Jonathan Landis Horst, 66, EHS grad, restoration contractor, arrowhead hunter, excellent marksman

By on February 6, 2019

Jonathan Landis Horst, 66, of Robesonia, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, at WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital.

He was the second of five children, born in California, to John and Carolyn (Peterson) Horst; and was the husband of Dawn M. (Nolan) Horst, with whom he shared 18 years of marriage.

Throughout his childhood, he moved several times, and after graduating high school in Ephrata in 1970, spent a “mandatory year” attending college in North Carolina. He later moved west, and worked as a contractor in both Boulder, Colo., and Jackson, Wyo., before finally returning to Pennsylvania in the 1970s.

Jonathan was a self-employed restoration contractor, a job he truly loved. He was a family man who enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was an avid arrowhead hunter, fisherman, and an excellent marksman, using this skill to adequately eradicate the ever-growing squirrel population on his property.

In addition to his wife and parents, Jonathan is survived by a son: Jonathan Ryan Horst of Lebanon; daughter: Stephanie Nicole O’Connor, wife of Eric, of Park City, Utah; stepdaughter: Candra Startzenbach, companion of Ron Nunemaker of Lancaster; daughter-in-law: Amy Weik, fiancée of Shawn Weit of Lititz; six grandchildren: Caela and Julia Startzenbach, Tanner and Olivia Weik, Naomi and Abram O’Connor; a sister: M. Susanne, wife of Gene Brenneman; three brothers: David, companion of Vonnie Lausch; Mark, husband of Luanne Horst; Daniel, husband of Diane Horst; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a son: Dale H. Weik Jr.; and a stepson: Adam Strunk.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at

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  1. Dan

    February 6, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    I have countless memories of time spent with Jon. As thirty-five years have passed, some of the details tend to get embellished or mixed up … but suffice it to say, Jon taught me many, many things. He was my best friend, the older brother I never had. He made fun of me. Reprimanded me when I needed it and sometimes when I didn’t. He stood by me when I needed him most. I was Jon’s best man when he married Dawn and he was mine when Nancy and I got married. Regarding broad general knowledge, Jon was one of the most intelligent people I ever met. His memory will be with me the rest of my days. “Don’t tell me what to do.”

  2. Ted Stehman

    February 7, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    I’ve known Jon for maybe 40 years. He worked for me sometimes and I worked for him sometimes.Alot of our time together we were Hunting and or fly fishing. JON Was A better hunter than me, but I showed him how to fly fish and I question the excellent marksman he ask me to shot his muzzle loader to see where it was shooting. We spent time at Dan’s cabin in Forksville and the cabin on Scout Road.I even went to visit Stephanie in Utah with Jon and fished the Provo river and a stream in Colorado.He was a good friend and I will miss him and his phone calls. Love you Jon.

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