RUTHVEN -- Fneral service for Galen "Trigger" Horst of Ruthven was Saturday, Feb. 25, at Zion Lutheran Church in Ruthven. The Rev. Tom Summerfield officiated.
Burial was in Crown Hill Cemetery, Ruthven. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Ruthven was in charge of arrangements.
Galen (Trigger) Horst was born June 20, 1951 to Leighton and Wanda (Simington) Horst. Growing up he lived in many parts of the country because his father was a career Navy man. The family returned to the Ruthven area where he graduated in 1969.
He married Patricia Studer and they were blessed with three children, Chris, Dustin, and Molly and four grandchildren Autumn, Austin, Shaylee, and Joseph. Trigger worked as a carpenter all his life after learning the trade from his father. He in turn taught his children and grandson Austin.
He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and all around outdoorsman. Trigger loved the time he spent serving as the campground host at Lost Island. Trigger enjoyed his many pets including Daphne, the baby coon that adopted him. More than anything Trigger relished the time spent with family, friends, and the children who adored him. He was always the first "cub scout" to go to the lock-ins at the Y with the boys. He loved the time he spent at SYC as a hunting guide for the disabled children and the trips with the Teen Serve kids to volunteer time helping people repair their homes.
Trigger died on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 after a long battle with cancer. He was 60 years old.
He was preceded in death by his father Lug Horst, daughter Katie Jean, and grandson Jacob Lee.
He is survived by his mother Wanda; wife Pat; his children Dewy (Shona), Dusty (Melissa), Molly (Kendal) Baschke; his grandchildren Autumn, Austin, Shaylee, and Joseph; siblings Sue Sampson, Leah Cacek, Nett Lowman, Jessica (Noke) Berger, Diana Knuth, Bill Horst, and many other relatives and friends.
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