William A. Horsch

  • Died: November 4, 2020
  • Location: Rockland, Massachusetts

Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home

135 Union Street
Rockland, MA 02370

Tel. (781) 878-1775

Tribute & Message From The Family

William A. Horsch (Bill), 94, of Rockland, formerly of South Weymouth died peacefully at home surrounded by family on November 4, 2020.

A WWII veteran completing twenty years of active service in the United States Navy, retiring in 1962 as a Senior Chief Aviation Electronics Technician. He served at many stations during WWII, with Air Group 75 on the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt in the Mediterranean, and then served at NAS Squantum, NAS South Weymouth, NAS Los Alamitos, CA and NAS Minneapolis, MN.

Upon retiring Bill worked as an administrator for Honeywell Field Engineering Division of Honeywell Computer Group. He managed the Administrative Department during the growth from four hundred employees to four thousand employees in the Field Engineering Division. He retired after twenty years of service with Honeywell.

Bill was the Curator of the Shea Field Naval Aviation Historical Museum at the former Naval Air Station, South Weymouth. The Museum highlights the development and operation of the Naval Air Stations at Squantum and South Weymouth from inception to closing. He was a member of the Association of Naval Aviation Patriot Squadron

He was a former member of the Rockland Finance, Rockland Industrial Development Committee, Rockland Development Finance Authority and a Rockland Library Trustee.

Bill enjoyed camping with his family, gardening and restoring his two hundred year old home.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Jennie M. (Sassi) Horsch; two sons, William A. Horsch (Lucky) of Hinsdale NH, Richard A. Horsch (Jane Friedensohn) of New York City; five daughters, Donna M. Horsch (Robert DeLucia) of Amherst NH, Bobbie Ann Regan (John) of Buxton ME, Debra H. Whaley of Rockland, Brenda L Ullrich of Sheffield MA , and Dianne L. Horsch (Laura Bishop) of Rockland; one brother Robert F. Horsch of Virginia; two sisters, Virginia Roddick of South Weymouth, Judith Baxter of Florida; nine grandchildren, Ruby Ann Cossey, Keloha Cossey (Theresa), Clifford Mewattanon, Michelle Regan, Krista Ullrich (Steve Blackwell), Amy Gallant (Bryan), Brandon Whaley, Alexandra Perry (Jacob) and Rachel Ullrich; and seven great grandchildren Justin Riley, Jacob and Mason Blackwell, Liam Marles-Regan, Luke Perry, and Audrey and Diana Gallant; and nieces and nephews.

He was blessed to consider many others "his family"; Gail Varga, Amanda Rogers-Thieriot and family, and the Cartel family.

He joins his late parents Augustus and Nellie Horsch, brother Arthur Horsch, sisters Audrey Prouty and Nancy Lightman, son-in-law Joseph Ullrich and grandson Ryan Ullrich.

The Horsch family invites friends and loved ones to celebrate Bill's life on Monday November 9, 2020 from 4:00-7:00 PM at The Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home. Those who wish to remember Bill in a special way may make gifts in his memory to The Prouty at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, One Medical Center Drive, HB 7070, Lebanon, NH 03756 or https://secure3.convio.net/dhmc/site/Donation2?idb=2076408997&2347.donation=form1&df_id=2347&FR_ID=1580&mfc_pref=T&PROXY_ID=5852&PROXY_TYPE=22

Bill's family would like to thank the aides and nurses from Norwell Visiting Nurses/Hospice and Best of Care for their dedication and care.


Condolence & Memory Journal

So sad to hear about Bill. He hired me as a 20 year old for my first job at Honeywell. Through his guidance I progressed to a 38 year career in the electronics industry for the same company. Always the gentleman. He was a great and caring leader.

Posted by Joe Barravecchio barravecchio - ROCHESTER, NY - Coworker   January 03, 2021

Brother William Augustus Horsch

Entered: October 23rd, 1951
Passed: December 28th, 1951
Raised: January 22nd, 1952
Departed: November 4th, 2020

You will be acknowledged and honored in necrology at Joseph Warren - Soley Masonic Lodge in Lincoln, Massachusetts on Tuesday, November 24, 2020. So Mote It Be.

Masonic Wages
Masonic labor is purely a labor of love. He who seeks to draw Masonic wages in silver or gold will be disappointed. The wages of a mason are earned and paid in their dealings with one another; sympathy begets sympathy; kindness begets kindness; helpfulness begets helpfulness; and these are the wages of a Mason.

Bro. Benjamin Franklin
Grand Master of Pennsylvania 1790

Worshipful Master
Joseph Warren - Soley Masonic Lodge
Lincoln, Massachusetts

Posted by Worshipful Master - Brother   November 17, 2020

God Bless to you all . Mom and I are sending love and prayers, May peace surround you all. Your Dad was an amazing man. I have fond memories of his infectious smile and giggle!

Posted by Jaryl and Barbara Sciarappa - Narragansett, RI - Family Friend   November 11, 2020

My deepest sympathy to the entire Horsch family. We had the privilege of growing up with them and knowing Bill so well. He and my dad knew each other since childhood. A wonderful man who has left behind a lasting legacy.

Posted by Jane Holland Barta - Quincy, MA - Neighbor   November 09, 2020

To the Horsch family, I am very sorry for the loss of Mr. Horsch He was one heck of a guy, and Artie Kenny was correct, on his description. May you rest in peace Sir.My thoughts and prayers are with you all

Posted by James Day - Wellfleet, MA - Family Friend   November 07, 2020

Mr Horsch was truly a gentleman,as I grew up right near his home. He was always cheerful and friendly,as he helped all of us kids growing up in the neighborhood. Never a bad word from him. Such a great family Bill and his wife Jennie raised May he Rest in Peace. Artie Kenney

Posted by Arthur Kenney - 65 Oregon ave Rockland Ma 0, MA - Neighbor   November 06, 2020

We've lost one of the best! Many happy memories growing up next door. Condolences.

Posted by Andrea Robertson - Nashua, NH - Family Friend   November 06, 2020

Senior Chief Horsch,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your years of dedicated service and sacrifice for our Country when you served with the USN-especially during WW II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

Posted by Mike Casey    November 06, 2020

Love you. Say Hi to our family. Will probably see you soon. Love Judy

Posted by Judy Baxter - Pompano Beach, FL - Sister   November 06, 2020

May time accomplish what no words can do. We are sharing in your sorrow and are offering our deepest sympathy. With love, Wayne, Wendi and Gage Regan

Posted by Wendi Regan - Rockland, MA - Family   November 06, 2020

I first met Bill in 2004 at the Naval Air Station South Weymouth; he was leaving and locking up the base museum, he saw me and offered to walk me through the place. Bill was a great guy, always with a smile, and he treated everyone like an old friend. A gentleman and class act.

Rest in peace, Bill, glad to have the chance to get to know you.

Posted by Henry W. Piel - Friend   November 06, 2020

A pillar of the community

Posted by Barry E Ashton - Acquaintance   November 06, 2020

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