Urias S. Horst, 91, military officer, Pennsylvania trooper

September 13, 2006

Urias S. Horst, a retired military officer and former Owings Mills resident, died of heart failure Sept. 5 - his 91st birthday - at a nursing home in Duncannon, Pa.

Mr. Horst was born in Reading, Pa., and was raised in Annville, Pa. He joined the Army in 1935 and served for two years before becoming a trooper with the Pennsylvania State Police.

In 1942, he re-enlisted in the Army and served in covert operations in the Pacific and later in Korea during the Korean War. He retired as a major in 1962.

Mr. Horst lived for 35 years in Owings Mills, where he built his home and a barn. He was an accomplished stoneworker and enjoyed raising flowers and vegetables and collecting antiques.

Services are private.

Surviving are his wife of 10 years, the former Mary Delgrande of Kennett Square, Pa.; a brother, David R. Horst of Camp Hill, Pa.; and two sisters, Miriam Lake of Palmyra, Pa., and Violet May Lotz of Portage, Mich. His wife of 30 years, the former Charlotte Zink, died in 1991.

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