Luke Horst

Luke Horst

Monday, June 5th, 1922 Wednesday, January 29th, 2020

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Obituary for Luke L. Horst

Luke L. Horst, 97, a resident of Landis Homes, transitioned to his heavenly home on Wednesday, January 29, 2020. He was the husband of the late Ruth King Horst who died in 2013. Born in Brecknock Twp, Berks County, PA he was the son of the late Elmer K. and Katie Buckwalter Horst.
Luke was ordained as a minister in the Mennonite Church in 1943 and served for 26 years as a pastor at Fairview Mennonite Church in Reading PA. In 1950 he attended a one-year program for ministers at Eastern Mennonite College. In 1969 he was ordained as a bishop in the Bowmansville-Reading District of the Mennonite Church. Following his retirement, he served for one year among the congregations of the Gulf States Conference and for three years as overseer for Lancaster Conference churches in the New England area. For more than 30 years Luke was a board member of The Sword and Trumpet magazine in Harrisonburg VA. His gifts and abilities were also used in service with various parachurch organizations. He was a member of Gehman Mennonite Church.
Luke loved family reunions and family hymn sings. He enjoyed table games, especially Scrabble, and was a competitive player of shuffleboard, pool, quoits and horseshoes. He was an avid reader.
Surviving are six daughters: Naomi wife of James Weaver of Lancaster, Esther wife of Lewis Martin of Reinholds, Ellen Helmuth of Bethlehem, Margaret wife of John David Frost of Stoneville NC, Nancy Perkins of Stoneville NC, and Dorcas wife of Graham Cyster of Lititz; a son Thomas husband of Thelma (Weaver) Horst of Lancaster; 18 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and 3 step grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers, Samuel Horst of Harrisonburg VA and John husband of June Horst of Elizabethtown, and a sister Orpah Kurtz of West Jefferson NC, and by special friend Millie Shellenberger. He was preceded in death by two sons-in-law, Ronald Helmuth and Spencer Perkins, and by six siblings.
A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, February 9, at 2:00 pm at Bowmansville Mennonite Church, 129 Pleasant Valley Road, East Earl PA. Interment will be private and held at the convenience of the family prior to the memorial service. A Viewing will be held on Saturday evening from 5:00 to 8:00 pm in the West Bethany Chapel at Landis Homes, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz PA. The family will also greet friends following the service on Sunday. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Luke’s memory may be made to the Caring Fund at Landis Homes, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz PA 17543.

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  • Visitation

    Saturday, February 8th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Landis Homes West Bethany Chapel
    1001 E. Oregon Road
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    Saturday, February 8th, 2020
    5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Family will greet friends following the service on Sunday.
  • Second Visitation

    Sunday, February 9th, 2020 |
    Bowmansville Mennonite Church
    129 Pleasant Valley Road
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Sunday, February 9th, 2020
    Family will greet friends following the service on Sunday.
  • Service

    Sunday, February 9th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Bowmansville Mennonite Church
    129 Pleasant Valley Road
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    Sunday, February 9th, 2020
  • Interment

    Bowmansville Mennonite Cemetery
    129 Pleasant Valley Road
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Suzanne Schaudel

Just wanted to let you know I am thinking of your family as you grieve for your dad. Naomi, I wanted to come to the time with your family here at Landis Homes, but then was not able. May the memories bring you comfort at this time of farewell.
Comment | Posted at 01:13pm via Condolence

Stan Noll

Bro. Horst was a friend to everyone he ever met. Luke and Ruth Horst loved the unlovely and cared deeply for hurting people. They didn't use a tape machine and when the phone rang they answered it talking to many people who were struggling through life. They'd give each person a word of encouragement and spoke Jesus' love into every situation.

My deepest sympathy is extended to all of Bro. Horst's family at this most difficult time in their lives.

Bro. Horst is in heaven reunited forever with his wife, Ruth and many friends and family members who have gone on before.

Stan Noll
Comment | Posted at 01:26pm via Condolence

Barbara Breidenstein

My sincerest sympathy to your family. I got to meet Mr. Horst when I attended Alsace Mennonite Church. His memory will continue with those of us whose lives he touched. Barbara Breidenstein
Comment | Posted at 09:41am via Condolence

Carolyn Raber

I only met Luke a few times, at King family reunions and at Black Rock Retreat retired pastors retreat, but was always impressed with his kind gracious manner. Prayers for the family in this season of grief but also gratitude for a life well lived. Carolyn (Myers) Raber
Comment | Posted at 09:01pm via Condolence

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