William August Hornung, a telephone company employee active in the Special Olympics for 29 years, died of cancer Friday at his Reisterstown home. He was 69.
A Baltimore native, he graduated from Forest Park High School in 1954 and worked for the Western Electric Co., which was then part of American Telephone and Telegraph Co.
He served in the Army and Army Reserves from 1956 until 1962. He was stationed at Fort Gordon, Ga., and Fort Jackson., S.C., and spent one year in Germany. In 1958, he moved into an Army landing-craft unit in Curtis Bay. He was a staff sergeant when he received an honorable discharge.
In 1964, he married Kay Voss.
After a 41-year career as an installer and estimator in the Baltimore area, he retired from AT&T.;
He was a coach in several sports and skills areas for Special Olympics. He served as treasurer for the Baltimore County Special Olympics and worked at the information booth at the Maryland Special Olympics.
He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers, a service organization of communications workers.
He made and procured adaptive equipment for disabled children. The items included a sound-operated train, adaptive headbands and cassette players, and a hand-operated tricycle, as well as telephones to teach handicapped children how to reach 911. Items were used for education, speech and physical therapy, and recreation around the Baltimore area.
He was active in Cub Scout Troop 980 in Reisterstown when his children were young, serving as a Webelos leader for several years.
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Reisterstown, where he served on the property committee. He planted flowerbeds at the church.
He was in the Box 414 Association, an organization that gives refreshments to firefighters working a second-alarm fire or higher, in Baltimore City.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. today at Eckhardt Funeral Chapel, 11605 Reisterstown Road, Owings Mills.
In addition to his wife of 39 years, survivors include two sons, Robert W. Hornung of Owings Mills and Donald G. Hornung of Reisterstown, and a brother, Henry P. Hornung Jr. of Catonsville.