Dr. Bruce M. Van Horn
Services for Dr. Bruce McMillan Van Horn, 80, of Ada are at 2 p.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church, Rev. Brian Matthews will officiate. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Dr. Van Horn passed away Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, at an Oklahoma City hospital. He was born Feb. 25, 1939, at Oklahoma City to Archibald and Etti Kershaw Van Horn. He attended school in Oklahoma City and graduated from the University of Oklahoma Medical School. He moved to Ada about 1970.
He married Sherry Woolly Sutton on June 3, 1983. Dr. Van Horn was a Pathologist at Valley View Regional Hospital (later Mercy Hospital) for 49 years. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and was an avid Ada High School Cougars and O.U. Football fan. He recently received a "Lifetime Achievement Award" from the College of American Pathologists. Dr. Van Horn placed second in the World Series of Poker in 1996.
Survivors include his wife, Sherry, of the home; five sons, Bruce Van Horn and his wife, Karina, of Dallas, Patrick Van Horn, of Oklahoma City, Bruce Sutton and his wife, Lindsay, of Choctaw, Clint Sutton and his wife, Brooke, of Ada and Archie Van Horn and his wife, Janessa, of Ada; his grandchildren, Kathryn, Phoebe, Kamryn, Kynlee, Ashlyn, Kadyn, Gage and Molly; and his mother-in-law, Louise Woolly.
Bearers will be Casey Gentry, Jamie Hart, Matt Newcombe, Skippy Hart, Tanner Landrum and Cody Hill. Honorary bearers will be the members of the Homebuilders Sunday School Class.
The family says those who wish may make memorials to the First United Methodist Church Memorial Funds, P. O. Box 566, Ada, OK 74821.
Published on October 22, 2019


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Ken Johnson
Oct 28, 2019
Bruce & I we’re ATO Fraternity Brothers at OU. ATO beginning to end. Bruce had a good life , will be missed & remembered.Deepest Condolence to family & friends 🙏
Trudi Freeland
Oct 26, 2019
Sherry, I just heard news. I will always remember how friendly and gracious that Bruce was as a physician and a person. A “charter member” of my dad’s poker group ❤️ In the day. Keeping you and your family in thoughts & prayers!
Jerry Russell
Oct 24, 2019
Jack and I are so very sorry for your loss. May God's comfort be with your during this time, and the coming days.
Ed Majors
Oct 23, 2019
I’ll never forget the first time we met. I was a relatively young med tech and you were our brand new pathologist. You simply said I’m Bruce and shook my hand. The beginning of a good friendship. For several years after that, you and I attended several workshops together. You would want to go to nicer restaurants and I would be on a $25 per diem. Without fail you would pay for dinner. Several years later I had moved away, when you, Rick Coleman and I all attended a hospital conference at The Woodlands. After dinner the three of us went to the hotel bar after dinner. We laughed and had a great time visiting. Later I said I was headed off to my room and told them to just sign my na
...me to the tab. You can’t imagine my shock the next morning when I went to pay my bill. I should have known that there would eventually be a payback.
Thank you for all the great times and wonderful memories.
Dee D Dee

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Janee Van Horn
Oct 22, 2019
My Uncle Bruce was a friend to me when I needed one. And I will always be grateful. My first memory of him is in our home in Norman. Brian was born, still in the hospital with my mama. He came to hang out with my dad. We lived on Monett right next to OU campus. He was the typical college frat boy, and I was like ' who is this person who can laugh and laugh with my dad.' My grandma really worried about him not getting into Medical school, because if he just wanted to have fun.

In the early days, 1981, he became my friend. And I was his true friend. I took care of Patrick three days a week for a semester. We loved having Patrick in our lives. And I want to share we have sweet memories of Br
...ucie the first son too. He too, was always a blessing to us. And then we had the privilege to know little Bruce and Clint. I was the babysitter while Bruce and Sherry dated. And my girls loved Bruce and Clint, sweetest little boys ever, and still are. We will all be sad you are gone, but not like all your sons most of all Archie. I am sorry for your loss.
God Bless you Uncle Bruce. I always loved you as your niece, even though you were as quiet as your dad whom I loved so much too. Now Grandma Ettie and Grandpa Archie are with you. They were a big part of my life. I am sad to say good-bye to you all. Tell my dad we miss him too. Aunt Louise and Aunt Ann will be smiling when you all gather round. May there be an apricot tree in heaven. Tell grandma I miss her home and all we shared. She was a wonderful grandma to me. The memories for all my family are very real.
May peace be with you all as everyone says good-bye. I send my heartfelt love to everyone ‘for' your dad who helped me when I needed it most.
I hope the joy of a new day blesses everyone's life and may we give to others 'who need our help the most.'
Your niece,
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