Horst E. Abt, 86, Woodstock, died Monday, June 8, 2015, surrounded by his family and friends.
He was born April 11, 1929, to Karl and Anna Abt in Rodefeld, Ostprenben, Germany.
He came to America in 1951 to live the American dream. He was a survivor of World War II.
In 1952 he met Wally Klumbies, and they married Dec. 17, 1955.
In his earlier years he worked as a carpenter and homebuilder. He took pride in building and providing a house with his own hands for his family and friends to gather. He and his wife loved traveling, especially to Florida for the winter where they would visit with relatives, go camping and fishing, and escape the cold.
He and his wife were avid dancers, and they always drew a crowd whenever they danced.
He enjoyed watching the Bears, old Westerns and telling stories of days gone by, of his youth and good times.
Survivors include his wife; a son, Ronald (Maria) Abt; a daughter, Carmen Rhodes; and four grandsons, Christopher Abt, U.S. Army veteran Zackery (Melissa) Rhodes, Bradon Abt and Tyler Abt.
The service was private.
Donations can be made to a local animal shelter because the Abts were avid animal lovers.