William D. (Bill) Hornig, 73, of Bechtelsville, husband of Lorraine (Adrian) Hornig, died Wednesday, June 12 at Pottstown Hospital Tower Health.
Born in Coldwater, Michigan, he experienced an idyllic childhood at Fish Lake near Walkerton, Indiana. He was the son of the late Walter D. and Muriel (Yuell) Hornig.
Bill served as a weapons specialist in the United States Air Force at Phu Cat Air Force base in Vietnam in 1967-68 followed by service at Homestead Air Force Base, Florida.
Following his military service he was employed as a district manager for Ryder Truck Rental. Looking for a new endeavor, he opened the Solar Wash Laundromat and Linen Service. He was later employed by Bally Ribbon Mills as Sales Manager, retiring in 2013.
Bill was an avid photographer who specialized in flowers, landscapes and stained glass windows. He won several awards for his outstanding photographs.
He is being remembered by family members as an adventurer who routinely took the kids for long walks from his mother-in-law’s hilltop home to a local covered bridge where he taught them to skip stones. Often, he was seen carrying a tired child on his back as he trekked back up the hill. He is remembered for his kind and patient manner and his quiet nature.
His retirement was highlighted by trips to Europe and seven Viking River Cruises.
Surviving with his wife, Lorraine, are two sons, Steven Hornig and companion, Catherine Nellans of Athens, Georgia and Joshua Hornig, husband of Gena, Oley; two step-daughters, Sherry Stauffer, wife of Bruce Bales, Alburtis and Andrea Stauffer, wife of Timothy Boger, Macungie; seven grandchildren, Julieanna, Macee, Bailey and Gunner Hornig and Kristian, Brandie and Anthony Boger; a brother, Todd Hornig, husband of Mary, LaPorte, Indiana, a sister, Katherine Albrecht, wife of Blayne, LaPorte, Indiana; many nieces and nephews and his extended family who thought the world of him. He was predeceased by a brother, Bruce Hornig, wife of Janet, Alamosa, Colorado.
A celebration of Bill’s life will be held at a later date (to be announced).
If desired, donations can be made in his name to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

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