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Claire Eugene “G-Ball” Van Horn

Claire Eugene “G-Ball” Van Horn    Claire Eugene “G-Ball” Van Horn, 80, a retired farmer, Army veteran, and philanthropist, died Tuesday after a fall at his home.
    Graveside services with military honors will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Dutton Cemetery. A reception will be at the Dutton American Legion following committal.
    Arrangements are under the direction of Croxford Funeral Home and Crematory.
    He is survived by a daughter, Faye (Michael) Delgado, of Anaheim Hills, Calif.; a sister, Gloria Sunquist, of Cut Bank; a granddaughter, Sandra Alexanian, of Anaheim, Calif.; and 3 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by nieces and nephews: Lynne (Ben) Knoble, of Conrad, Mary Lou (Greg) Gordon, of Great Falls, Carrie (Jim) Vollrath, of Conrad, Carl Sunquist, of Cut Bank, David Van Horn, of Dutton, Paul Van Horn, of Great Falls and Victor (Kathleen) Van Horn, of Sparks, Nev.
Claire “G-Ball” was born May 14, 1927 in Great Falls, at the old Columbus Hospital. He was raised and educated in Dutton, attending the Dutton Schools including the Diamond Valley School. In 1956 he married Peggy Chambers in Montana, together they lived in Dutton all of their lives.
    Claire served in the Army for 2 years in Alaska at Wainwright Army Base.
    Claire was an extremely generous and kind man. He donated money to build the American Legion Club in Dutton, the Dutton Public Library and the C.E. Van Horn Fire Hall.
    Claire loved to drive around and check out all the sights of Dutton and the surrounding areas, he especially liked to watch and supervise his “buildings” go up and socialize with all his buddies and the townsfolk. He was treated to an 80th birthday party and dinner in May of 2007, where he had the time of his life, catching up on news with his friends, telling stories, and sharing food and birthday cake with many people.
    His wife, Peggy, and brothers, Lynn Van Horn and Fred Van Horn, precede him in death.
    Memorials are suggested to the Dutton American Legion, Dutton, MT 59433.
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