John Horseman

Obituary of John Horseman

John J. Horseman, 90, of 33 Berkeley Avenue, Newport, died August 18, 2008 at the Newport Hospital. He was the husband of Elisa Moreira Horseman. Born in Newport, RI on September 8, 1917, he was the son of Dr. Christopher Horseman and Marie Eileen (Canole) Horseman. He was a graduate of Rogers High School, University of Rhode Island in mechanical engineering and Curtis Wright Technical Institute of Aviation. He was an instructor of propeller and jet engine maintenance and overhaul at the San Bernardino Army Air Corps Technical Training Command. He studied the Portuguese language and was Chief Instructor of Propeller Maintenance and Overhaul at the Technical School of Aviation in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He was employed for 29 years at the Boeing Company. He served for nine years as a technical representative for the B-47 and B-52 bombers at six different Strategic Air Command (SAC) bases. Transferring to Huntsville, Alabama, he served as a Maintenance Engineering Specialist on the Saturn V Booster Rocket for the Apollo Lunar Program. He attended Integrated Logistics courses at Georgia Tech and UCLA and was a charter member of the Society of Logistics Engineers (SOLE). He transferred to NASA Headquarters in Houston, Texas and was assigned to the Shuttle Orbiter Manufacturing Office as an Integrated Logistics Engineer. After nine years he retired in 1983 and returned to Newport. He was a guide for the Newport County Historical Society for the hill tours and the Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House. He was a member of the Newport Art Museum, the Preservation Society, the Newport County Genealogy Society and the Friends of the Waterfront. At St. Mary's Church he was a volunteer waiter for the Feed the Poor Team. He also volunteered at Saint Clare Home to reminisce with the aged. His hobbies were woodworking, gardening, colonial history and genealogy. Besides his wife of 61 years, he leaves a daughter, Gloria Horseman Schmidt of Portsmouth and four grandchildren, Dr. Daniel Schmidt of Boulder, CO, David Schmidt of Assonet, MA, Maria Schmidt of Newport, RI, and Christina Schmidt McKee of Houston, TX. He also leaves one great-grandchild, Christopher McKee of Houston, TX. He was the brother of the late Marie Horseman, William Horseman, Reginald Horseman, Christopher Horseman and Gloria Horseman Dakin. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, August 21, 2008, at 9:00am, at St. Mary's Church, Spring St., Newport. Burial at St. Columba Cemetery, Brown's Ln, Middletown. Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, August 20, from 4:00-7:00pm in the O'Neill-Hayes Funeral Home, 465 Spring St, Newport, RI, 02840. Donations may be made in John's memory to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104-2396 in Memory of Jack.
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