Herbert Horn, a Navy veteran and former typographer, died of congestive heart failure on Sept. 16 at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London, Conn. He was 79. A resident of Norwich, Conn., he was a lifelong devotee of Montauk, where he would often visit family with his wife, Penelope Kabisch-Horn, who grew up in East Hampton.
Mr. Horn was born in Brooklyn on Sept. 3, 1932, to Irving Horn and the former Faye Cohen. He used to joke that his mother was in labor on Labor Day, his wife said.
He spent much of his youth in the Catskills, working as summer help at various resorts. He would also ride horses on beach paths in Canarsie near what is now Kennedy Airport.
On Coney Island, “He would walk the boardwalk and sift the sands for money to buy a soda and a hot dog at Nathan’s,” Ms. Kabisch-Horn said. “He would treat himself and friends to rides or go outside Ebbets Field and get the baseballs that came over the fence.”
In 1952, Mr. Horn joined the Navy, serving as a firefighter aboard the U.S.S. Franklin Delano Roosevelt aircraft carrier during the Korean War.
He would go on to work as a typographer, his last position being at The New York Times before the newspaper converted to a computerized system. He was a member of the Communications Workers of America and the International Typographical Union as well as Disabled American Veterans.
Mr. Horn “loved being a people person; he never met a person he couldn’t talk to,” Ms. Kabisch-Horn said. He was also passionate about traveling and watching basketball, she said.
In addition to his wife, he leaves a daughter, Robin Horn-Driscoll of Brooklyn, a stepson, Robert Kabisch of Montauk, a brother, Leonard Horn of Boca Raton, Fla., and a sister, Barbara Handelman of Bowie, Md. Three grandchildren also survive.
Mr. Horn had a sister who died as an infant. A son, Craig Horn, died in 2000.
A graveside service with full military honors was held on Sept. 23 at Calverton National Cemetery.
The family has asked that memorial donations be made to the New England Congenital Cardiology Research Foundation, 111 Colchester Avenue, Burlington, Vt. 05401.