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Leo D. Horab, Jr., 89 years old, of the Town of Niagara, passed away on Friday, December 2, 2016 at Northgate Manor. He was born in Niagara Falls on August 14, 1927, the son of the late Leo D. and Rose (Klenczer) Horab, Sr.
Mr. Horab served with the United States Marine Corps from May 10, 1945 until his honorable discharge with the rank of Private First Class on August 15, 1946 and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal. On October 1, 1949, he was married to the former Lorraine Czapla at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church. He worked as a welder at the Carborundum Company for 42 years and retired in 1989.
Mr. Horab was an athlete from the time he was a young man. He played basketball and baseball for Carborundum in the Industrial League and earned All-Star recognition. He was also a four-time Muny League basketball All-Star. He was named Carborundum's Athlete of the Year in 1958 and was their Athletic Association's Sportsman of the Year in 1979. In 1983, he was awarded Fabulous 40's Coach Thomas Szcerbacki, Sr. Memorial Award for excellence in sports and was later inducted into the Niagara Falls Old Timers Sports Hall of Fame. He was a member of the American Legion Portage Post #1465, the Elk's Lodge #346, the Fabulous 40's Athletic Club, the Carborundum Athletic Association, the Holy Trinity Seniors and he enjoyed watching Yankees baseball.
Mr. Horab is survived by his wife, Lorraine (Czapla) Horab; and his sons, Gary (Denise) Horab and Robert (Irene) Horab; his grandchildren, Jeremy Horab, Melissa Zacher, Kristin Andrews, Peter Horab, Ryan Horab, Josh Horab and three great-grandchildren. He will be sadly missed by his special neighbors and caregivers, Jim and Jeanne, who were considered family to him; and his special friends, Richard Stybak and Frank Deuro.
Friends may call on Wednesday from 3-7 PM at the LABUDA FUNERAL HOME, INC., 356 Portage Road, where funeral services will be held on Thursday at 9:00 AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 AM at St. Michael the Archangel Polish National Church, 250 - 27th Street with Rev. Francis Kadryna officiating. Interment with Military Honors in St. Michael's Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to St. Michael's Church.
Published on December 4, 2016
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