Jan. 7, 1981-June 27, 2012
Gregory A. Horstman, 31, of Ottoville died at 3:10 p.m. Wednesday at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice surrounded by his wife, kids, family and friends. Despite a courageous 3-year battle with cancer, he leaves us with memories of his heartwarming smile, determination and willingness to always “Make it Enough.”
He was born Jan. 7, 1981, in Lima to Lawrence and Judy (Knippen) Horstman, who survive in Cloverdale.
On Sept. 17, 2004 he married Sarah Kunkleman, who survives in Ottoville.
Also surviving are his five children, Carter, Landon, Brynn, Ty and Mya, all at home; two brothers, Kevin (Beth) Horstman of Ottoville and Ryan (Karen) Horstman of Cloverdale; a sister, Marla (Rick) Dienstberger of Delphos; father-in-law, Gregg (Sandi) Kunkleman of Lima; mother-in-law, Nancy Kunkleman of Lima; and several nieces, nephews, in-laws and godchildren.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ben and Donelda Horstman and William and Anna Knippen.
Mr. Horstman was a construction worker for Krietemeyer Concrete, Fort Jennings. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville, and the Ottoville Knights of Columbus. He was a 1999 graduate of Ottoville High School where he played basketball, ran track, cross country and was a member of the school record-holding 4 x 800 relay team. He was a graduate of Northwestern Business College, where he received his accounting degree. He enjoyed being out in the fields farming, coaching T-Ball, Upwards Basketball and YMCA Youth Soccer. He was a runner and completed the Detroit and Columbus Marathons. He was a fan of the Reds, Bengals and Ohio State Buckeyes. Horstman was a family man who always had fun with his children and was a very loving husband, dad, son, brother and uncle.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, the Rev. John Stites officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Ottoville.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Saturday and 2-8 p.m. on Sunday at Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Jackson Township (at the corner of St. Rts. 224 & 634). There will be a Knights of Columbus service 1:30 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Greg’s Children’s Education Fund c/o Ottoville Bank or to the Ottoville Athletic Boosters.
Condolences can be expressed at: www.lovefuneralhome.com.
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