Wendell G Horn, 88, of North Canton, passed away on Palm Sunday April 10, 2022. He was born on April 19, 1933, to the late Clayton G. and Juanita K. Horn of Canton. He attended Clarendon and Avondale grade schools and was a 1951 graduate of Lehman High School where he played varsity basketball. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. It was there, he was also a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and was Vice President his senior year.
Wendell’s first job after college graduation in 1955 was as assistant to the promotions’ director at the Akron Beacon Journal. It was there he met the love of his life, Arlene Mosely. He and Jill wed on May 21,1960 and celebrated just under 62 years together as loving and dedicated husband and wife.
At the Beacon Journal he helped with coverage of the newspaper’s sponsored events, including the Soap Box Derby and Spelling Bee. He also served as vacation substitute for the Beacon’s Movie Critic, TV Editor and Home Section Editor.
In 1960, he started work for the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company as Catalog Writer. He was later promoted successively to sales promotion specialist, manager of newspaper and supervisor of advertising. When Firestone moved its sales and advertising departments to Chicago in 1987, Wendell opted to stay in NE Ohio retiring from Firestone and working as a senior writer for the Goodyear Tire Company.
A year later, when Goodyear closed its creative and advertising department, Wendell joined Loos and Sexauer advertising agency in Akron, serving as senior writer and creative director. These were positions he would next serve with Taylor-Hawkins ad agency. He retired in 1997 at age 64.
In retirement Wendell chose to put his energy and experience into volunteer work. He served as president of Friends of the Stark County District Library, chairman of the former Mayor’s Literacy Commission of Canton, and president of the Malone University Associates. In 2013, Wendell was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus of Lehman High School in the Civic/Community category.
Wendell was known as a frequent contributor to the Letters to the Editor section of The Canton Repository. He was always surprised at how many people in the community commented on his letters, which were often political in nature. He served two terms as precinct committeeman for the North Canton Republican Party.
He was an avid, lifelong sports fans, rooting for the McKinley Bulldogs, Northwestern Wildcats and Cleveland’s Indians, Browns and Cavaliers. He felt fortunate to have attended several major sporting events: an Indian’s win in the 1948 World Series, two major league no-hitters (one of them by Indians pitcher Dick Bosman in 1976), the Indianapolis 500, the 1981 NBA All-Star Game, and the 1984 Major Leaguer All-Star Game. He also attended four McKinley High School state championship games – two each for the Bulldogs’ football and basketball teams.
Wendell referred to himself as a “survivor” having conquered tuberculosis, leukemia, and non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in his adult years. He lost his sophomore year of Lehman basketball when he had a successful operation that corrected a rare congenital urinary tract condition.
Wendell loved his family dearly, and enjoyed vacationing with them, including several vacations in Siesta Key FL. He leaves his loving wife Jill and four children: Laurie Horn of North Canton, Holly (Dylan) Atkinson of Canton, Mark (April) Horn of Glendale AZ, and Christopher (Sabine) Horn of Goettingen, Germany and brother-in-law Terry (Lynn) Manning of Deland FL.
Wendell was a 38-year member of Zion Lutheran Church in North Canton, where he served as deacon. He later spent 11 years as a member of the former Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Canton, serving as a lector and outreach chairman. When that church closed in 2009, he became a member of Canton’s Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.
A funeral service will be held April 21. Calling hours will be from 10 to 11 am followed by a service at 11 in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church at 2551 55th St., N.E. Canton, 44718. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, online at www.stjude.org.
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