Richard ‘Tim’ Horton

Richard ‘Tim’ HortonRichard Arthur “Tim” Horton passed away Feb. 18, 2020, at Mercy Hospital in Bakersfield. His beloved wife of nearly 42 years, Beate, and son, Kristopher, were by his side as he passed.

Tim was born Jan. 28, 1944, in Parsons, Kan. to parents Fred and Geneva. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1961 at age 17 and served for 20 years, including two combat tours in Vietnam.

He met the love of his life, Beate, while stationed near her hometown of Wertheim, Germany, in 1975 and the two were married in 1978. The couple moved to Camp Springs, Md., in late-1978 prior to Tim retiring from the Army in 1981.

The couple welcomed their son, Kristopher, in 1983 and later settled in Ridgecrest, where Tim would go on to head several divisions at China Lake.

After spending much of his career in the Army as a pilot of both fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft, Tim brought his passion for aircraft with him to China Lake, working toward improving the weapons survivability and safety of combat aircraft. Tim retired in 2004, having had a tremendous and lasting impact on the Survivability Division at China Lake throughout his career there.

In retirement, Tim lived a quiet life with Beate at their home in Ridgecrest, taking regular trips to visit their son, Kris and his fiancée Andalynn in Henderson, Nevada, and visiting with extended family and close friends in Germany. Tim was a loving and endlessly supportive father to Kris, helping to nurture his artistic abilities from early on, as well as his love for cars, which would eventually become his chosen career. Tim enjoyed working on cars with Kris and the two bonded over their shared hobby, building custom cars together.

He lived his life for his family and will be missed very much.

Tim is survived by his wife, Beate Horton; son, Kristopher Horton; and his brother, Wayne Gillette.

His memorial will take place Saturday, March 14, at 2 p.m. at Holland & Lyons Mortuary. We invite anyone who knew him to come remember him and share in stories about his life.

— Submitted by the family of Tim Horton

Story First Published: 2020-03-06