Ralph E. Horst, of Canton entered peacefully into rest Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at the age of 72. He was the husband of Dorcas E. (Martin) Horst, to whom he was married 52 years.

He was born on Jan. 16, 1947 in Hagerstown, Maryland, son of the late Irvin and Mable (Martin) Horst. He was a member of the Towanda Creek Mennonite Church of West Franklin, and served as bishop in the church.

He is survived by his wife, Dorcas of Canton; 12 children, Emeline Jones and husband, Robbie of Hephzibah, Georgia, Lyndora Swartzentruber and husband, Jason of Glade Spring, Virginia, James Horst and wife, Marla of Belle Fourche, South Dakota, Timothy Horst and wife, Judy of Rawlins, Wyoming, Joanna Gerber and husband, Luke of Antigo Wisconsin, Kristina Gerber and husband, Marlin of Mt. Stelring, Kentucky, Titus Horst and wife, Sharon of Grayson, Kentucky, Kathaleen Gerber of Thamesville, Ontario, Paul Horst and wife, RuthAnne of Withee, Wisconsin, Arlin Horst and wife, Lynelle of Long Creek, Oregon, Marilyn Mast and husband, Leonard of Pedernales, Mexico, Dale Horst and wife, Stephanie of Fredericksburg; four sisters, Esther Martin and husband, Elvin, Arlene Horst, Orpha Martin and husband, Darrel, Mary Jane Martin and husband, James; and two sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Horst and Joy Horst.

He will be fondly remembered by 71 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

He is preceeded in death by two brothers, Earl Horst and Roy Horst.

The community of friends and family are invited to a viewing from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, at New Life Church, 299 McMurray Road, Canton, and a viewing from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 23, 2019 at Shade Mountain Mennonite Church, 134 Center Road, Mt. Pleasant Mills.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 24, 2019, at God’s Missionary Church, 1653 Creek Road, Middleburg.

As a family, we wish to extend a special thanks to the church family, friends and community who have shared with us during our loss.

A special thanks is extended to the Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 94 N. Center Street, Canton, for assisting the family with arrangements.

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