Willis W. Horst, 90, self-employed builder, Akron Mennonite member, great storyteller

By on September 27, 2017

Willis W. Horst, 90, of Manheim, entered into eternal rest at the Bob Fryer and Family Inpatient Center on Sept. 15, 2017.

Born in Stevens on Nov. 8, 1926, he was the son of the late Ivan S. and Susie L.(Wenger) Horst.

Willis attended Manheim Brethren in Christ Church, and was a member of Akron Mennonite Church.

Willis was a builder by trade, working for Martin and Mohler, before becoming self-employed in the late 1970s. He loved his children and took delight in his grandchildren and his great-grandchildren. He was always ready with a story to tell and a smile on his face. He was an avid bowler, golfer, and hunter before his health declined. Willis leaves a legacy of humility, generosity, steadfast faith, and joy in providing for his family.

Surviving are his wife of eight years: Ethel (Stoppard) Horst; three children: Donald (Rebecca) Horst, Jerry (Sue) Horst, and Linda (George) Martin; as well as 11 grandchildren: Nathan, Cicely, Kristin, Mark, Brandi, Danielle, Chad, Valerie, Lindsey, Shawn, and Austin; and 11 great-grandchildren. Also surviving is a brother: Paul Horst, of Goshen, Ind..

He was preceded in death by his first wife of 17 years, and mother of his children: Ruth (High) Horst; his second wife of 40 years, and loving stepmother and grandmother to his children and grandchildren: Esther M. (Gehman) Horst; a grandson: Joshua Horst; and siblings: Leroy D. Horst, Mervin R. Horst, Ivan R. Horst, Esther M. Diem, J. Irene Witmer, Elva R. Martin, Florence A. Horst, Bertha S. High, Cora E. Hollinger, Grace M. Horst, and Elsie Matz.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the caring staff at Hospice and Community Care.

A service to celebrate Willis’ life will be held Sunday, Oct. 1, at 4 p.m., at the Manheim Brethren in Christ Church Chapel, 54 N. Penryn Road, Manheim, with Pastor Bill Malone officiating. Family will receive friends immediately following the service. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family at the Weaverland Mennonite Cemetery.

If desired, memorial contributions can be made to Mennonite Disaster Service, 583 Airport Road, Lititz, PA 17543.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at stradlingfuneralhome.com.

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