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Wonga "Reece" Maurice Hornback
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On January 20, 2024 Wonga “Reece” Maurice Hornback, 71, of Princeton went home peacefully to his Lord and Savior. Wonga M. Hornback was born February 26, 1952 in Princeton, IN to the late Raymond and Edwinda (Abram) Hornback. Wonga attended Princeton Community High School and was in the 1969 graduating class. When he was just a teen, he worked at Princeton Farms detasseling corn. That was where he found and grew his love for agriculture. Wonga furthered his education by earning his Associates Degree from Vincennes University for Agriculture. After graduation Wonga went to work for Opryland USA doing landscape and design. He returned to Princeton Farms to drive combines and tractor trailers. Wonga earned his CDL and took his career to over the road trucking. Early in his career he competed in a driving competition, where he drove a set of double trailers in a serpentine formation while going reverse. Wonga was awarded Truck Drive of the Year by the State of Indiana in 1995 for his many years of accident-free service. He drove for a variety of companies over the 48 years with VanWyk Inc being who he retired from. He took much pride in driving and his semi was always in pristine condition. He drove to nearly every state in the US and if you named any city, he would be able to tell you what mile marker it began. Wonga retired in 2021 at the age of 69 to enjoy time with his family.
He attended the First General Baptist Church in Princeton, Indiana with family. Wonga enjoyed going bowling, watching classic horror movies, telling stories of his past, watching Nascar, and being a good card shark. He was always up for an adventure! That could include drag racing, riding motorcycles, deep sea fishing, and fishing in general, but out of all his adventures, being a Dad, Pop, Papaw, PopPop, and Grandpa was by far his greatest adventure that he could never get enough of. Wonga was so content in all situations and had a positive point of view of life. He asked for such little, but gave so much. Wonga was loved by many and will deeply be missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Edwin “Bunny” Hornback; and grandson, Tobias Simpson.
Wonga is survived by his children, Kristi (Scott) Sims, Wonga Ray (Shelia) Hornback, and Krista (Tom) Lung; grandchildren, Megan (Scott) Morris-Bates, Jessica (Kayla) James, Sydney (Logan) Firkins, Kassie (Kevin) Higgins, Austin (Emily) Hornback, Lexi (Josh) Bleadsoe, Sara (Zach) Cook, James Hornback, Dylan Hornback, Drake Lung, and Gavin Lung; great grandchildren, Ava, Vincent, Kaylen, Rian, Lily, Shanena, Lilith, Malachi, Scotti, Xander, and Amara; nieces; nephews; 1st cousins; and 2nd cousins.
A memorial service will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, January 27, 2024 at First General Baptist Church, 2101 E. Broadway St. Princeton, IN. Visitation will be held from 11:00 AM until the service time with Pastor Brad Keenan officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Colvin Funeral Home to aid in funeral expenses. Envelopes will be available at the church. To share a memory or leave an online condolence go to www.ColvinFuneralHome.com. Colvin Funeral Home is honored to serve the Hornback family.