He was inducted into the military in PA December 1940. Horace retired fr om the military in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA on 2 November 1959. He r etired to Everett, Snohomish, WA in 1985. He resided in Zapata, Zapat a, TX from 1990-1998. He was cremated in Seattle, King, WA on 24 Aug 199 8. Horace, a farm boy from Winburne, PA, joined the Navy soon after gradu ating High School in 1940 and was on Midway the day the Japanese bombed Pe arly Harbor. he remained in the Navy for 20 years, seeing action in the P acific Theatre during World War II and also Korea. He married Margaret "Pe g" Rowles, a former classmate at Cooper Township High School and they h ad three children before Peg passed away in 1959.
Following his retirement from the Navy in 1959, Chief worked for Nation al Cash Register as a sales representative, where he met his second wif e, Jean Krider Phillips. Following their marriage in 1961, the couple pac ked up 3 of Jean's 4 children and Horace's 3 children and travelled acro ss the US by station wagon to WA state. A small U-Haul trailer with a mat tress, Jean's sewing machine, clothes and "one special item' each for t he kids were all that was packed. "We slept side by side resting our hea ds on each other's shoulders," the kids remember, "with one of those re ar facing back seats to sit and see where we had been."
After arriving in WA state, Horace (or Chief as he was most commonly know n) worked for the Monroe Reformatory and was on duty the night of the Wash ington Earthquake. After that he worked on and off at Boeing in Everett a nd Seattle (from where he eventually retired), owned and operated his o wn logging business (Pelton Wood Products), drove a city bus, drove f or a waste management company, worked in the woods for other logging outfi ts and, in the summer of 1974, he and his youngest daughter operated a com mercial fishing business out of Neah Bay, WA on a 25-foot converted pleasu re boat.
Horace and Jean became 'Snow birds' when they both retired, and eventual ly purchased a lot in Zapata, TX where they would spend their winters. Af ter Jean passed away in 1991, Horace took up full time residence in TX, b ut would frequently visit his daughter's family in WA state as well as oth er family members across the US.