In Memory Of


Sheldon Layne Hornberger

Jul 18, 1974 - Feb 3, 2021


Saturday, February 20, 2021


It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Sheldon Hornberger suddenly at his home in Sylvan Lake, where he enjoyed a full and happy life with his wife, the love of his life and his anchor, Elizabeth (Liz) Will and their four-legged companion Kubby.

Sheldon enjoyed anything he and Liz did together, along with hunting and fishing, the mud bog races at Rimbey, Tim Horton’s tea and the company that came with it, and a good meal with friends. He had a great, but often twisted, sense of humor and many friends will probably miss the videos and random jokes he would send. He wore his heart on his sleeve and would always be there to help anyone who needed it.

Sheldon is survived by Liz and Kubby, his parents Violet and Thomas Hornberger, his sister Tina Osmond, his brother Trevor Hornberger along with their spouses and numerous nieces and nephews. He will also be missed by father-in-law Kevin Will, mother-in-law April Will and sister-in-law Julie Will and brother-in-law Kyle Will. He is also survived by his children Taylor, Marissa, Dakota and Levi and although he didn’t have a close relationship with them, they were always in his thoughts.

Sheldon will also be missed by his brothers and sisters in the towing community and many close friends in and around Sylvan Lake, most of whom he came to know when he came to their rescue in his work as a tow truck operator.

Many of his fellow Tow Truck operators have organized a memorial procession in Sylvan Lake on February 20, 2021 at 2 p.m. All are welcome to say goodbye along the route (Hwy. 20 north to Lakeshore Drive and south along 50 St.) or check Facebook for a livestream. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, attendees are encouraged to wear masks, physically distance and follow all public health guidelines. Thank you to best friend Matthew Chesney and brother-in-law Kyle Will for organizing this.

Special thanks to the first responders who assisted on the night of his passing. Many of you knew “Shelly” and were affected by the loss of a friend and colleague, yet you were so professional and supportive to Liz.

Thanks also to Kjeryn Dakin, her family and the work family at Bukz/Bukwildz/Doe(s) for financial and emotional support.

And thank-you also to all the friends and family who have reached out to Liz in this time. Your support has been overwhelming and words cannot express how much it has meant to hear the best stories of Sheldon’s life.

Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements. 403-887-2151


Stephen Harding:

I remember serving him at Tim Hortons when I worked there with my wife a few years ago. Always a smile, always a good story. It is such a shock to hear this news and our hearts and prayers are with his family. Rest in Paradise old friend.

Christina Desjardins:

Knew Liz from Walmart and only met Sheldon a couple of times but even said to my husband Joe now that's true love and friendship and I believe anyone that knew Sheldon and Liz could learn a lot about what a true couple looks like.
Good bye to a friend Sheldon gone but never forgotten .
And hugs to your wife Liz and condolences to your parents and sibling prayers to all

Sarah Budgell:

So sorry for your loss Violet ,Tom and Tina and family. Wish I could be there with you all. Know I am thinking about you all. Take care xo

Donna Contois & Family:

We knew Sheldon as a child when his family & ours lived just down the way from each other.
I met Sheldon again in his capacity as Tow Truck Operator & Storage Units Manager.
Sheldon was such a kind hearted person. R.I.P Sheldon. You will be missed. The World needs
more people like you.

Christine MacDonald & Darren Shippelt:

Our deepest condolences tou you Liz, our hearts are with you, and we are here for you...
We will miss "Shelly" his laugh, the good talks and fun, meeting at Tim Hortons for a tea, us coffee..
He was always proud of you Liz, hiw he would talk about you,
Shelly was so kind and gentle hearted, always there to help you when your need, always something to make you laugh.
We will miss you Shelly..
And tons of love to you Liz

Bill and Evelyn DeCoteau-Lalonde:

So very sorry for your loss Tom & Vi Hornberger
and Liz. He will be missed by so many..
He will be in your hearts.My love,and condolences to all. Hugs and prayers.

Tony & Rhonda Jordan:

I first met Sheldon when he was about 8. He used to come over to our place when I was outside working on my vehicles, he’d come and inquire as to what I was working on. Then he’d just hang out and visit. Sheldon was the neighbours kids who we all knew, over time we got to know him well. When we’d rent videos. He’d come in, say hello (remember, he was 8) sit himself between me and my wife Rhonda, sidle up to my bowl of chips or tacos, and get in there. Strangely, me not being real good at sharing my chips, I didn’t mind at all. He was a great kid. My wife and I have snickered to ourselves many times over the year about those times. Sheldon was a joy to watch as he found his way. Over the years we saw him less but when we did we always had a bit of a chinwag. Again, we could see he was making his way. It was good to see.

Sheldon, it was a pleasure, thank you for sharing a bit of yourself with us. Our prayers go out to your family. One day, should we meet again my friend, I know I’ll find you making your way. Lord bless you my friend.

Irene Dryka:

To Liz and Auntie Violet and Uncle Tom, Tina and Trevor and family.
So sorry for your great loss, this is a hard loss with Sheldon being so young. Sheldon reach out to me a couple years ago just before I got sick and we were going to meet up then I got sick and we didn't get our chance I wish I could have had a chance to re connect, he was a great cousin. Sheldon will watch over all of you and will always be in your hearts. But remember he is in a beautiful place with no pain and he is happy and waiting until you see each other again Grandma B will be guiding him. Rest in Peace Sheldon, you will be miss dearly.

May Boettger:

So very sorry this has happened - Sheldon's passing was definitely a shock.
Liz while you are in my thoughts - just know his spirit will always be with you.
He will always be in your heart and you will always have so many memories.

Sue Jackson:

As Byron said..”you are and certainly will be missed “... And I’ll miss making your Earl Grey 2 sugars, double cup!! For the past 4 1/2 years.. to see ya 3-4 times a day..Every not at all.!! Every one was in disbelief and total shock.. heartbroken! RIP my friend...

Byron Tisdale:

Medium Earl Gray two sugar double cup. You will be missed my friend!

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