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By Jerry Vondas
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, 12:01 a.m.
 

To the Rev. Howard Foust, a Church of the Nazarene minister, there was no excuse for missing a church service on Sunday except illness or your job.

“If you told my father that you didn't attend church because you didn't have a ride, he'd be at your home on Sunday morning ready to give you a lift,” said Thomas Foust of Anchorage, Alaska.

The Rev. Howard F. Foust of Mineral Point, Cambria County, formerly of West Deer, died on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, in Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown. He was 65.

“My father was a selfless man who committed his life in the service of others,” said his son. “His passion was visiting the sick at the various hospitals, bringing them comfort through prayers, helping folks in need and playing the drums, which he did well.”

He said his father lived his life according to the old axiom, “He'd give you the shirt off his back, even if he had to borrow a couple of dollars to do it.”

Born in Natrona Heights and raised in Curtisville and Sarver, the Rev. Foust was one of three children of steel mill foreman Charles Foust and his wife, Mary Katherine Smith Foust.

After graduation from Knoch High School in Saxonburg, where he played the drums in the school band, the Rev. Foust worked for Shop 'n Save in Russellton and U.S. Steel in Saxonburg. But the love of his church and the encouragement of his pastor persuaded him to go back to school, and he enrolled in Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs, Colo., where he received his bachelor's degree.

In 1999, he married Kathryn Thornton, a church friend he had known when they were children attending the Deer Lakes Community Church of the Nazarene in Tarentum.

Upon graduation from theology school, the Rev. Foust was assigned to and joined the Uniontown Church of the Nazarene as pastor, a position he held until a year ago, when eye problems hastened his retirement.

In addition to son Thomas and wife, Kathryn, the Rev. Foust is survived by his daughter, Gerrie R. Wagner of West View; a son, Paul S. Kenny of Indianland, S.C.; his sisters, Cheryl Griffith of Bentleyville and Patty Lipscomb of Butler; and six grandchildren.

Visitation is 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday in the Siwicki-Yanicko Funeral Home, 23 McKrell Road, West Deer, where funeral services will be conducted at 5 p.m.

Jerry Vondas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7823 or jvondas@tribweb.com.

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