Bertram E. Van Horn, Jr. 94, died February 24th, 2012 in Southern Pines, NC. He was the son of Bertram Earl and Mary K. Benner Van Horn. Born in Philadelphia, PA, June 8th, 1917, he graduated from Northeast High School and did further study at Temple University. When WWII broke out he served in Naval Intelligence.
In 1944 he married the late Mabel Watson also of Philadelphia, PA. After the war, they moved to Oreland, PA, where they became active members of the town of Oreland and Springfield Township. Mr. Van Horn spent his entire career in the insurance industry founding his own insurance agency in 1975. Mr. Van Horn was a charter member of the Oreland Lions Club, a Springfield Township Commissioner, the first Treasurer of the Springfield Township Library and he helped start the Springfield Township Watch program. He loved his relationship with St. Philip-in-the Fields Episcopal Church in Oreland.
Mr. Van Horn who had a gift for music, had his own dance band before the war, sang bass, played drums and enjoyed performing in community musical events throughout his life.
Both he and his wife were bridge and golf enthusiasts and were members of the Sandy Run Country Club in Oreland. . He was very proud of his hole-in-one on the 10th hole at Sandy Run. The Van Horns moved from Oreland to the Pinehurst, NC area in 1990 and became members of Whispering Pines Country Club. He particularly enjoyed his time singing with the Village Chapel Choir in Pinehurst, NC.
His ready smile and positive attitude inspired both family and friends.
He is survived by his sons Stephen E. Van Horn (Eliza) of Camden, SC and Alan Van Horn (Paula) of Ambler, PA., five grandchildren, Dr. Stephen E. Van Horn, Jr. (Holley), of Columbia, SC, James W. Van Horn, (Mary Elizabeth) of Camden, SC, Katherine Van Horn Sylvester (Daniel), of Philadelphia, PA, William A. Van Horn, and Jillian C. Van Horn, both of Flourtown, PA., four great grandchildren, Isabel and Ava Van Horn of Columbia, SC and Audrey and Ava Van Horn of Philadelphia. PA, and a sister, Bernice Bille of Ambler, PA.
A memorial service will be held on March 6, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Belle Meade in Southern Pines, NC. The burial will be held at a later date in Oreland, PA. Memorials may be made to St. Philip-in-the-Fields, Handicapped Fund, 317 Oreland Mill Road, in Oreland, PA 19075 or to the Village Chapel Music Fund PO Box 1060, Pinehurst, NC 28370.
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Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines is serving the family.