Charles "Bud" Hornicek

September 18, 2021


Charles ‘Bud’ Richard Hornicek
October 8, 1934 ~ September 18, 2021
Hortonville, NY


Charles ‘Bud’ Richard Hornicek was born on October 8, 1934 to Karel and Clara Hornicek at South Side Hospital in Bay Shore, NY. He and his family, including his sister, Carol Hornicek Maas, lived in New York City, Bay Shore and Lynbrook, Long Island until permanently moving up to Fosterdale after World War II. Bud played high school sports at and later graduated from Jeffersonville Central School in 1952.


Following graduation, Bud joined the U.S. Navy in August, followed by the Navy Active Reserve where he served until 1964. He became an electrician mate aboard a destroyer escort and then taught apprentice school in Naval Reserves. Once he left the Navy, he attended Montgomery Jr. College.


Bud joined his dad in business until he went to work in the NY Telephone Company. After three years, he joined the IBEW Electrical Union and taught apprentice school. Bud worked at many hotels and bungalow colonies (Grossinger’s, Concord, Nevele and Columbia Farms) during the “Golden Age in Sullivan County,” where he was the general foreman on many of these jobs. Unfortunately, he later became disabled due to a job accident in 1991 and soon retired after.


Bud was very civic minded as he belonged to many community organizations. This included the President of the Booster Club at Delaware Valley Central School when his children were in athletics, a charter member and EMT of the Upper Delaware Ambulance Corp, member of the Town of Delaware board, assistant chief and life member of the Hortonville Fire Department and a member and trustee of the Hortonville Presbyterian Church.


Bud was an accomplished craftsman – a ‘jack of all trades’ – as he was skilled in electric, plumbing, heating + air conditioning, carpentry and ceramic tiling. He helped build his home in Hortonville and also took great pride in perfecting his son’s, Tim, and daughter’s, Mary, homes. 


Bud met and married the love of his life, Mary Etta Buddenhagen Hornicek, a teacher, on November 17, 1956 and have been married for over 64 years. Bud and Mary Etta had four children – Timothy (and wife Debbie), Michael (and wife Donna), Mary, and Peter (and wife Alicia). They had 10 grandchildren – Corey, Kelsey, Kendall, Kyle, Kasey, Kathryn, Eric, Miles, Machk and Madeline, as well as one great grandchild, Chloe (daughter of Corey and his wife Kayla). Bud is predeceased by his parents and his first-born grandson, Corey.


Bud was a strong, smart, hardworking, dependable and loving man who enjoyed talking to new people and telling stories about his life and family. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him.


Funeral Services were entrusted to the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home. A service will be held at the Hortonville Presbyterian Church at 11:00 a.m. Saturday September 25,2021, where masks will be required, followed by graveside services at the Hortonville Cemetery and a celebration of Bud’s life at the Hortonville Fire Department in the main firehouse. In lieu of flowers, in remembrance of Bud, donations can be made to the Hortonville Fire Department and the Upper Delaware Ambulance Corp. To leave a condolence or for further information please visit 887-4900

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Funeral Service
September 25, 2021

11:00 AM
Hortonville Presbyterian Church (Hortonville Cemetery)

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