Doyce P. Horner passed away on July 29, 2013, at the age of 91 years. He was born as the youngest son to Pearl and E.S "Dick" Horner in Wichita Falls, Texas, on March 14, 1922.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his oldest brother, R.L. Horner.
Doyce is survived by his wife of 64 years, Faye Boyd Horner; and his children, Richard Doyce Horner Sr. and his wife, Paula and Melanie Horner Keyser and her husband, Kenneth. Doyce was the grandfather to Richard Horner Jr. and his wife, Jessika, James Blake Schifferstein and his wife, Jillian, Jennifer Horner McCoy and Barrett Christian Horner. Doyce was blessed with five great-grandchildren: Autumn Renee McCoy, Mikael Anthony McCoy, Richard Doyce Horner III, Robert Carson Horner II and Alexandra Grace Schifferstein. He is also survived by his brother, C.G. (Glen) Horner of Texas City, Texas; and his sister, Marion R. (Genie) Horner Clendenin of Ardmore.
Doyce graduated from Ardmore High School in May of 1941. While attending the University of Oklahoma, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and Doyce immediately ended his college career and joined the Army Air Corp. Sergeant Horner served as an aircraft mechanic for the duration of World War II. After the war, Doyce began what would be a 52-year successful career in the Petroleum Refining Industry centered largely in the greater New Orleans area. During these years, Doyce worked as Senior Management for Ingram Corporation, Murphy Oil Corporation, Marathon Refining and International Processors. His career highlight was the complete responsibility for the construction and the production start-up in the development of the last two petroleum refineries built in the United States. In business dealings, as in life, his handshake was his word.
Doyce was the true quintessential gentleman in every sense. He was a devoted husband and a loving and generous father and grandfather who took great delight in all of his children. He possessed an easy smile and a quick wit. He was a kind and humble man whose deep integrity and simple grace touched all who knew him.
The family wishes to extend a note of gratitude and a very personal thank you to Maureen O'Dwyer, Heidi Gremmeh, Ellie Rivera, Esther Hernandez and Odyssey Hospice for their loving support and care of Doyce.
A Memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home in Boerne, Texas. All family and friends are invited to attend. Doyce will be interred with his family at Hillcrest Cemetery in Ardmore. To leave condolences for the family, please visit www.ebensberger-fisher.com and select the Obituaries tab.
Arrangements with Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home of Boerne, Texas.