Horbal, Randolph Michael “Boots” died unexpectedly at home of natural causes on December 26, 2021. Born June 16, 1952 in Johnstown, son of the late Nicholas and Greta Jackie (Spangler) Horbal. Preceded in death by parents and sister-in-law Patti (Johnson) Horbal.
Survived by brothers Steven, Gregory, George and Marianne (Migut) Johnstown; Barry, Arvada, Colorado; sisters Andrea, Debra Costlow (Gary), MaryAnn Savering (Michael “Fox”) Johnstown, and Jacqueline Waltos (Raymond “Hap”) Ogletown. Also survived by nieces Rebecca Horbal Dunham (Zach) Pittsburgh, Rachel Costlow & Dan, Ashburn VA and nephew Tyler Costlow, Clarion PA.
A 1970 graduate of Ferndale Area High School, Randy continued his education earning a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science and International Relations and a Master of Arts in Public Relations and Advertising. Randy was a Vietnam-era Veteran who served in the U.S. Army 3rd Brigade Infantry Division and received the Army Commendation Medal and the National Defense Ribbon.
In the early years he was employed at Harris and Boyer Bakery in Morrelleville and Schultz Brothers in Cambria City. Randy then did freelance work and independent consulting so he could spend time doing what he enjoyed. He created his own small businesses both domestic and abroad: Austro Hungarian Empire Cuisines and Novelties, Randy’s Antiques and Collectibles and Allaurel Floral where he grew, cultivated and sold various plants and flowers throughout the Central Pa. and Pittsburgh areas. Owning his own businesses allowed him to set his own schedule and many of his business relationships became friendships over the years.
He published a book, “Gourmet Pierogie and Savory Folklore Sauces: A Feast of World Cultures”, and created a pierogie cartoon family with several friends and characters designed for marketing and tourism purposes.
Randy traveled extensively throughout Asia and Europe including annual visits to Germany and Austria to ski and visit friends. Randy was very proud of his Carpatho-Rusyn heritage and he twice visited the birthplace of our grandparents in Slovakia. He documented all of his travels with narratives, video, and photography. He was a member of various social clubs throughout the Johnstown and Pittsburgh areas and he could often be found at flea markets and ethnic festivals.
A private service and burial was held for the family at the Cathedral Cemetery, Father Robert Buczak presided. Donations in Randy’s memory may be made to Christ the Saviour Orthodox Church, 300 Garfield St. Johnstown, PA 15906.
Condolences to the family can be sent to: Family of Randy Horbal, c/o 106 Burley Street, Johnstown, PA 15906
Arrangements in care of Moskal-Reid Funeral Home: https://www.moskal-reidfh.com/
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