Robert A. Hornlein, Sr.


Robert A. Hornlein, Sr. passed away peacefully and went home to his Lord on September 23, 2019, in Saratoga Springs, New York. He was born July 20, 1925, in Newark, New Jersey, to Emil and Clara (Henkel) Hornlein and grew up in Irvington. A machinist apprentice, he entered the U.S. Army, serving in World War II in the 550th Ordnance Heavy Maintenance Company, spending 20 months in the European Theatre of Operation and was honorably discharged in January 1946. After the war, Bob attended night school and became a tool and die maker, working at Edison Manufacturing Company, where he met Myrtle Schenk. They married in 1949 and settled in Bloomfield, New Jersey. He worked for Orange Products Inc., managing their Quad Plastics division, first on Hoover Avenue in Bloomfield and then on Mitchell Street in East Orange.

In 1976, Bob moved his family to Ballston Spa, New York, where he started his own plastics fabricating operation in the former D&H Railway freight house on Grove Street. In 1994, he downsized the business and moved it to his home machine shop until his full retirement.

A devout Christian, Bob served as an elder, mentor, and prayer warrior at Hope Church in Ballston Spa for forty years and was awarded elder emeritus status. He was readily available to encourage and pray for the needs of all. Bob had also hosted prayer meetings and Bible studies in his home and helped launch the Camp H.O.P.E. reading program. He will be greatly missed by his church family.

Bob was predeceased by wife Myrtle, brother Herbert, and son Robert Jr. He is survived by his daughter Susan Hornlein Geary (Raymond Melancon) of Mystic, Connecticut, and an extended family of the heart that includes the Bednareks, Thompsons, and Khans, along with Dean, Betsy, and Kathy. Whether he was called Dad, Chief, Grandpa, Uncle Bob, or Mr. H, he was respected and beloved by all and will be missed.

The family wishes to thank everyone at Home of the Good Shepherd, Kindred at Home, Saratoga Hospital, his many doctors, nurses, caregivers, and Community Hospice for their love and respect, care and compassion. A special shout out to the gals at Home of the Good Shepherd, too many to list individually, who made is final days so happy.

Calling hours will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Hope Church, 206 Greenfield Avenue, Ballston Spa, on Sunday September 29, followed by a service of remembrance at 5:30. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs.

Guest Book

John & Kathleen Hearn

I was sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. He was a great man and will be missed by everyone who knew him. I was so glad to have run into him and catch up a bit about a year ago at the hardware store. I'm sorry I could not make it to the wake last weekend.

Michele Brisson

Sue, I am so sorry to learn of your Dad's passing. I did your Mom's hair for years and always marveled at how devoted your Dad was to her. Hope all is well with you.

Fred and Ruth Richards

Condolences to Daughter Susan and Bob’s extended Family. Our dear brother Bob clearly understood the depravity associated with his humanity and, in humble obedience accepted for his life, the grace provided by his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We praise God for his faithful service to Him and are thankful for the many others lives blessed during his earthly life. Two scriptures, we believe, would provide a brief example of Bob’s life and his loving desire for each of us.

“This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John.” Acts 18:25 KJV.

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:58 KJV.

Yes, Bob Hornlein, Sr. will be missed by his many friends but now is experiencing the eternal joy of heaven. May our loving God bring you comfort.

Betsy A (Marshall) Kovacic

Isa.40:4,5 Every valley exalted, every mtn and hill made low:the crooked made straight, rough places plain: and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.

A great revelation of God's glory walked among us for almost a century. For all the wise words of counsel and prayer, it was the unconditional love of his heart and actions that spoke most eloquently.

God extended His great love to us by delaying the call "Well done my beloved servant and friend, why don't you come home now?"

We have all been enriched beyond measure by having known Robert Hornlein in whatever capacity.
And I have the pink pool ball and blue marble (spanning 50+ yrs) to prove it:)