Eventually drove fuel trucks for Texaco, and then was accepted to University of Alberta’s Medical Program in 1954.
He moved to Spokane in 1960 to start his residency program at Sacred Heart Hospital and then spent the rest of his life loving and living in Spokane.
He was blessed to be called home on the Eve of the celebration of our Savior’s birthday - a birth into eternal life for him.
Dad was a teacher to his children and grandchildren, patients, and friends; a gifted healer as a doctor who wanted patients cured, not the symptoms treated; a loving father who was always so proud of his children.
His accomplishments were life lessons of faith, perseverance, determination and love modeled for his children; Board Certified Family Practice Doctor for 35 years; delivered over 3000 babies over two generations; President of Holy Family Hospital from 1970 -71 and medical staff member from 1964 to 1996; lifetime NRA member; Spokane Police Reservist; Spokane’s Medical Reserve Corps member; ardent Spokane Jets Hockey team doctor and Chiefs fan, avid snow skier, fisherman, skater and hunter into his 80’s - if he wasn’t doing one, he was doing the next; beautiful singer and lover of music.
Survived by Betty Jane Horlacher, his wife of 62 years, and his faithful protector Brutus.
Five children: Dennis Lee Horlacher, Leslie Jo Sulgrove, Gail Anne Lange, Renee Katherine Demand, and V. Janelle Axtell.
Fourteen Grandchildren: Camille Flaget, Jared Horlacher, Shane Horlacher, Lindsay Swiger, Stephanie Brown, Jessica Sulgrove, Bryan Sulgrove, Valaree Martinez, Kallie Ingwaldson, Rebekah Bennett, Ryan Demand, Michael Demand, Teresa Collingwood, Casey Axtell.
Ten great-grandchildren: Dakota Flaget, Cierra Flaget (deceased), Blaine Swiger, Hadley Rose Brown, Noah Martinez, Avaree Ingwaldson, Amorette Ingwaldson, Josie Collingwood, Caden Axtell, and Westen Axtell.
Four brothers and one sister, Neil, Owen, Byron and Everett (deceased) Horlacher, Maxine Gilfillan (deceased) and numerous nieces and nephews.
Sons- and daughters-in-law: Leslie Lynn Horlacher, Daniel Sulgrove, Marc Lange, David Demand, and Jeffrey Axtell.
A heartfelt thank you to Dr. Leroy Byrd for his friendship, humor, faith and care of our father and to his family for the sacrifice of time.
Services will be held at St. Aloysius Church on 330 E Boone Ave, Spokane, Washington on December 30, 2013 at 11:00 AM with reception to follow immediately at The Globe Room at Cataldo Hall on Gonzaga University campus, grave side service to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, all are welcome to attend.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, PO Box 447, Nine Mile Falls, WA 99026 or Salvation Army of Spokane.
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