He graduated from Lorain High School with the Class of 1975 and went on to receive his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1980. While enrolled at the university he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.
Following his graduation, Dan was first employed as a Probation Officer for the Lorain County Court System. He later served as a sales representative for the Michigan based Keller Products Company.
At the time of his death, he was the owner of a variety of local businesses, including: Cliff Brown Carpet Cleaning, Dano’s Pizza, Raven Blacktopping, Precision Property Management, and Sebastian’s Nite Club of North Ridgeville .
Dan was a lover of animals who enjoyed listening to music as well as playing darts in his free time. In 2001, his dart team won the O.V.I. World Championship title during competition in Las Vegas , Nevada.
Dan was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by his numerous friends and especially his family, including his mother, Violet Horvath (nee DeSantis) of Lorain; his sister, Linda (Alan) Irwin residing in North Ridgeville; his companion, Leann Nielsen also of North Ridgeville; his brother-in-law, Nick (Kathie) Chlepciak; his sons, Jonathan (Julie) Shoemaker, Justin Bilyj and Jason (Liz) Bilyj; his daughters, Ashley Bilyj and Brittany (Brian) Ferguson; his grandsons, Tyler Shoemaker and Alexander Bilyj; his granddaughters, Alexis Shoemaker and Sabrina Bilyj; his nephew, Mark (Brittany) Irwin; and nieces, Lauren and Julie Chlepciak, and Jennifer (Brian) Slife.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Debra (nee Chlepciak); and father, Ernest “Butch” Horvath.
Visitation will be Tuesday, June 4, 2013 from 4 to 8 P.M. in the Gluvna-Shimo-Hromada Funeral Chapel, 3224 Broadway Ave., Lorain. Funeral service will be Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 11 A.M. in the funeral chapel. Rev. John C. Retar, Pastor of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini parish will officiate. Burial will follow in Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Amherst Township.
Memorial contributions are encouraged to either the Animal Protective League of Lorain County, 8303 Murray Ridge Rd., Elyria, OH 44035; or to The American Cancer Society, 10501 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106 to honor his late wife’s memory.