SCARBOROUGH — Charles H. Horne, 79, of Scarborough, died Saturday following a period of declining health and lung disease.
Horne was born in Mexico on Sept. 22, 1933, a son of Wirt T. and Isabelle Horne. He graduated from Mexico High School, in 1950.
Horne married the love of his life, Marlene J. Murphy, on May 24, 1969.
Prior to retirement, Horne worked for Mechanical Services/Maine Controls.
He was an avid baseball fan and enjoyed going to Red Sox games with his friends. He and his wife were season-ticket holders to the Portland Sea Dogs for 15 years. Horne also researched and wrote baseball crossword puzzle books, and was in the process of completing his third book when he fell ill.
Horne was known for his wonderful sense of humor, quick wit and easygoing manner. He was a 50-year member of the King Hiram Lodge #57, AF&AM, in Dixfield.
He is predeceased by two sisters, Joyce Keyo and Maxine Lyons.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years; a brother, John T., and his wife Elizabeth Horne of Georgetown, Texas; many nieces and nephews; and his cat, Missy.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Conroy-Tully Crawford South Portland Chapel in South Portland. Burial will be private.