Gerald Lee Horton

Thursday, November 17, 2022
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Gerald passed away early Sunday morning after a week full of visits from family and friends. He fought a long battle with cancer, surpassing the amount of time doctors gave him for survival.

Gerald was born in Billings, Montana to Esther and Donald Horton. He also had two brothers Larry and Jim Horton. The three brothers experienced many adventures on the farm and in life together. Gerald graduated from Laurel High School in 1970. He married Cindy Hanson with whom he had his first daughter Cassey then four years later Amber was born.

Gerald loved his horses, hunting, fishing, and camping. In his most recent years. His favorite camping spot was at Hebgen Lake by West Yellowstone. He would go camping there with his brother Larry and his wife Judy, as well as his niece Janet (Jim Skattum). In his last few years. Gerald made time for trips to Lake DeSmet in Wyoming to camp and fish with his grandchildren.

Larry, Jim, and Jenny were vital to his life in the last few months, since his daughters lived in Wyoming. Jenny ran errands and stopped to visit often. Larry and Gerald enjoyed going to breakfast and having coffee. Jim stopped frequently to check on his and visit about life. Gerald made many friends in his apartment complex where he lived. They checked up on him, cooked for him and did his shopping.

Gerald is survived by his daughters Cassey (Chris) Wrenn, and Amber Horton, his brothers Larry (Judy) Horton, and Jim (Charlotte) Horton. Gerald loved his grandchildren with all his heart. He had three grandsons, Ryan Dyess, Aaron Dyess, and Zayne Ziska. He also had three granddaughters, Courtney Dyess (Brayden Huxtable), Madalyne and Makayla Martinec. He is also survived by his nephew Troy (Carrie) Horton, niece Janet (Jim) Skattum, nephew Clint (Britney) Horton, and niece Jenny Horton (David Tebay).

A memorial service will be held at Savior’s Lutheran Church (707 W. 3rd Street, Laurel, Montana) on Nov. 19, 2022, at 10 a.m. A viewing will precede the service at Savior’s Lutheran Church at 9 a.m. A reception will be held immediately after the service at Savior’s Lutheran Church.



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