Robert Lee Horton

April 6, 1927 ~ June 16, 2019 (age 92)


Robert Lee Horton, 92, of Rising Sun, IN, passed away at 3:30  PM, Sunday, June 16th, 2019 at The Waters of Rising Sun. Robert was born in Canaan, IN on April 6, 1927, a son of the late Mary Ethel (Lanham) and Edward  Horton. Bob grew up in Switzerland County and attended school in Pleasant. Bob proudly served his country in the US Navy during WW II, serving on the USS Broadwater and the USS Black Hawk. While in service, Bob received the WWII Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon and Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal. Bob married Melba Gullion Horton in November of 1944 and to this union three children were born: Elmer, Tillie and Roberta. Bob and Melba were married over 50 years until her passing in 2000. Bob worked several years for the Indiana State Highway Department and the Ohio County Highway Department. Bob also farmed for many years. He was a faithful Christian and member of the Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ. Bob was also a lifetime member of the Rising Sun American Legion.  

Robert is  survived by two daughters, Tillie Courtney (Carl), of Rising Sun, IN and Roberta Rowlett (Stephen), of Madison, IN; by daughter-in-law Nancy Horton, of Rising Sun, IN; by 8 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Robert is also survived by a sister, Nellie Taylor, of Sellersburg, IN and a brother, Ned Horton, of Henryville, IN. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, by his first wife Melba Horton, by his second wife Maxine Horton, by his son Elmer Horton, by a brother Joe Horton, by his sisters Betty O'Brien, Gertrude Reuter and Goldie Walker. 
Funeral services will be 1 PM, Thursday, June 20th at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, IN. Visitation will be Wednesday 5-8 PM at Markland Funeral Home. Burial with military honors will be at Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Rising Sun American Legion Post 59. Cards are available at the funeral home. 

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June 19, 2019

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Markland Funeral Home
327 North High Street
Rising Sun, IN 47040

Funeral Service
June 20, 2019

1:00 PM
Markland Funeral Home
327 North High Street
Rising Sun, IN 47040


Rising Sun American Legion
110 Main Street, Rising Sun IN 47040
Tel: 1-812-438-3688

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