James E. Hornbeck CASTLETON — James Earl Hornbeck, 75, of Castleton died Saturday morning, June 5, 2021, at his residence, following a long illness. He was born on Feb. 15, 1946, in Middlebury, the son of Charles and Marie (McIntyre) Hornbeck. Mr. Hornbeck grew up on his family’s farm in Sudbury and then Orwell and graduated from the Fair Haven High School in 1964. He married Carla Ann Ranney on Aug. 19, 1967, in Fair Haven. Mr. Hornbeck was employed by the General Electric Co. for over 25 years until his retirement. He was an avid reader and enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and his dog, Selby. Survivors include his wife, Carla of Castleton; a daughter, Jill McClure and her husband, Michael “Mick,” of Castleton; a granddaughter, Ryley McClure of Hubbardton; three sisters, Patricia Hornbeck of Cornwall, Mickey Hornbeck-Fielder of St. Johnsbury and Janice MacIntyre of Essex Junction; a brother, Ronald Hornbeck of Whiting; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Daniel James Hornbeck, on Sept. 1, 1987; and a brother, Edward J. Hornbeck, on July 22, 2016. There will be no calling hours A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with the Durfee Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Rutland County Humane Society Inc., 765 Stevens Road, Pittsford, VT 05763; or to the Parkinson's Foundation, 200 SE 1st St., Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131, www.parkinson.org.

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Cathy Ranney

Such a great picture and so Jimmy. Our heartfelt condolences Jimmy was such a special special guy in so many ways.

Love Roger and Cathy

John & Anne Scott

Very sorry for your loss.

Judy H

Carla my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

Renee Henry ❤️


Carla and Jill,

You're in our thoughts and prayers, and want you to know that if you need anything, please don't hesitate to call. Jim was a great friend, co worker and fishing partner over several years and I was lucky to have gotten to know him. They just don't come any better. Your great memories of Jim will help you through a difficult time. God Bless.


My condolences to Carla and the family of this great funny man. I have fond memories of tagging along with Jim and my cousin Dave Tupper, checking traps and then hanging out with them in the fur shed at night. Jim contributed greatly to my early "education". I will miss his wisdom and unique sense of humor.

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