Pa. man recalled as caring, giving

May 15, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

FORT LOUDON, Pa. - Three weeks before the accident that claimed Kevin Horst's life, the 33-year-old Fort Loudon man was in Biloxi, Miss., rebuilding homes and seeing firsthand how you can lose everything in an instant, his father said Sunday.

Now Horst's family, friends and church are remembering a caring and giving man, while knowing he lived each day without taking it for granted, Edward Horst said.

"We live for the Lord today," Edward Horst said.

Kevin Horst was riding a motorcycle that crossed into oncoming traffic on Pa. 75 in Franklin County last Friday, hitting one vehicle and being struck by a second. He was pronounced dead at Chambersburg (Pa.) Hospital shortly thereafter, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

"He just bought that motorcycle two weeks ago, and that was the first day he took it to work," Edward Horst said.


His son had never owned a motorcycle before but purchased it due to the increasing cost of gas, he said.

Kevin Horst was a trim carpenter, who performed detailed, fine work around the windows and doors of new homes. He learned the trade under the guidance of a Chambersburg contractor, then became self-employed, his father said.

"Everybody loved him," Edward Horst said.

Kevin Horst was active in Mountain View Mennonite Church in McConnellsburg, Pa., and was administrator of the church's school and superintendent of the Sunday school. Kevin Horst's father said his son worked well with young people and had four children of his own.

Last fall, for the first time, Kevin Horst took one of his sons hunting with him. He hunted deer almost every week between October and mid-December and enjoyed the outdoors, Edward Horst said of his son.

In addition to his recent work on the Gulf Coast, Kevin Horst visited Haiti through missions.

"I think he learned a lot about things on this earth," Edward Horst said.

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