Kenneth Francis Horack
It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Kenneth "Kenny" Francis Horack.
Our beloved son, brother, uncle, partner and friend was taken from us at the age of 47 while vacationing in Australia on Aug. 4th, 2011, just hours after celebrating his 21st year of sobriety.
Born to Richard and Anna Ruth Horack, Kenny grew up in Rowland Heights, Calif. with four sisters, three brothers, and countless friends. Though he lived in both Walnut and Long Beach, Calif., he found his true home as a Texan spending time both in the Galveston area and finally in Liberty, Texas where he lived prior to his death.
A cowboy at heart, Kenny enjoyed the opportunity to raise animals and develop a fruitful garden, often sending flowers and plants he grew to family and friends to make them smile. He enjoyed baking with and canning the fruits and vegetables he so masterfully grew, always sharing with those he loved.
Kenny's other hobbies included attending rodeos and country music concerts, sourcing and buying Moon and Star glass collectibles, and collecting toys, the latter of which he eventually turned into a successful business as the owner of the ToysKen store on eBay. Kenny was well traveled and enjoyed exploring new international locations with long-time partner of 17 years, Ben Campbell, whom he loved very much.
Kenny is survived by his mother Anna Ruth Horack, his siblings James Horack, Evelyn Hall (David), Margaret Berger (Gary), Robert Horack (Susan), Elizabeth Ingraham (James), William "Bill" Horack (Deborah), and Kathleen Smith (Steve), twelve nephews and nine nieces and their spouses, and twenty plus great nieces and nephews.
Though he cared greatly for all of his family, he played a special role in the lives of his nieces Laura Vigil (Horack) and Ann Marie Horack and Tarah Belcher (Ben's cousin), all of whom he helped raise.
In addition to his family, Kenny deeply loved his countless friends who since the time of his death have begun sharing their joyful memories and stories from their experiences in friendship over the years. Ken was a grateful friend of Bill W. and was dedicated to sharing his message with others.
All who knew Kenny are mourning the loss of a truly wonderful man who was demonstrated his love through others through abundant generosity and forgiveness. A celebration of his life was held on Aug. 19th, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Calvary Chapel Westbrook, 6501 Schirra Court, Bakersfield, CA 93313. A second celebration will be held at his home in Liberty County on August 27th.