Daniel Horton

  • Born: February 26, 1950
  • Died: May 27, 2020
  • Location: Westlake, Ohio

Busch Funeral and Crematory Services

163 Avon Belden Road
Avon Lake, OH 44012

Tel. (440) 933-3202

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Father, Grandfather, Brother, Friend

On Wednesday, May 27th, 2020, Daniel Leland Horton, passed away at the age of 70. Dan was born on February 26th, 1950 to the late Harold and Rose (Gelmas)Horton. Harold and Rose raised Dan along with his 5 brothers and sisters (Jim, Chuck, Phyllis, Roseann and Joyce) in the West Park neighborhood of Cleveland, OH. Following his graduation from John Marshall High School in 1968, Dan began his cabinet maker apprenticeship at Nagele Manufacturing. He remained at Nagele until his retirement, working in all facets of the architectural millworking industry.

Dan had a deep appreciation for both the natural and built environment. He was a craftsman and loved to draw, design and build. These interests were most evident in his woodworking, which was not only his profession, but one of his most beloved pastimes. Whether working alone on rocking horses for his sons or collaborating with others on the restoration of Severance Hall, his passion for wood and woodworking was ever-present. Equally important was his deep appreciation for nature. His interest in trees and his fascination with Lake Erie kept him outdoors and near the water. His summers were spent on his boat, Amazing Grace, in Vermillion, where friends and family would often visit him. He also frequently visited the Bradstreet Fishing Pier in Rocky River and the Cleveland Metroparks throughout the seasons.

Dan loved to spend time with his family. He enjoyed bike rides with his sons, a tradition which continued into their adult years. He also enjoyed working with his sons on their own personal projects, allowing him to pass down the knowledge he had gained over the years. He relished his newfound role as a grandfather, or "Papa H" as his grandchildren would call him. Dan loved playing with his grandkids, watching them grow and develop into young children. He was often up for the challenge of babysitting and loved to show off the pictures he took of his grandkids to family and friends. He was also always there to lend a helping hand to friends and family and welcomed a challenging project. He has touched so many lives and will be missed by so many people.

He is survived by his loving children David Horton (Jean Barton) of Austin, TX and Michael (Joanne) Horton of Cleveland, OH; sisters Roseann (Charles) Cookson, Phyllis (Richard) Jicha, brother Chuck (Suzie) Horton, brother-in-law Jeff Rudy; and cherished grandchildren Lukas, Mae and William, all of whom will miss him dearly. He is preceded in death by parents Harold and Rose Horton, brother Jim (Rosemary) Horton, and sister Joyce Rudy.

Private Services. A Public Memorial Service for Dan will be held and for more information about Dan's life and future updates about his memorial service, visit: www.daniellelandhorton.com. Busch Funeral Home and Crematory Services are honored to serve the Horton family. Complete funeral information and updates at: www.buschcares.com

Condolence & Memory Journal

In summer you could often find him enjoying a day soaking up the sun on Lake Erie.

Posted by Rita Wallace - Mansfield, OH   June 19, 2020

Dan with his coworkers at Nagele Manufacturing.

Posted by Rita Wallace - Mansfield, OH   June 19, 2020

I had the privilege of getting to know Dan through his sister Roseann. Her memories of her brother Dan include his love of the lake and water. Dan enjoyed walks and spending time with his sister talking usually twice a week. These walks and talks will be greatly missed as well as his smile. His kindness and love of his sons and sister will be memories that will live in their hearts forever.

Posted by Lisa Lehman - Friend   June 15, 2020

Our deepest sympathy and condolences to Dans sons, daughters-in-law, and beloved grandchildren. We also express great sympathy to Dans sister and true blessing, Roseann, and her husband Chuck, our dear friends. It is lovely to see photos and read stories of Dans life and learn more about him, his activities, and interests truly a life well-lived. May Dans great love for you - his family - remain in your hearts and remind you of how special you are. May the hope of Life Eternal give you peace and remind you that you WILL meet again!

Posted by Nancy and Vince Fiamingo - Friend   June 14, 2020

I remember our times on Christmas Eve at Rosi and Chas' house. Many years Dan came and brought his sons. We sang Christmas songs and laughed a lot. Dan was my favorite sibling of Rosi's because he was so kind and fun to be with. He never judged others. He was a rare individual.

