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JAMES (JIM) HORBELT James (Jim) Edward Horbelt, 90, of Boulder City, passed away peacefully April 2, 2017. He was born July 24, 1926 in Quincy, Ill., son of the late Roman and Julia (Goehl) Horbelt. He graduated from Notre Dame in Quincy. He joined the US Navy in 1944 where he proudly served his country during World War II. Jim married Betty Buckner on Sept. 11, 1948. They moved to Clayton and Mt. Sterling, Ill. where he opened a plumbing & heating business before moving to Cheyenne, Wyo. in 1956. He worked for Frontier Plumbing & Heating for 20 years and US Engineering for 10 years before retiring to Nev. in 1986. He was an active member of the American Legion, lifetime member of the Elks Club, KC's, Local #192 and the Cheyenne Sherriff's Posse. He rode his horse in the Cheyenne Frontier Days parades every year, plus out of town parades, including the Rose Bowl. Amazingly Jim lived 30 years in Ill., 30 years in Wyo., and 30 years in Nev. He had a long and happy life doing what he liked to do. He loved spending time with his family and friends, traveling in their RV, and gambling. He would tell stories, do card tricks and play jokes on friends. Jim was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Horbelt, and sister, MaryAnn Gronewold, both from Ill., and 3 grandsons. He is survived by his wife, Betty, of Boulder City, daughters, Beverly (Rick) Hoffman of Pinedale, Wyo., Barbara Margetts, and Tracey (Terry) Madden of Henderson, and son Tony (Judy) Horbelt, of Mesa, Ariz. Also included are many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Surviving siblings include sisters, Florence Grawe of Quincy, Ill., and Alta Becktell of Tex. Jim always said "God doesn't have room for me yet". God has now made room for him and he is at peace. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. At his request, no services will be held. A private Mass will be held at a later date in celebration of his life. Memorial donations may be sent to Hospice or charities of your choice in his honor. Condolences may be sent to : 1281 Shenandoah Street, Boulder City, NV. 89005.
Published in Boulder City Review on Apr. 13, 2017
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