William Temple “Bill” Hornaday

William Temple “Bill” Hornaday

Birth
Richmond, Wayne County, Indiana, USA
Death 3 Mar 1999 (aged 89)
Paoli, Orange County, Indiana, USA
Burial Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA
Plot Sec: 223, Lot: 394
Memorial ID 45973652 · View Source
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In the words of Ruth Hughes, retired librarian of the Bonita Springs Public Library, "Bonita Springs has lost an outstanding citizen."

Ruth, of course was referring to the passing of Col. William T. Hornaday II on March 3 — 26 days short of his 90th birthday — at Orange County Hospital in Paoli, Indiana.

Bill, who retired to Bonita Springs in 1976, was active in the library. In 1978, he revived the fund-raiser organization Friends of the Library of Bonita Springs, which had been dormant for more than 30 years. The original Friends was founded in the 1950s by the late Wendy Welsh, a former English actress and resident of Bonita Shores.

In addition to Bonita Springs, the country also has lost a dedicated citizen, a man who served his country in peace and in World War II.

Born in Richmond, Indiana, he earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Indiana University and was admitted to the Indiana Bar in 1932. He had a private practice in Richmond and was Wayne County deputy prosecutor from 1938-41.

During his 30 years of service in the U.S. Army, Bill was a member of the OSS team, which during World War II directed the French Underground Resistance movement. He later was assigned to the war crimes trials.

From 1947-49 he served as deputy attorney general in Indiana. In 1950 he joined the CIA and served until 1962. After serving a term as Monroe County prosecutor, he again began a private law practice until his 1976 retirement.

In November 1983, Bill was installed as commander of the Lee County Chapter 144 of The Military Order of World Wars, which was founded in 1978 and met at Cypress Lake Country Club in Fort Myers.

He also was a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers. He was one of the 30,000 men and women who served during World War II in the Office of Strategic Services, led by the late Col. William J. Donovan.

Donovan teamed with Canadian William Stephenson to maintain the closest possible but most guarded covert communications between England's Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

In December 1986, the Lee County Chapter of the MOWW inducted Bill as a perpetual member because of his "impressive record of military training and service," chapter officials said.

His leadership and lobbying the Board of Lee County Commissioners for the 1982 and 1990 expansion of the local library building earned the first "Friend of the Year" title from the Friends of the Library of Bonita Springs in February 1990.

His concern for his country is echoed in a warning he issued at the November 11, 1983, Veterans Day ceremonies held at the Bonita Springs:

"The best way to keep the peace is through military strength and defense, because history has shown, throughout the entire record of man, only the strong survive."

He is survived by wife, Betty, daughters, Patricia H. Turon of Dallas and Jane H. Stafford of Paoli; son, William T. Hornaday III of San Diego; four grandchildren and one great grandchild.

[March 21, 1999 Naples Daily News published in Naples, Florida]



Col. William T. Hornaday II, 89, of Bonita Springs, died Wednesday, March 3, 1999 at Orange County Hospital in Paoli, Indiana.

He was born March 29, 1909 in to James F. and Elizabeth "Bessie" King Hornaday.

He earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Indiana University. He was admitted to the Indiana Bar in 1932 and served as special agent with the FBI from 1935-36.

He had a private law practice in Richmond, Indiana, and was Wayne County deputy prosecutor from 1938-41. He served 30 years in the U.S. Army. During World War II he served as a member of the OSS team that directed the French Underground Resistance movement. He later was assigned to the war crime trials.

From 1947-49, he served as deputy attorney general in Indiana. In 1950, he joined the CIA, remaining there until 1962 when he retired and returned to Bloomington to practice law.

Following a term as Monroe County deputy prosecutor, he moved to Bonita Springs.

His professional associations include life memberships in the Indiana University Alumni Association, American Legion Indiana State Bar Association Central Intelligence Retirees Association, Association of Former Intelligence Officers, the OSS Veterans, the 12th Army Group Association and Military Order of World Wars.

He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and received his Order of Merit in 1978. He also belonged to a number of wildlife associations and was a director of the William T. Hornaday Conservation Trust.

Surviving are his wife, Betty Garber Hornaday, who he married in 1936; two daughters, Patricia H. Turton of Dallas and Jane H. Stafford of Paoli; a son, William T. Hornaday III of San Diego; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by a brother, James Robert Hornaday.

McAdams Mortuary of Paoli, Indiana, handled the arrangements.

[March 20, 1999 The Banner published in Bonita Springs, Florida]


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  • Created by: John C. Anderson
  • Added: 27 Dec 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 45973652
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Temple “Bill” Hornaday (29 Mar 1909–3 Mar 1999), Find A Grave Memorial no. 45973652, citing Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by John C. Anderson (contributor 47208015) .