Wayne Cleo Horton was born July 25, 1922, in Bronson, the son of Walter and Helen (Moise) Horton. In 1935, the family moved to a farm near Akron. He graduated from Akron High School in 1940. Following high school, Wayne farmed with his father.
On June 22, 1946, Wayne was united in marriage to Virginia Bemiss. Wayne and Virginia were blessed with seven children: Sally, Sue, Sharon, Steve, Sandy, Shelly, and Sona. In 1953, the family moved to San Francisco, Calif., briefly before returning to farm near Akron.
Wayne and Virginia farmed and raised purebred Angus cattle for many years. He had showed cattle at the Denver Stock Show and received numerous awards for his cattle through the years. Along with farming, Wayne operated a "over-the road" trucking business and local trucking hauling livestock and gravel.
Virginia died Sept. 20, 1987. Wayne continued to actively farm into his 80s.
On Dec. 28, 1991, Wayne married Betty Jensen. For the last 20 years, Wayne and Betty made their home in Le Mars.
Wayne enjoyed his life as a farmer and cattleman. He also had a passion for buying and selling vehicles. He had estimated that he had owned more than 250 cars and trucks through the years. He loved the thrill of negotiating.
He also enjoyed attending college basketball and footballs games in Sioux City.
Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Betty of Le Mars; seven children: Sally (Jim) Freking, of Le Mars, Sue (Butch) Weyer, of Hawarden, Sharon (Edgar) Uhl, of Bonita Springs, Fla., Steve (Marilyn) Horton, of Sioux City, Sandy Horton, of Sioux City, Shelly (Bob) Buys, of Council Bluffs, and Sona (Troy) Seaton, of Centennial, Colo.; 13 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren; a brother, Cecil (Corriene) Horton, of Akron; a sister, Dorothy (Ole) Olaf, of Bettendorf; a sister-in-law, Fern Horton, of Pipestone, Minn.; two step-children: Jody Hobbs of Apple Valley, Minn., and Mike (Frances) Jensen, of Dallas, Texas; seven step-grandchildren and three step-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Helen (Moies) Horton; his wife, Virginia; a grandson, Jamie; three brothers: Art, Clarence (Arlene) and Glen Horton; and a step-daughter, Pamela Schiltz.
Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Rejoice! Community Church in Le Mars with Pastor Tony De La Rosa officiating. Family inurnment will be at the Riverside Cemetery in Akron. Visitation with the family present to greet friends will be after 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars with a 7 p.m. prayer service Wednesday evening at the funeral home. Visitation will continue Thursday morning at the church from 10 a.m. until service time.
Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.