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Wednesday, August 19, 2009 Mourns the Passing of Willard Horsman

Willard Paul Horsman, 102, Bloomington, passed away Monday (Aug. 17, 2009) at Martin Health Center, Bloomington.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at Kibler-Smith Memorial Home, Bloomington. His funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The Rev. Molly Ward and Deacon Bruce DeGooyer will officiate. Entombment will be at Park Hill Mausoleum, Bloomington.

Those desiring may make contributions to Martin Health Center, 2025 E. Lincoln St., Bloomington, IL 61701 or to St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Bloomington, in Willard's memory.

Willard was born July 5, 1907, in Fisher, a son of Jessie L. and Anna Tyas Horsman.

He graduated from Fisher High School in 1925 and managed several Western Union Telegraph offices in Illinois and Wisconsin until 1927 when he came to Bloomington. In February of that year, he joined the Daily Pantagraph circulation department prior to its consolidation with the Daily Bulletin. While with The Pantagraph, Willard was the city circulation manager, circulation manager and later became the general manager until he retired on Dec. 31, 1972

Horsman managed the lucrative and competitive Wapella market for the Pantgraph in the 1950's.

He was a member of Park United Methodist Church; Masonic Lodge 43 and the Bloomington Consistory; a 50-plus year member of the Young Men's Club; and a member of the transportation committee of the Association of Commerce and had been chairman for several years. Willard was the executive director of Bloomington Unlimited from 1973 to 1977.

On July 8, 1928, he married Faye I. Steele in Fisher. She preceded him in death on July 1, 2002.

Willard is survived by son, Allan Horsman, Bloomington, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Faye; and two brothers, Ray and Clarence Horsman.

Willard's family would like to thank the staff at Martin Health Center for all of the care and kindness they gave to Willard during his stay there.

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