Fred Joseph Bornhorst

September 17, 1930 - May 15, 2020
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Fred Joseph Bornhorst, 89, died peacefully on Friday, May 15, 2020 in his life-long home in New Philadelphia.

A son of the late Phillip Bornhorst and Marjorie Schwark, Fred was born September 17, 1930 in Clairton, Pennsylvania.

Fred graduated from St. Mary’s High School, in St. Mary’s, Ohio, in 1948. He then…

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Fred Joseph Bornhorst, 89, died peacefully on Friday, May 15, 2020 in his life-long home in New Philadelphia.

A son of the late Phillip Bornhorst and Marjorie Schwark, Fred was born September 17, 1930 in Clairton, Pennsylvania.

Fred graduated from St. Mary’s High School, in St. Mary’s, Ohio, in 1948. He then served in the United States Army during the Korean War.

On January 12, 1957, he married the former Barbara Jones and the couple raised two children.

A true gentleman, Fred was retired from the United States Postal Service and he also drove school bus for New Philadelphia City Schools for many years. He was a farmer at heart, who loved to garden and still enjoyed the sound of an old tractor. Above all, Fred’s greatest joy was spending time with his family.

Fred was a member of the First United Methodist Church at New Philadelphia where he and Barbara first met in Sunday School class. He was also a member of NARFE. He and Barbara followed NASCAR races for many years. Later they became familiar faces at Motocross tracks across the state, supporting their grandsons they adored and helped to raise.

Fred will be sadly missed by his loving family which includes his wife, Barbara; son, John (Patti) Bornhorst, daughter, Sandra Bornhorst and his grandsons, Jacob and Josef (fiancé, Nicole Himes) Bornhorst all of New Philadelphia. He is also survived by many extended family members.

In keeping with Fred’s wishes, there will be no calling hours and a private graveside service will be held in Evergreen Burial Park at New Philadelphia.

The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made in Fred’s memory to the First United Methodist Church, 201 West High Avenue, New Philadelphia, OH 44663.


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Evergreen Burial Park


1520 Delaware Drive SE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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In keeping with Fred’s wishes, there will be no calling hours and a private graveside service will be held.

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First United Methodist Church - NP

201 W. High Ave.
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663
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Born: September 17, 1930
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James Huff posted on 5/23/20

Sorry to hear of Fritz's passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to you Barb and the kids. Certainly a lot good memories over the years. Jim


Richard and Susan Hoy posted on 5/22/20

Dear Barbara, Sandra and family, Fritz was a quiet soul with a wonderful sense of humor and wit. He loved his family and was so proud of his grandsons. We will miss him. We are here for you. Susan and Richard


Susan and John Davis posted on 5/19/20

Deepest sympathy to the family.


Bud & Ruth Mattevi posted on 5/19/20

Our sympathy & prayers for Barbara & all of their family. May happy memories help during these sad times.


joan johnson posted on 5/19/20

Barb and family, We are sending our thoughts and sympathy in the loss of Fred. Mike and Joan Johnson


Linda DiDonato posted on 5/19/20

So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and Prayers! Linda DiDonato


Barbara Sexton posted on 5/19/20

Sandra, I am sorry to hear of your dad passing. I never met him tho' I am sure he was a great guy because you , a great gal, learned from him. Brie sends her love also. Praying for GOD's comfort for you all. Barbie Sexton


Ron and Gerry Tinor posted on 5/18/20

John - Please accept our condolences for the loss of your Dad. May you find peace and comfort in many happy memories. With sincere sympathy- Ron and Gerry Tinor


Barbara Ball posted on 5/18/20

Barb and family, You have my deepest sympathy. Fred was my Sunday school classmate and a good friend to all who knew him. Prayerfully, Barbara Ball


Stephanie Cliff posted on 5/18/20

Sandra, My heart is heavy with sadness for you and the family. Your dad was a true role model for a father. You and your family were so lucky to have him for as long as you did. I still remember you telling the story of him trying to get around the the corner of the outside of the house with out letting the " automatic light " come on. Stephanie & Tom


Karen Chaney posted on 5/18/20

Barb and family , My sincere sympathy in your loss of Fritz. He was always so kind and caring to me. And fun! God bless you all.


Dave and Ruth Meese posted on 5/17/20

So sorry to hear of Fred's passing. He worked with my dad for many years at the New Phila. Post Office. My dad always called him " Fritz. " I think he also drove school bus at Midvale when my Uncle Pete Meese drove bus. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family. God Bless.


Tom Gerda Shilling posted on 5/17/20

Barb our prayers are going out for you and your family.I now wish that Fritz was my mailman. Fritz was my best ringman ever at our NARFE AUCTIONS he made it Fun.!!! Fritz also is the only Narfe member that could keep up with me at the Chicken Manor eating the famous fish. Fritz was a gentleman and can you believe he met his beautiful wife in church. God bless you Barb and your family .Santa from the beginning knew Barb & Fritz were on the very nice list. I could tell the way their eyes lite up and smiles when they tailed about John , Sandra and their grandsons. RC CARS , MOTOCROSS & NASCAR.??? What a beautiful sound in HEAVEN 1938 GREEN JOHN DEERE!!!! Love Tom & Gerda Shilling.


Ethelyn Ann Eichel posted on 5/17/20

Barbara you and your family have my deepest sympathy. Fred was a wonderful man. Sincerely, Ethelyn Ann Eichel


Jo Fesler posted on 5/17/20

I grew up having (Fritz) driving our school bus on the Goshen route. He was always so happy and funny with those he transported. Years afterwards I would see him in the post office. I am so sorry for your loss. To Sandy especially... John sends his sympathy.


Lucy Bonner Ricklic posted on 5/17/20

Dear Barb and family, I always thought Fred was one of the nicest men there was. I know he loved his family very much. I have good memories of him driving my school bus at Midvale. He always had a smile for us. May God wrap his arms tightly around you all at this time. ????


Juanita Rennicker posted on 5/16/20

To Sandra and the Entire Family, So Sorry for Your Loss. What a Sweet Guy.


Frederick Kinsey posted on 5/16/20

Barbara, Sandra, John and family, Fritz was one of the nicest people we have ever known. You have our sincere sympathy. We will miss him for the rest of our lives. We love you. Fred and Dawn and family


Cynthia K Mathias posted on 5/16/20

Barbara, My deepest sympathy to you and your family on your loss of Fred. May he rest in peace in the loving arms of our Lord. Cindy (Watson) Mathias


Cheryl J Skinner, Tri-State Military Museum posted on 5/16/20

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time, May you come to know that the love of God is with you always, May your memories of Fred Joseph Bornhorst, give you peace, comfort and strength… Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete. I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers to the family of …. US Army Veteran, Fred Joseph Bornhorst, is “A True American Hero” God Bless† † Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †


Paula yarnell posted on 5/15/20

My sincere sympathy to his wife & family. He was such a nice man & was my bus driver in the 70’s!! Thoughts & prayers to all of you. Paula Dunlap Yarnell


jay winkler posted on 5/15/20

so sorry to hear of you're loss


MalloryHutchison posted on 5/15/20

So sorry to Fred’s family, our prayers n sympathy will be with you all during this difficult time. God Bless......Ken n Mallory Hutchison


Mark and Rhonda Karl posted on 5/15/20

John so sorry for your loss he was a good man and always there to help and fun to talk with many good times May God be with you and your family during these difficult times God Bless ??


Jim and Michelle Hothem posted on 5/15/20

He was a wonderful neighbor! Prayers for the family.