HORNBACH, Charles Rittman – passed away on February 23, 2013. There will be an informal memorial for the family and friends of Charles Hornbach at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 1025 Three Mile Rd., Grand Rapids, at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2013, with a light luncheon to follow.
Charles Rittman Hornbach, 81, passed away on Saturday, February 23, 2013. He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Irene, and his sister, Letty Kermode. He leaves behind his wife, Ann; three children: Kim (Anne) of Naples, Florida, Mark (Connie) of Rockford, Illinois, and Jean Magnelli of Pagosa Springs, Colorado; three grandchildren, Leigh, Charles, and Ellie; one great granddaughter, Madelyn; and his brother Jack (Darva) of Little Torch Key, Florida. He loved them dearly and was extremely proud of them. He was a graduate of the
University of Michigan School of Architecture and was a Registered Architect in six states, with offices in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Naples, Florida. In his younger years he was active in the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, Architectural League, Lions Club, French Society of Michigan, and US Naval Reserve. An Episcopalian, he was a member of the Executive Council, Conference Board, Building Committee and a Deputy to the National Convention for the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan. An avid sailor, he was a member of a National Geographic
expedition in the South Pacific studying plate tectonics. He traveled extensively in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, Caribbean, British Isles and Europe. More recently he was active in the Rockford Rotary Club (Paul Harris Fellow). Cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service will be announced at a future date. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 3940 Peninsular Dr. #180, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 (re: Hornbach Memorial).