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William P. "Bill" Horton
Dec. 19, 1924 - April 5, 2011

William P. "Bill" Horton, 86, of Salina, died Tuesday April 5, 2011. He was born Dec. 19, 1924, in Iola, the son of Benjamin and Thelma (Park) Horton.

Bill worked as an electrical engineer and owned and operated Mid-States Armature Works for 47 years, retiring in 1999. He was a pilot in the United States Naval Reserve during World War II and retired as commander after 30 years of service.

He served as board member of the Salina Airport Authority, Asbury Hospital, St. John's Military School and Kansas Wesleyan University. He was a charter member of Trinity United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Royal Order of Jesters, the Ancient and Secret Order of Quiet Birdmen and recipient of the Wright Brothers Award in 2006. He attended Pittsburg State University and graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in aeronautical engineering.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Joseph and Frank Horton. Survivors include his wife, Wanda Horton, of Salina; one son, Bill Horton and wife Margie, of Derby; one daughter, Michele Horton, of Derby; and two grandchildren, Katie Horton, of Wichita, and Beth Horton, of Derby.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, April 8, at Trinity United Methodist Church, Salina. Private inurnment will be at a later date. There will be no visitation; cremation was chosen.

Memorial gifts are to the church, 901 Neal, Salina 67401. Ryan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.