Mark Eli Horst
Mark Eli Horst
  • 85 years old
  • Date of birth: Dec 15, 1928
  • Place of birth:
    Falfurrias, Texas, United States
  • Date of passing: Feb 20, 2014
  • Place of passing:
    Albany, Oregon, United States
Let the memory of Mark be with us forever

With love and cherished memories, our family celebrates the life of Mark Eli Horst, 85, as he entered his deserved rest with the Lord on February 20, 2014 in Albany, Oregon.  Mark died with Ruth by his side in Lydia’s House, an Alzheimer’s care facility.  Mark and Ruth were married for 60 years having four children; Margaret, Eileen, Daniel, and Paul.  Mark also was Grandpa to eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Mark entered the world December 15, 1928 in Falfurrias, Texas, the last of eight children in a Mennonite home, born to Lehman and Alice Horst.  They moved to the beautiful orange groves of Upland Heights, California at the age of three, along with his best friend, Pluto the dog.  At the age of 18, Mark served his country for 4 years by joining the Army’s 82nd Airborne as a paratrooper.  Upon ending his service, Mark began a career with the Santa Fe Railroad as a brakeman and loved trains until he left the earth.  

When Mark gave his life to Jesus, his life changed forever.  Settling in San Bernardino, California, he met and married his beautiful wife in September, 1953, after only 3 months of courting.  Mark and Ruth had the joy of welcoming their four beloved children there.  Then in 1969 he heard the call from his Savior to enter full-time ministry as the director of the San Bernardino Rescue Mission.  Mark dedicated his life to bringing the good news to the men who had lost hope and found new life in Jesus.

With the close of the San Bernardino Mission in 1976, the Lord moved them to Medford, Oregon to the Rescue Mission there where he served until his retirement in 1993.  Mark and Ruth moved to Albany in 1996 to the Mennonite Village where they remained until his death.

Mark took great joy in his beloved bride, his family and friends.  He was happiest when he could spend a month or so vacationing in Montana with a fly rod in his hand and trout in the fry pan.  He had a penchant for Louis L’ Amour novels, desserts of any kind, gospel quartets, and singing hymns.  Many have remarked lovingly of his infectious smile and beautiful amber eyes. 

Ruthie and family would be greatly blessed if you would share your love
with calls, letters, and leave your memories, pictures, and stories on this site.  In lieu of gifts, however, please make a donation in Mark’s memory with the Medford Gospel Mission at

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Jim Bublat on 5th March 2014

"Dear Mrs. Horst and family;  

One of my fond memories of Mr. Horst happened in Medford when we visited your home over a weekend.  That Saturday night a man scheduled to preach at the Rescue Mission on Sunday morning called Mark to say he would not be able to make it and asked if Mark would fill in for him.  “Yes”, he answered.  After the phone call, Mark asked if I would like to go with him.  “Sure”, I said.  So, the next morning, the two of us went, and for the first time, I got to hear Mr. Horst preach!  I have never forgotten how he began his message!  He said in his loud and confident voice, "Jesus Is Coming Again!  Jesus Is Coming Again!"  He certainly kept the men's attention as he preached the Gospel and encouraged the men to make sure they were ready for the Lord’s return.  

Well, we are truly saddened that, for a time, you will be separated.  But Glory Be to God, it will only be for a time, for the day is coming when you will be reunited with him!  Oh what a day of rejoicing that will be!  

I know this song is your testimony and thought I would send along the words below.  As I type it, I am also singing it with you!          

In times like these, I have a Savior,
In times like these, I have an anchor.
I'm very sure, I'm very sure,
My anchor holds, and grips the Solid Rock.  

This rock is Jesus, Yes he's the One.  
This Rock is Jesus, the Only One.  
I'm very sure, I'm very sure,
My anchor holds, and grips the Solid Rock!

May the Lord continue to encourage you and be your strength!"

This tribute was added by noel horst on 5th March 2014

"rest in peace jour live on earth shall continu in heaven sir M.e. Horst"

This tribute was added by Beverly Boehm on 5th March 2014

"Such a gentle, humble man. I didn't know him well, but his children reflect his character of gentle and quiet spirits. It's a pleasure to know the family and their love for Jesus."

This tribute was added by Nancy Killion-garten on 5th March 2014

"Bob & I were just newlyweds in /CMA church, we are so grateful for the love that was given to us. Thank you Mark & Ruthie for your love of Christ that was shown to us .  Bob & Nancy Garten"

This tribute was added by Barb Blomstrand on 5th March 2014

"Ruth, Eileen and Margaret,
I am sorry for your loss. Loosing a loved one is difficult. I didn't know your dad but having met the three of you in Mexico 4years ago his legacy of life and love has shown through all of you brightly that I know he was a wonderful husband, father and friend. Prayers and hugs your way......"

This tribute was added by Charlotte Aaron on 3rd March 2014

"My memories go back a long long way... to my childhood when us kids along with a lot of the CMA kids would go up to the Horst's and play in the fields behind their house.  There was always lots of food, good times, and Mark was often the LOUD voice of reason in the crowd. Have to laugh here..... Now Markie you are in heaven enjoying your new life.  I know Ruthie misses you something awful, but I know she'd want you to be no other place.  So until you meet again we will try to love on her as much as we can, it will never be the kind you gave her... but she won't be left to her own devices (cause you know she'd just cause trouble).  Thankful and prayerful that Jesus comes back for the rest of us really soon..... Until then... have a great time up in heaven cause when we get there we'll be having more fabulous times.  Love and bunches of angel hugs   Chash"

This tribute was added by William Bear on 3rd March 2014

"Dear Aunt Ruth and Family; Violet and I have so many fond memories of you and uncle Mark when you would come to Ohio in years gone by! It was always a highlight to be with you!. One could never get down in the dumps with your vivacious character and uncle Marks contagious smile!
And as the years passed you were often in our thoughts!
The Horst reunion at your place in Medford was definitely a highlight, and a time we still talk about and cherish.
We want to express our deepest sympathy in your loss! May God be with you as you move forward.
with sincere love for each one: William and Violet (Bucher) Bear"

This tribute was added by Wilmer & Miriam Good on 26th February 2014

"Dear Aunt Ruth, We remember you and Uncle Mark with fondness and the love and humor which you both shared with us when we last visited with you there in your home over our son, Donny's funeral in May 2010. We send to you our love and prayers that our all knowing GOD will be with you and give you his abundant grace in your hour of separation and sadness, We love you ! Come see us when you can !  (Miriam is Harold Bucher's daughter)"

This tribute was added by Liz Good on 26th February 2014

"Great Uncle Mark,,I remember u an Aunt Ruth coming to our house for a visit and u telling many interesting stories. U sat down with us children and asked us how school was going. I have always thought of u as a kind and caring man.I will not forget u as your passing was on my birthday. Heaven got a hero!   (Miriam Bucher daut.)"

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