Russell E. Horn Sr. didn't let sleep get in his way of getting the job done right.

"After observing the construction of a school, he kept thinking that something was wrong," said his daughter, Rosalind Kunkel, 65, of North Codorus Township. "Then he had a dream and saw that a supporting part of the structure was missing. The contractor made a mistake. So, even when he was dreaming, he was doing his job."

Russell E. Horn Sr., co-founder of the now Buchart Horn, Inc./BASCO Associates, architectural engineering firm, died Wednesday at age 101.

Kunkel said he died of natural causes at Rest Haven Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in York City.

Also among his survivors are two sons, Russell E. Horn Jr. and Ralph E. Horn, both of York; 18 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

His son, Robert Horn, died in 1997.

Russell E. Horn Sr., was the husband of Eleanor Horn, who died in 1999. The couple founded the Russell and Eleanor Horn Foundation, which uses funds to help people and support various causes.

Born in Yoe, May 4, 1912, Russell E. Horn Sr. was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and received various medals and battle stars. He retired as a U.S. Army Reserves colonel in 1963.

Starting business: After his World War II service, Russell E. Horn and friend Clair S. Buchart co-founded Buchart Engineering Corp., which would later become Buchart Horn, Inc./BASCO Associates.

In 1954, Russell E. Horn also organized Print-O-Stat, Inc., an engineering supply and printing company.

"He was always open to new experiences," Kunkel said. "He was very concerned about the community and a smart optimist. He was very generous. People who knew him always commented on his smile. He gave a lot of time to the church, the American Red Cross, the community, to his business."

Russell E. Horn was chairman of the then York County Chapter of the American Red Cross for five years and served on its board for 20 years. He was former president of the West York Borough Council, a former Spring Garden Township Commissioner and a life member of the York Agricultural Society, which presents the York Fair.

He was a member of the YMCA's board of trustees and served more than 20 years on the York United Way fundraising committees. He was a Sunday school teacher for close to 50 years at Calvary United Methodist Church.

Russell E. Horn was a past president, board chairman and an executive committee member of the White Rose AAA Motor Club of York. He also was a Pennsylvania AAA Federation board member.

York needed him: Paul Keiser, former president of York Hospital, called Russell E. Horn Sr. a "stalwart guy" and a good friend.

"He was such a good business person also," said Keiser, who retired in 1988 and now lives in Willow Valley, Lancaster County. "If Russell was involved in it, it was a good project. We needed people like him in York."

Russel E. Horn also loved his family dearly and kept them close as he grew older, his daughter said.

"Almost every Sunday he had us over for dinner and he would cook," Kunkel said. "It was about 27 of us and he made big hamburgers on the grill. He called it 'Grandpa's Specials.'"

--Reach Eyana Adah McMillan at emcmillan@yorkdispatch.com.