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Lowell Paul Horne


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Jon Horne 
Syracuse, NY
Thursday, 17. November 2005 05:28 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

On Monday, November 7th, 2005, Lowell Paul Horne passed away from complications due to pneumonia. Especially in his recent years most people knew my father to be a kind and intelligent man. His greatest passion was caring for and showing off our three golden retrievers Sunny, Gin, and Pep. Sunny was his Service Dog and she went with him everywhere. Many people in Syracuse know my father simply by having met him while he was walking around town with one or two of them. He was also a common fixture at several breakfast places around town. A great many other people knew my father as Raok, a powerful battle magician in the game Ashen Empires. He attracted many fast friends in the lands of Dransik by virtue of his helpful, steadfast, and patient demeanor. Another host of people knew him as a frequent contributor in the atheist and religious discussion rooms of AOL and Yahoos' chat services. He reaped a great deal of satisfaction from earnestly trying to inform and relate to people the nature of his ideas and how he came to them. He also enjoyed honest and active debate as much as he might have denied it. As many people as knew him in his recent years in Syracuse and online, there are probably ten times as many that he met along his journey about whom I know only a little. Excepting his warm family, of course, who know parts of him in some ways better than myself. His two sisters and a nephew were able to come together with my brother mother and me immediately after his passing, greatly easing the considerable grief I've experienced. I know probably his best friend in life was Bob Cole, his little sister's husband. Some of his other close friends were Gary Heckman, Paul Shrieder, Stan Shively. He was a fairly private man about his heart. But I know he married my mom and loved her greatly. He loved at least one other woman, by happenstance his best friend's sister, Kathy Pfeuffer. And I'm pretty sure there were a few others along that way. I'm sure he'd be sorry he didn't get to say fairwell to us all.

Dad lived a full life, he had three careers and leaves two sons living and loving him. Dad loved dogs, music, mountains, caves, the color red, computers, technology, children, reading, conventional food, and television. He loved mysteries, and magic, Tolkien, and King. He loved the road, and the wind, motorcyles, traveling, kites and flying in his dreams. He loved telling a good joke, laughing and hearing laughter. He loved his children, with incredible tenderness he cared for us when we were sick. He watched over us and yearned for our freedom and unbridled curiousity. He loved his family, and I know it was one of his few regrets that he didn't see more of them more often.

I can't begin to say how much I loved, admired, and will miss him.

In his memory we're going to try to establish a memorial fund that will go to an organization that supports Service Dogs. His relationship with our dogs was probably his greatest comfort in recent years. And we know he would want as many people as possible to have that same opportunity. We'll also soon provide an opportunity for other people to speak about Lowell and how they knew and related to him.

- Jon Horne
Sara J. Deubner Horne 
Richmond, Indiana
Thursday, 17. November 2005 08:44 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Jesse and I had moved the week before Lowell's illness. We will each add more to this website when I get my computer set up. This was a sudden and painful loss for each of us and organizing is a bit of a challenge.
joanna jungjohann 
Tuesday, 22. November 2005 11:18 AM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Ours days are identical suitcases-all the same size-but some people can pack more into them than others.........This is where I will be codg, the place you wanted to see............here is hoping that you did. You will always be a part of me. As you called me....fit2
One more thing, codg, I want to know, and maybe someday I will figure it out, " how did you see me, when I never let anyone in?"....
Thursday, 24. November 2005 06:04 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Lowell has a special place in my life.

When my sister married Lowell during their college years, I couldn't have wished for a better brother in law. He always treated me with kindness as a teenager and he added alot of lively conversations at our home. He loved to discuss many things with our father that opened up my world back then. I adored him and always looked forward to when Lowell and my sister would come home to visit.

Lowell was excited about sharing ideas with people. But he was also fun to be around when there was a piano near. He was ready to play without too much urging at our family get togethers and I loved how he found so much delight in music. He could lift spirits with his enthusiasm and brought alot of joy in my life at the time.

During a family visit this summer, we celebrated our mother's 89th birthday and Lowell happened to come along with his sons to our celebration. It was a sunny day in July; a time when we could sit out comfortably on the lawn with the dogs enjoying each other's company and fresh air while we all indulged in birthday cake and ice cream. A summer picnic with family....a special time together. I appreciated that my sister and former brother in law could both come to a family outing with my nephews. The relationship may have changed, but Lowell and Sara found peace together that allowed our family to come together at that picnic.....on a sunny day in July.

Lowell, you will be missed......
DLoH A.K.A Josh 
Avon IN
Wednesday, 8. February 2006 05:02 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

I just found out he died he was a great man and i wish i could have talked with him one last time. We talked alot and he help me in a game called Dransik i will miss him and i hope god has him in a good place.
The Harmless One (Steve irl ) 
Lincoln, UK
Wednesday, 1. March 2006 08:11 AM  Write a comment

I stopped playing Dransik more than a year ago, but styaed in touch with RAOk by ad hoc MSN messages. I never ever knew his real name, of his age, or wher ehe lived, but even through the medium of text, he was one of the nicest guys I have ever met.

I lost touch with him in Octobe. I wondered why I hadnt heard, then I found out last week, totally by accident in that he was gone. I dont mind admitting I shed tears.

What a great guy. What a great Dransik Player. One of the finest, most epic battle I fought in Dransik was back to back with Raok, just the two of us, fighting our way out of Ethera Palace Termigon Cave. It took us four hours, and was epic, a story to tell your grandchildren.

I feel priviledged to say I fought with this great guy. The world, and especially the Ashen Empires world, will never be as good ever again without him.

Monday, 10. April 2006 08:39 AM  Write a comment

I did not know of lowell in ashen empires, but i did see him often in game, so sorry for your sad loss, also sad ashen has lost a fine player.....

I wish you peace and comfort in this time of healing