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Obituaries : * Ruth L. Horn; Hotel Owner-Manager

April 21, 1996

Ruth L. Horn, a longtime Ventura County resident and motel owner, has died. She was 95.

Born in Texas on May 5, 1900, Horn spent her youth in the Houston area, where she worked as a maid in a hotel that she later bought and managed.

During the Depression, she hitched a ride on a boxcar to Sacramento, looking for better work, said son-in-law Harry Lundgren. Horn went on to own three small hotels there. She married her second husband, Karl Horn, in the early 1940s and had one daughter.

The family moved to Ventura in 1948. Before retiring 30 years later, Horn owned and managed the Nightingale Motor Court and the City Center Motel, both in Ventura, and the Santa Paula Motel. Her husband died in 1978, and their daughter, Shirley Lundgren, died two weeks later.

Horn spent most of her time working, said Harry Lundgren.

"She was a workaholic," he said. "Running a motel was a seven-day-a-week job for her."

Horn is survived by a grandson, a great-grandson, and two great-great-granddaughters.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Ivy Lawn Memorial Park in Ventura. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Joseph P. Reardon Funeral Home.

* Raymond J. Hanson; Retired Bank Executive

Raymond J. Hanson, a lifelong Oxnard resident and bank vice president, has died. He was 87.

He was born in Oxnard on Dec. 7, 1908, and attended local schools.

After graduating from Oxnard High School in 1927, he started work as a bookkeeper at the Bank of A. Levy in Oxnard.

Shortly afterward, he was promoted to teller and continued to work his way up to become senior vice president.

He was instrumental in opening the bank's Camarillo branch in the late 1950s.

Except for several years he spent in Camarillo with the new branch, Hanson lived his whole life in Oxnard.

After retiring in 1973, he spent his time hunting, fishing and golfing.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus for more than 60 years.

He is survived by his brother, Allen Hanson of Oxnard; a son, John R. Hanson of Spokane, Wash.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Another son, Stephan, was killed in 1967 while serving with the Marines in Vietnam.

Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. today at James A. Reardon Mortuary in Oxnard, with a vigil starting at 7 p.m. Services will be Monday at 9:30 a.m. at the mortuary. Burial will follow at Santa Clara Cemetery in Oxnard.

Guzman, Margie, 32, of Oxnard, homemaker. James A. Reardon Mortuary, Oxnard.

Irie, Kiana Tomiko, 3 weeks, of Ventura. Skillin-Carroll Mortuary, Santa Paula.

Ventura County obituaries are published free of charge as a public service to readers. Obituaries are based on information provided by mortuaries.

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