Herbert John Horinek (Herb) died on March 20, 2020, at the age of 70. He was born October 18, 1949, in Ponca City, Oklahoma. He was preceded in death by his father, Leonard Horinek; mother, Lucille Horinek; sister, Teresa Horinek; brother, Dennis Horinek; and son, Joshua Horinek.
Herb is survived by his wife, Jeri Horinek; sons, Jon and Jim; and granddaughter, Luna. He is also survived by brothers, Gary and Chris; and sister, Peggy.
Raised on a farm with his five siblings, he learned the value of hard work, patience and determination. Herb graduated from Newkirk High School and attended Northern Oklahoma Junior College. After graduation he worked as a pump repairman at Conoco Oil Company in Ponca City. After two years he went back to college and graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in agricultural engineering. He later went on to complete an MBA from Cameron University.
He married Jeri Lyn Werneke in August of 1974, and in 1975 moved to Duncan, Oklahoma to begin work as a professional engineer for Halliburton Energy Services. Herb had a forty-year career with Halliburton. His designs included the first automated control unit for oilfield blenders. He traveled to the Arctic, Mexico, and China to train and supervise the operation of the equipment he designed. Herb holds 14 US Patents for oilfield production equipment. He enjoyed many great friendships with his coworkers at Halliburton.
“Either do it right, or don’t do it all,” is a motto he lived by. He strove to live up to that standard in all things. A lifelong learner, every moment was a learning and teaching lesson. Love was shown by imparting knowledge, hard earned wisdom and counsel. This trait molded those around him leaving lasting and meaningful impressions.
Herb loved a good project, at work and at home. The quintessential “Jack of All Trades,” no task was too difficult. He had no knowledge of limits. If he wanted it done, he would simply research, plan and then dive in. He enjoyed making improvements to the family home in Duncan. He was an expert at pouring concrete and moving and leveling dirt. He took pride in a well equipped and tidy workshop. He built a barn, two work sheds, and a garage on the family property. He treated his Gravely Mower, Troy Built Tiller, and John Deere tractor with the respect deserving of a well built machine. Hand tools were never put away dirty and he always said, “If you can’t find it in the garage, it’s because someone moved it.”
Burial will be at Newkirk Cemetery with a private graveside service when the wheat fields are golden.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to: Newkirk High School FFA, 625 W. South Street, Newkirk, OK 74647.
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