Russell L. Horchler


Russell L. Horchler of New Castle passed away on July 28, 2019, at Shenango on the Green in New Wilmington.
Born Sept. 7, 1924, in New Castle, he was raised in Mahoningtown by his parents, Raymond F. and Mary (Patterson) Horchler.
He married Mary Elizabeth ("Betty") Robson on June 1, 1946, who preceded him in death.
After graduating from New Castle High School, he served three years in the Navy during World War II. He served aboard the USS Booth Destroyer Escort in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters.
Following the war, he attended Slippery Rock College and the University of Pittsburgh.
He was employed by the New Castle Area School District as a teacher, an elementary and secondary principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent.
After his retirement from the New Castle Public Schools, he served for two years as the administrator of the New Castle School of Business.
He was a former member of First Presbyterian Church and more recently a member of Highland Presbyterian Church, serving as an elder at both churches.
He will always be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Russell is survived by two sons, Russell T. (Mary Ann) Horchler of Fort Myers, Florida, and Jeffrey W. (Valerie) Horchler of Erie; a daughter, Nancy B. (Harry) Hammond of Hermitage; three grandchildren, Danica (Dustin) Reed, Kristin Hammond and Alyssa Horchler; and four great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents and his wife, Russell was preceded in death by two brothers, Raymond K. Horchler and Robert P. Horchler, and a grandchild, Tara Leigh Horchler.
Private services were held at the R. Cunningham Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 2429 Wilmington Road, New Castle.
Burial will be in the mausoleum at Castle View Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Highland Presbyterian Church, 708 Highland Ave., New Castle, Pa. 16101, or to a charity of the donor's choice.
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David Phelps
Aug 18, 2019
Our best wishes to the family. Russ was a wonderful school administrator. Fond memories of working with him as a youth, his visits to my father Phil Phelps and friendship with Austin Cowmeadow. As generational leadership passes on to the next, we can only hope that the values of leaders like Russ pass with them. Russ passed on my fathers birthday, we can only hope they are running great schools in the afterlife.
Susan Stoner
Aug 04, 2019
I remember Mr. Horchler as Principal at New Castle School System Many years ago.
One of those teachers and Principals you always remember. Sorry for your loss.
Jean Speight
Aug 03, 2019
So sorry to read of your father’s transition . Our paths crossed more than 50 years ago. We served together on the Child Welfare Advisory Board for many years .Upon the completion of my teacher certification , he asked if I wanted a job. Her gave me my
first and only job. He was a very kind and gentle man that cared about the future of children. May he rest in PEACE.
David Meyer
Jul 31, 2019
Another one of America's greatest generation has gone to Heaven.