John Vander Horst Jr., businessman

He had been a hardware store executive

September 30, 2012|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

John Vander Horst Jr., a former hardware store executive, died Sept. 8 in Charleston, S.C., where he was recuperating from triple bypass surgery.

The former Owings Mills and Roland Park resident was 69.

The son of the Episcopal bishop of Tennessee and a homemaker, Mr. Vander Horst was born in Philadelphia and raised in Ellicott City, Macon, Ga., and Chattanooga, Tenn.

After graduating in 1961 from what is now Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Conn., he attended Sewanee: The University of the South, in Sewanee, Tenn.

He moved to Baltimore in the mid-1960s and went to work for Wm. H. Cole and Sons, a family-owned hardware business that had been founded in 1856, eventually becoming its president. The business was closed in the late 1980s.

Mr. Vander Horst studied at Union Theological Seminary in New York City in the early 1990s, and since 1995, had been living in Charleston.

He had been a communicant of Old St. Paul's Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Ruxton, where he had been a member of the vestry.

Mr. Vander Horst was a volunteer at Our Daily Bread and Jacobs Well.

He was a genealogist and traced his lineage in Charleston back eight generations, said his former wife, Kathleen Purcell, who lives in Dickeyville.

He was also a member of the Society of the Cincinnati. His ancestor Maj. John Vander Horst had served with the 2nd Regiment, the South Carolina Continental Line, during the Revolutionary War.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Boyce and Carrollton avenues, Ruxton.

Surviving are a brother, Allston Vander Horst of Centerville, Tenn., a sister, Helen Vander Horst Keese of Knoxville; and many nieces and nephews.

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