Shawn James Horstman

WALPOLE, MASS. –Shawn James Horstman, 50, of Walpole, Mass., died Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021. He fought a month-long battle with COVID and succumbed peacefully with his wife, Kristi, by his side.

Shawn was born March 20, 1970, and was the loving son of the late James (Jim) Horstman and Beverly Horstman (Tasker) of Venice, FL.

Shawn was a 1988 graduate of Salem High School, in Salem Ohio, and in his youth was an avid swimmer and loved playing football.

He was an overprotective, doting older brother, who was always proud of Heather. He was a dedicated son to both his mother and father, and had a deep love for his entire family.

Shawn attended The Ohio State University and was an avid Buckeyes fan. Shawn enjoyed snowboarding, and Killington, VT was a favorite destination. This is where he met his wife Kristi. They were friends for over a decade before pledging their vows to one another.

Shawn, known for his charisma and outgoing personality, was a friend who would’ve given you the coat off his back. He never met a stranger. Kindness abounded from him. He lived his life with abandon.

Shawn lived life to its fullest while he lived his 50 years. Though painfully unfair that his vibrant life is cut short, heaven gained an angel.

Shawn is survived by his wife Kristi Horstman (Coleman); his mother, Beverly Horstman (Tasker); a sister , Heather Antolak (Horstman) of St. Augustine, FL; a niece, Kate Antolak, and a nephew, Talon Antolak. He is also survived by his aunts: Barbara Wuchter (Tasker) of Seattle, WA; Marilyn Keener (Tasker); and Donna Tasker, both of Salem, Ohio. His Godparents, Janice and John Paumier, of Salem, also survive him. He also leaves behind Kristi’s family: his mother-in law Sheri Coleman; brother and sister-in-laws, Eric Coleman and Jodi Coleman; and his niece, Kendyl Coleman, all of Buffalo, NY. He is preceded in death by the late Robert Coleman, his father-in law, who grew up in Kensington, OH, coincidentally.

Due to COVID, there will sadly be no service. Instead, his lovely wife Kristi plans to take a cross-country road trip when it is safe to do so, visiting special people and special places to Shawn.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Salem High School Alumni Association, in memory of Shawn Horstman, 330 East State Street, Salem Ohio 44460, or you can donate online: www. salemohioalumni.org/donate.