February 12, 1934 ~ November 28, 2017
Tory Bingham Horton, 83, formerly a resident of Harper Woods, Michigan, died on November 28, 2017 from complications of dementia at The Alzheimer’s Resource Center in Southington, Connecticut. Tory was born in Peekskill, New York on February 12, 1934 to Philip Horton and Ariel Camp Hodgson. Tory served in the US Navy submarine service and received a bachelor’s degree from Duke University in 1960. He moved to Coldwater, Michigan in 1969, where he was employed by the State of Michigan for 28 years as a social worker. He retired from Oakland County adult protective services in 1997. Tory was active in the gay community as a “buddy” for HIV /AIDS patients at the height of the AIDS epidemic. He was a student of the Holocaust and was a docent in training at The Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills, Michigan prior to his illness. Tory was a passionate animal lover and a champion of many social causes. He is survived by four daughters: Heidi (John) Sward of Hamden, Connecticut, Bettina Ufkes of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Rebecca Lewis (Thomas) of Holt, Michigan, and Marnie Horton (Daniel Grabowski) of Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is also survived by his former wife, Donna Beebe Grosenbaugh, and 12 grandchildren: Meghan (Hans) Heikkinen, Andrew Sward, Evan Ufkes, Emilee Krish, Jonathan Krish, Lauren Ufkes, Erin Sward, Olivia Krish, Jackson Diehm, Matthew Krish, Lukas Diehm and Chloe Diehm. In addition to many dear friends and extended family, Tory leaves to cherish his memory a brother, David Horton (Miriam), of Lexington Massachusetts, a sister, Gia Schifano, and a stepmother, Florence Horton, both of New Hyde Park, New York, as well as three nephews and a niece. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Richard Horton, and his grandson Nicolas Krish. We would like to thank the wonderful staff at The Alzheimer’s Resource Center for the loving and excellent care he received in the last months of his life. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to any charity of your choice or to the specific ones listed here: ACLU (www.aclu.org) Southern Poverty Law Center (www.splcenter.org) Human Rights Campaign (www.hrc.org) Anti-Defamation League (www.adl.org) Alzheimers Resource Center (www.arc-ct.org) A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 2:00 PM at the Kellogg Center, 219 South Harrison Road, East Lansing, Michigan. Arrangements in care of Beecher & Bennett Funeral Home, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT. To send a condolence to his family, please see: www.beecherandbennett.com.