Donald Lee Horyna, 79, of Russell, Kansas, died on Sunday, March 15, 2015, at the Locus Grove Village in LaCrosse, Kansas.

Donald was born on September 06, 1935, in Great Bend, Kansas, at the family home, the son of Edward C. and Marie R. (Krmela) Horyna.  He grew up in the Great Bend, Kansas area and attended Great Bend Public Schools.  He met, fell in love and was united in marriage to Earlene Crisco on December 30, 1988, in Great Bend, Kansas.  He worked as a welder most of his adult life, working with Flame Engineering in LaCrosse for about 20 years.  He was a longtime member of Otterbein United Methodist Church in Russell.  He enjoyed fishing, puzzles, traveling, playing dominoes and loved reading all the time.  Most of all he enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Surviving family include his daughter Mary Zahn of Ellinwood, KS; stepsons Frank Philbern of Great Bend, KS, and David Philbern of Norton, KS; stepdaughters Connie Meitner of Olmitz, KS, Karen McNemee of McLouth, KS, Rita Tague of Edwardsville, KS, Norma Herdman of Inman, KS; brothers Kenneth Horyna of Holyrood, KS and Edwin Horyna of Hutchinson, KS; sisters Evelene Knox of Great Bend, KS, Rose Cosper of Irving, Texas, Carol Huffman of Great Bend, KS, Betty Hafenstine of LaCrosse, KS, Connie Allen of McPherson, KS and Lois Cox of South Hutchinson, KS; 11 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Earlene Horyna on April 02, 2009; parents, son Jeffrey Horyna, brother Clarence Horyna and sister Sylvia Grace Horyna.

A celebration of Donald's life will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Thursday, March 19, 2015, at the Otterbein United Methodist Church in Russell with Pastor Earl Haggard officiating.  Burial will follow at the Russell City Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. on Wednesday, March 18, 2015.  Memorials may be given to the American Diabetes Association and sent in care of the mortuary.  Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell is in charge of the funeral service arrangements.


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