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Edward James Horton

March 7, 2023
Kalamazoo, MI




Edward James "EJ" Horton, age 54, passed away suddenly on March 7, 2023, in Kalamazoo, MI. He was born March 29, 1968, in Big Rapids, MI, son of Edward "Doc" Horton and Kristy Wittum.

EJ worked in the automotive industry for most of his adult life, honing many skills of the trade. He was an extremely conscientious worker, always going beyond what was required and striving to do his very best. EJ was a true sports enthusiast, playing baseball from a young age and excelling as shortstop at Loy Norrix. He once led the Greater Kalamazoo teams in slugging home runs, which led to a baseball scholarship to attend WMU. He was an avid fan of U of M football, typically wearing his Michigan shirt or sweater along with his beloved Michigan hat. He followed Tom Brady, watching his favorite quarterback at U of M and then onto NFL success in many Super Bowls. EJ enjoyed playing golf with family and friends every chance he could, using his old, familiar clubs for good luck. He was content and in his element on the golf course and glued to the TV when his favorite, Tiger Woods, played.

Preceded in death by stepfather, Merwin Wittum, and loving uncle, Ralph Horton. Survived by his father, Edward (Joann) Horton of Paw Paw, MI, and mother, Kristy Wittum, Kalamazoo, MI; wife, April Horton of Waxhaw, NC; brother, Jason (Kim) Horton of Phenix City, AL; step-brother, Rob (Cindy) Johnson of New Baltimore, MI; two children, Damon Horton and Kathleen Branstetter; three step-children, Scott Taylor, Shane Taylor and Luke Lopez; three grandchildren, Jameson Burger, Waylon Bailey and Hudson Bailey, along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and many cousins.

EJ was a fun-loving, gentle soul who viewed life with a positive attitude. Despite the rough roads he encountered along his journey, he was an inspiration to many fellow travelers and shared his loving spirit, helping others find their way. He found solace in the word of the Lord, and now he is basking in His Light. Having left us too soon, EJ will truly be missed by his family and friends.

A private, family graveside service will be held this Spring.