waters, Doris Kindred and husband, Bruce, and Bertha Horton; brothers, William Horton Jr., Gary Horton, Rick Horton and wife, Bonnie, Jeff Horton and Allan Horton; and many numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life was celebrated on Jan. 18 at Retsil veterans home. The memorial was on Jan. 19 at Rills Life Tribute Center in Port Orchard.
He was buried with full military honors on Jan. 20 at Retsil Veteran Cemetery. TAPS was performed by his nephew James Brandt, of the U.S. Navy, who is the son of Jan Brandt and Patricia Horton-Brandt, of Coos Bay, Ore.