February 6, 1931 - February 27, 2019
Kenneth W. Barhorst,
Age 88, of E. Park Street, Fort Loramie, passed away of natural causes Wednesday afternoon, February 27, 2019, at Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Community in St. Marys, Ohio. He was born February 6, 1931, in Houston, Ohio, to the late Frank J. and Rosemary (Couchot) Barhorst. On September 17, 1953, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Osgood, Ken married Dorothy M. (Rethman) Barhorst who survives. Also surviving are three children, Douglas & Janet Barhorst of Celina, Angela & Dennis Everman of Maria Stein and Gregg & Mary Barhorst of Maria Stein; eight grandchildren: Aaron & Rachel Barhorst, Chad Barhorst & fiancee Lindsey Conners, Jase & Jodi Barhorst, Brent & Ashley Everman, Wesley & Katelyn Everman, Jenna & Nick Boeckman, Megan Barhorst, and Alex & Cheyla Barhorst; eleven great-grandchildren and two expected great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Norma Barhorst of Minster as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three siblings: Rita & Urban Gaier, Harold "Bud" Barhorst and Lionel Barhorst as well as brothers & sisters-in-law, Edward & Marjorie Rethman and Joan & Richard Hilgefort.
Mr. Barhorst was a US Air Force Veteran of the Korean War. He began his career in sales at 7-Up of Dayton where he had been employed from 1956 to 1973. He then worked for Wolf's Tire of Celina until he retired in 1993. After retiring, Ken worked with his son at Barhorst Woodworks for several years and also drove truck for Western Ohio Metal Finishers of Minster. He was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church where he served on the parish council and had been a lector for more than 40 years. He belonged to the Fort Loramie American Legion Post #355 and also served on the Shelby County United Way Board. Ken enjoyed woodworking, visiting with family and had been a charter member of the Tinnerman Dancing Fans Club.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM, Monday, March 4, 2019, at St. Michael Church in Fort Loramie with Rev. Steven Shoup presiding. Interment will follow at St. Michael's Cemetery with military honors provided by the American Legion. Friends may call Sunday 3:00 to 7:00 PM and Monday 9:00 to 10:00 AM at Gehret Funeral Home in Fort Loramie. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Fort Loramie Rescue Squad or charity of choice. Private condolences may be expressed at www.gehretfuneralhome.com.