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William A. Horsch

Obituary for William A. Horsch

November 4, 2020
Rockland, Massachusetts


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

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.

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