“Al” Albert J. Barhorst, 85, of North Frankfort Street, Minster, passed away on Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, of natural causes at the Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys.
He was born on July 21, 1926, in Fort Loramie, to Albert H. and Anna (Barlage) Barhorst, and they preceded him in death.
On Nov. 26, 1949, at St. Augustine Church in Minster, he married Martha (Bornhorst) Barhorst, and she preceded him in death on June 18, 2010.
He is survived by two daughters, Lynda Barhorst of Hudson, Fla., and Deb and Kevin Ranly of Sidney; five grandchildren, Jennifer and Michael Skinner, Ryan Schoby, Makenzie and Trey Ranly; four great-grandchildren, Gavin Skinner, Tyler, Dylan and Collin Schoby; two great-stepgrandchildren, Tyler and Nathan Skinner; five siblings, Alma Mangen of New Bremen, Norma Koverman of Van Wert, Carl and Eileen Barhorst of Fort Loramie, Ernie and Joann Barhorst of Fort Loramie and Joann Vondenhuevel of Minster; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Quinlin of Fort Loramie.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Harold Barhorst; six brothers and sisters-in-law, Orville Mangen, LeRoy Koverman, Vern Vondenhuevel, Jim Quinlin, Don and Pat Bornhorst.
Mr. Barhorst was a U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II.
He attended St. Augustine Catholic Church and was a member of the Minster Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6432, Minster American Legion Post 2012 and the New Bremen Rod and Gun Club.
Mr. Barhorst was retired from Sidney Tool and Die, where he had been a tool and die inspector for many years. Additionally, Al and his late wife Marty owned and operated the former Home Service Cleaners in Minster.
Al enjoyed floral gardening and had also been an avid sportsman.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Augustine Church in Minster, with the Rev. Rick Nieberding officiating. Interment will follow at St. Augustine Cemetery with full military honors by the Minster Veterans Firing Squad.
Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Gehret Funeral Home in Fort Loramie.
Memorials may be made to Grand Lake Hospice or to the charity of donor’s choice. Condolences may be expressed at Gehretfuneralhome.com.