Posted by Margaret Meissner - Family   June 14, 2020

Posted by Rita Wallace - Mansfield   June 13, 2020

Posted by Rita Wallace - Mansfield, OH   June 13, 2020

With deepest sympathy to David, Michael & Dans surviving siblings, especially Roseanne whom I have known 8+ years. I know how close she felt to Dan from their telephone talks, to lunches together & family gatherings. My prayers are with you all during these difficult times. And I hope that your memories of Dan will comfort you in your loss. With sympathy.

Posted by Sandy Oster - Friend   June 13, 2020

It has been so nice reading about his wonderful love filled life! I love the name of his boat- Amazing Grace! That says it all! Love and sympathies to all!!!! The Stahls

Posted by The Stahl family - Family   June 13, 2020

What a wonderful man! Although I never had the privilege of meeting Dan, after reading his obituary, seeing the family pictures, I sure wish I could have known him. I am a fried of his sister, Roseann, and I cant imagine the great loss for her & all of Dans family! I lost my brother 2 1/2 yrs ago, and know what it is like to lose a sibling.
I had to smile & felt a certain kinship with Dan when I read about his love of nature & of trees. I love trees too, especially this time of year when on full bloom. May Dan now know the fullness of live reflected so beautifully in the experience of nature & creation here. My sympathy & prayers are with all in Dans family. Hold on to those precious memories!
Sister Pat Sylvester, SND

Posted by Sr Pat Sylvester, SND - Friend   June 13, 2020

Posted by Roseann Cookson - Sister   June 11, 2020

Posted by Roseann Cookson - Sister   June 11, 2020

Posted by Roseann Cookson - Sister   June 11, 2020

Posted by Roseann Cookson - Sister   June 11, 2020

Posted by Roseann Cookson - Sister   June 11, 2020

Dan was a great brother and more importantly a great friend. Our love of nature was a special bond that I will always treasure. Dan loved the water and so do I. We spent many summer afternoons at Romps Marina in Vermilion watching the water, cooking out and enjoying the beautiful northeast Ohio summers. We would meet at Eddies Boat dock in the metro parks and walk and enjoy the scenery. Dan loved trees and would always quiz me to see if I knew which trees were which. This must have been the woodworker in him. In turn, I would ask him questions about the birds which led him to refer to me as the bird lady, an endearing term that I will now never forget. When we lived in Buffalo, Dan traveled to our house and spent may Christmas holidays with our family. I will always remember going to church, singing Christmas Carols and just spending time together. Many times, our mom Rose would also be visiting us at Christmas and this would make it a very nice family holiday. The tradition continued when we returned to Cleveland in 2006 and often times would also include visits from Dave and Mike. What great memories! Everyone has childhood memories and I think the one that I will remember the most is the nickname that Dan made up for me when I was young, one that he continued to call me throughout my life and that Is Zan. I will miss you Dan, our walks, our visits and most importantly our friendship.

Love, Your sister Roseann (Zan)

Posted by Roseann Cookson - Family   June 11, 2020

My deepest sympathy to the Horton family.

Posted by Ken Blech    June 11, 2020

David and Michael....I have never met you. I am the mother of your cousin, Don Horton. I have known your Father for almost 60 years. The Horton family and Ferenc family lived several blocks from eachother. One family with seven siblings, the other 6. We were all very close in age, and grew up together sharing many happy times and memories. Your Father was unique, gifted and exceptional. I am so very sorry for your tremendous loss. May you take comfort in the arms of family and friends.

Posted by Nancy Ferenc Ignatow - Delta, CO - Family   June 09, 2020

danny introduced me to my now husband of 46 years. i got to talk with danny about 8 years ago. we laughed and talked about high school, about kids and kids having kids. he had an unmistakable laugh. he walked like john wayne. danny was a good guy. my condolences to the Horton family. janet and ken golinski

Posted by janet golinski - roseville, CA - Friend   June 08, 2020

Daniel is related to me through my father, Charles Krakora, through Ema Horton.
We submit our sympathy to his family.

Posted by Carol and Ray Kowalka - Berea, OH - Father   June 07, 2020

Childhood memories of Dan & I laughing & playing hide & seek are precious to me. It doesn't seem so long ago that family gatherings were frequent & time with the cousins was an anticipated treat. My heart goes out to the family. The loss of Dan is difficult for all. God Bless you & give you strength & peace. Dan, you will be missed.

Posted by Christine - Family   June 07, 2020

Family Album

Community Photos

From his days at Nagele Manufacturing. Joe Balint was one of his coworkers and he talked of often.
Dan with his coworkers at Nagele Manufacturing.
In summer you could often find him enjoying a day soaking up the sun on Lake Erie.