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On January 23rd, 2018, Edwin Lewis Horst, age 83, passed into eternal rest at CarePartners Solace Center in Asheville, NC. He was the son of the late Miles and Kathryn Reitz Horst.
Edwin attended Lebanon High School in Lebanon, PA; continued his education at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School, Bachelor of Science in Economics; and was Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity Treasurer; Averett College, Danville, Virginia, Master of Business Administration. He was Averett's first international exchange student, studying in Manchester, England and at Carl Marx University, Budapest, Hungary.
Edwin served as Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves. He worked at Ford Motor Company in Birmingham, Michigan as a Marketing Agent; Hershey Foods in Hershey, Pennsylvania as an Assistant to the Corporate Secretary; Durkee Spices in Cleveland, Ohio as a Marketing Agent; Lebanon Chemical Company in Myerstown, Pennsylvania as a Financial Analyst; US-AID in setting up Agriculture Transportation Systems in the farming areas of the Country of Poland; King Fahad Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia as a Financial Analyst; Higher College for Men, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, UAE where he taught Business Administration. He was a member of the Burnsville Seventh Day Adventist Church, sang in several choirs, served as a Church Deacon, sang bass in eleven operas and served as a missionary in Nicaragua. He traveled to many countries including Africa, Poland, Saudi Arabia, England, United Arabic Emirates, Russia and Iran. His favorite past time was gardening and reading. His computer was his window to the world.
Left to cherish his memories are his loving and devoted wife, Lois Doniese Johnson Herb; two sons: Bailey Neel Horst (Sue Ann), Miles Horst (Carole); three daughters: Kathryn Cody (Thomas), Dr. Martha Horst (Lane Crothers) and by marriage, Wanda Herb Garrett (William); twelve grandchildren: Thomas Cody, Jack Cody, Callison Cody, Jennifer Horst, Matthew Horst, Virginia Crothers, Austin Crothers, Josie Horst, Elli Horst and by marriage: Dr. William Garrett (Vivian), Thomas Garrett (Sharon) and Karen Rogers (Shane); a sister, Nancy Rexrode (Dr. William Rexrode); a brother-in-law, William Douglas Johnson (Nell) and two nieces: Dr. Kathryn Rexrode (Steven) and Betty Rexrode (Michael Chirigos).
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 27th in the Chapel of Yancey Funeral Services. The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Hunter Cemetery. Following the services a reception will be held in the First Baptist Church of Burnsville Social Hall at 11 Town Square, Burnsville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to either the Burnsville Seventh Day Adventist Church Building Fund C/O Connie Bruce at 445 Cliffs Ivy Road, Burnsville, NC 28714 or to the Mission Rathbun House at 121 Sherwood Road, Asheville, NC 28803.