Kevin Edward Hornby, 56, of Billings, MT passed away in his home on June 9, 2019. He was born in Laramie, Wyoming on January 6, 1963 and was predominately raised in Rawlins, Wyoming. As a high school student, he was actively involved in competitive swimming and choir, graduating from Rawlins High School in 1981.
Kevin enlisted in the Army in 1985 and served as a Black Hawk Helicopter Crew Chief. While in the service, Kevin received an Army Service Ribbon, Army Service Achievement Medal, Expeditionary Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, National Defense Medal, South East Asia Service Medal, and Aircraft Crewman Badge, and Good Conduct Medal. Kevin was considered a “maverick” in the army, having moved up and through the ranks concluding with officer designation.
He separated from the Army after a deployment in the Persian Gulf War. He entered school and graduated as a registered nurse from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Kevin practiced as a nurse in Pine Ridge, South Dakota and Portland, Oregon. The bulk of his nursing career was served in Anchorage, Alaska with Indian Health Services under the auspice of the Commissioned Core. Kevin was committed to service, retiring as a Lt. Commander in Public Health Service/Coast Guard in 2010. After retirement he continued to work with homeless veterans in shelters in Portland, Oregon.
Kevin is survived by mother, Karen (Lynn) Heeren of Sheridan, WY; sister, Carie Hornby-Daniels (Darren) of Las Vegas, NV; brother Kelly (Julie) Hornby of Billings, MT, stepsister, Skye Heeren of Sheridan, WY; sons Shawn Littrel (Laura) of Phoenix, AZ, Klayton Hornby of Grand Island, NE, Kaden Hornby of Portland, OR; grandson, Finley Littrel of Phoenix, AZ; and a niece, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.
Those that proceed Kevin in death are father, Rodger L. Hornby; grandparents, Edward and Lillian Hornby, Elba (Mac) and Naomi McNinch.
Kevin’s wheelhouse was a life of service, having both grandfathers serve in WWII. In addition to being a diehard Seahawk fan, Kevin loved the ocean and enjoyed outdoor activities (fishing, camping, hiking, bicycling). He laughed endlessly when a Grizzly bear took his Mom’s salmon on an Alaskan fishing trip they enjoyed together. Music was a major part of Kevin’s soul in addition to cooking and enjoying ethnic foods. He had an interest in and was a collector of coins as well as native cultural arts (Greek, German, Native American).
Kevin’s character, humor and spirit will be missed by those whom he touched.
His memorial service with be held on Monday, July 15, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the Yellowstone National Cemetery, 55 Buffalo Trail Road, Laurel MT.
“A tous le monde, A tous les amis, je vous aime, je dois patir” (Megadeth) Let these words set you free.