Karen M. Hornbuckle, 57, of Bettendorf, died Tuesday, May 1, 2007, at University
of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, following a brief battle with sarcoma.
Services to celebrate Karen's life will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, May 5, at St. John's
United Methodist Church, 14th and Brady, Davenport. Visitation will be held from 3
to 8 p.m. Friday at Weerts Funeral Home, Kimberly at Jersey Ridge, Davenport.
Burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park. The family requests that memorials, in
lieu of flowers, be made to the Children's Therapy Center of the Quad Cities or to
the Scott County Humane Society.
Karen was born in Waukon, Iowa, a daughter of Fred and Bettie Mueller. She married Mark
Hornbuckle on July 19, 1969, at St. John's United Methodist Church in Davenport.
From the time she was a little girl, saving animals and singing in the church choir until her final
breath, Karen was a nurturer. To put into words all that she was is simply inadequate. She was the
most selfless person we have ever known, and she was the best of us. With the lessons she planted
in everyone she touched, she will continue to nurture, and we will carry her with us forever. "Her
boys" are deeply honored to have been her sons. Thanks, Mom.
She is lovingly remembered by her husband, Mark Hornbuckle; son and daughter-in-law, Todd
and Stacy Hornbuckle and their children, Madison and Jake, and son and daughter-in-law, Ryan
and Michelle Hornbuckle and their children, Connor, Kellen and Nathan, all of Bettendorf; father,
Fred Mueller, Davenport, and her mother, Bettie Mueller, Bettendorf; sister and brother-in-law,
Jeanine and Bud Blevins, Davenport; sister, Lucy Ohlensehlen, Bettendorf; brothers and sisters-in-
law, Richard and Kathy Mueller, Davenport, and Rex and Debbie Mueller, Mesa, Ariz.; sister-in-
law, Jan (Sonny) Goettsch, Long Grove; brother-in-law, Jack (Rochelle) Hornbuckle, Morton, Ill.;
and many special nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a nephew, Dreu Ohlensehlen;
and her parents-in-law, Robert and Ruth Hornbuckle.
Mark would like to thank all those, including family, who called in recent weeks wishing to visit
with Karen or help in some way. Although she was just unable to visit during this time due to her
illness, just knowing that so many friends and family were thinking of her provided her great
comfort. Special thanks to the doctors and nurses at the University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City
for their special care, and to Dr. Mike (with both hats) and Mary Anne Gimbel and Bob and Gena
Walter for their care, compassion and special friendship.
Karen's daughters-in-law, Stacy and Michelle, have compiled her journey through a CarePage
journal. The family invites you to visit this journal at: www.carepages.com, listed under
Online condolences may be expressed to Karen's family by visiting her obituary at