Waterloo - Leonard M. Hornung, a retired Seneca Knitting Mill Co. executive and a founding member of North Seneca Ambulance, died July 14 at Huntington Living Center in Waterloo, surrounded by family. He was 78. Friends and family are invited to call Thursday (July 18) from 5 to 8 p.m. at Mull Funeral Home, 113 Virginia Street. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday at 11 a.m. in St. Mary's Catholic Church, 25 Center St., Waterloo. Burial will follow, with full military honors, in Saint Mary's Cemetery.
A Syracuse native, Mr. Hornung had lived in Waterloo since 1966, devoting himself to his family and community. He worked for 34 years at Seneca Knitting Mill, a business that made high-quality socks in a picturesque limestone mill in Seneca Falls, before retiring in 1998 as the company's chief financial officer. At the time, the now-closed mill was Seneca County's second-largest employer, with its specialty socks for cold weather, golf or tennis sold across the nation. He served at the ambulance corps for 25 years as a volunteer EMT and financial officer. He was among three dozen volunteers who established the corps in 1976 with two ambulances. He also previously served as treasurer for St. Mary's Catholic Church in Waterloo. The 1952 Split Rock High School graduate enlisted in the Army and served from 1954 to 1956, stationed in Korea as a sergeant. After his military service, he enrolled in Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, S.D., where he earned a bachelor's degree in accounting in 1962. He was married for 55 years to Barbara A. (Waite) Hornung, with whom he raised five daughters. Mr. Hornung held the rank of lieutenant and was a lifetime member and board director of the Red Jacket Power Squadron of the U.S. Power Squadrons, an educational organization that promotes safe and enjoyable boating through education. In addition to boating and fishing, he read widely about world history and enjoyed cooking. He was kept entertained and busy attending his grandchildren's sporting contests, and he also followed Syracuse University and Notre Dame University sports teams and the New York Yankees.
Surviving in addition to his wife are five daughters, Mary Gallagher, Beth (Jeff) Bill, Heather (Patrick) Lakamp, Pamela Ciulla and Jennifer (Jamie) Rodger; a sister, Beverly (David) Schlueter; a brother-in-law, Thomas Waite; two aunts, Joan Klein and Theresa Kallfelz; 10 grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.