Ralph Peter Horan, 86, of Troy for 30 years and formerly of Birmingham, died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007, at William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. He was born April 5, 1921, in Eckernforde, Germany to the late Henry and Paula Horan. Horan was a member of the Big Beaver United Methodist Church. He retired as a mechanical engineer with Eaton Corp., in Southfield. He graduated from City College of New York with a Bachelor of Science degree and received a Master's degree from the Chrysler Institute in .Highland Park. Mr. Horan was a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and the Troy Rotary Club. He was awarded the Society of Automotive Engineers Henry Ford II Distinguished Award for Excellence in Automotive Engineering. He enjoyed dancing, snow skiing, golf, scuba diving and photography. During World War II he worked on the Manhattan Project in Oakridge, Tenn. Mr. Horan was a member of the Troy Rotary Club for 14 years and served as past club secretary and past program chairperson for five years, and was a sixtime Paul Harris Fellow. He also made a donation to the Rotary International Foundation which allowed him to recognize his wife, Betty, and others as Paul Harris Fellows. He also was a major benefactor for the Rotary International Foundation with substantial gifts through his estate. While on a photo safari in South Africa he donated money for a new classroom in one of the schools in the country for a group of children with whom he interacted. He was a true Rotarian who put Rotary service above himself. Mr. Horan was predeceased Oct. 27, 2004, by his wife, Betty Marie (Myers) Horan, whom he wed May 21, 1977, in Troy. Surviving are his children, Linda (George) Badgley of Carleton, Frank (Suzanne) Horan of St. Clair Shores and Peter Horan of Troy; sister, Dorothy Schellenberger; grandchildren, Jennifer (David) Dominissini, Glen Badgley, Sarah (Michael) Hale, Stephani (Alan) Fooy and Elizabeth (Robert) Akers; greatgrandchildren, Merritt, Schyler, Matthew, Stephen, Ross, Alyssa and Isabella. Visitation, 38 p.m. Monday at Price Funeral Home, 3725 Rochester Road, Troy; services, 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with Rev. Jack L. Mannschreck officiating; burial, White Chapel Memorial Cemetery, Troy; memorials, American Cancer Society; online register, www.pricefuneralhome.net.
Published in The Daily Tribune on Nov. 4, 2007.
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