Former sheriff Don Horn’s career covered the nation



Former Logan County Sheriff Don M. Horn, who went on to become a U.S. Marshal, died Sunday. He was 96.

He held the sheriff’s post from 1961 to 1969 when he was given a presidential appointment to U.S. Marshal for the southern district of Ohio.

Prior to his days as sheriff, he was a railroad detective, a Wells Fargo special agent and an investigator for Railway Express.

His work covered 11 states, Canada and Mexico.

He told the Cincinnati Post in 1971 that his worst assignment was tracking down a stolen load of 10,000 eggs ready to hatch.

“The eggs were on their way to a hatchery when they disappeared,” he said at the time. “Seems some thieves stole all 10,000 eggs and sold them to restaurants.

“When the restaurant people near Los Angeles discovered the eggs had chicks ready to hatch, they called police who called me. I got all but a few dozen of the eggs back.”

His surveillance work took him from skid row in Los Angeles to weddings, funerals, stage plays, operas and even into hospital emergency wards to track down suspects.

As marshal he covered 48 counties in Ohio and three in Kentucky.

A March 1972 injury while on assignment in Washington, D.C., ended his career.

Mr. Horn was born at Mary Rutan Hospital and grew up on a dairy farm and graduated from Bellefontaine High School. He and his wife, Thelma, who died in 1999, maintained a farm outside Bellefontaine throughout his career.

A graveside service is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday at Bellefontaine Cemetery. Arrangements are through Eichholtz Funeral Home.