Richard A. Horzen
Richard A. Horzen
  • May 28, 1944 - May 13, 2017
  • Calimesa, California

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On May 13, 2017, Richard "Dickie" Horzen had a heart attack and was taken to eternal rest. Dick was born in Fontana, California and remained living there until 2016, when he and his wife moved to Calimesa. He attended Cal Poly Pomona, where he played baseball for the college and held billiard titles before being drafted to the US Army in 1966. Dick proudly served in the United States Army from 1966¬1972, where he also played baseball. He returned to Cal Poly after his military service to finish his degree. An athlete, through and through, Dick was also offered a tryout with the National Football League, Rams organization, in April 1973. He married Cynthia Klimas in 1972 and they raised 3 children, 2 girls and a boy in Fontana. Cynthia and Dick would spend the next 45 years together.
Dick took work at the Kaiser Steele Plant in his early years where he learned skills he would call upon the rest of his life. His work there was fruitful, but he made a career as an auditor and accountant for the county of San Bernardino before retiring in 2008. Known for the permanent smile on his face and character antics, Dick made friends with everyone he encountered. He was quick to offer small jobs around his property to those in need and taught his children the value of a dollar and working for what you have. He was invariably patient and would regularly try to make you laugh when you were feeling down or frustrated about something- even when you were a small child and in trouble for being "up to no-good."
Dick had an affection for cars from an early age and over the course of his lifetime had a collection of classic cars in the garage. He loved buying and selling cars, but the most alluring part for him was the negotiation. No price was ever too low to offer. Getting a good deal was the part of the exchange that Dick was most proud of.
The father of 3 was an active member of the K.S.K.J (American Slovenian Catholic Union) local lodge #253. He ran BINGO there every Monday night during most of his adult life and bar-tended and ran the dances on Saturday nights. The lodge also hosted picnics a few times a year that Dick actively organized, prepped the grounds for, and worked the day-of.
As a father and husband, he was selfless. He provided for his family without ever thinking of his own desires. He taught his children to think for themselves, always offering advice and options for solutions to their problems, but never solving the problem directly for them. Dick could be depended on for anything asked of him. He loved his wife, children, and grandchildren without conditions.
His faith in God was unwavering and a pillar in his life. Dick turned to God for guidance and instilled the importance of faith in his children throughout their lives. His steadfast devotion to the Lord remains an example for those who survive him.
Dick was a loyal friend, husband, father, and grandfather. He was loved by many and will be greatly missed, but certainly not forgotten. May he rest in peace in paradise with the Lord.

Arrangements under the direction of Weaver Hughes Mortuary, Yucaipa, CA.