YORK The Reverend Luther George Heist, Jr., 89, of Jackson Township, went home to his Heavenly Father on Friday, June 6, 2014, at Country Meadows of Leader Heights. He was the husband of the late Helen L. (Neely) Heist. Born June 30, 1925, in Harrisburg, he was the son of Luther G. and Mrs. Mary (Lebo) Heist. After graduating from John Harris High School in 1943, Rev. Heist entered the army and was assigned to the 18th Regiment of the 1st Infantry Division. He saw active duty in Germany during WWII, and earned a Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his service. After graduating from Ursinus College in 1950, Rev. Heist entered Lancaster Theological Seminary, earning a Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1953. He was subsequently ordained at the Fourth Evangelical and Reformed Church in Harrisburg. Rev. Heist served at St. Luke's "County Line" U.C.C. in Timberville, Va., from 1953 to 1957; Grace U.C.C. in Greencastle from 1957 until 1967; Abbey Reformed U.C.C. in Huntingdon from 1967 until 1969; and St. Jacob's U.C.C. in York New Salem from 1969 until his retirement in 1987, where he was conferred the title of Pastor Emeritus. Rev. Heist also served as a Parish Pastor for Trinity U.C.C. in Hanover for several years. In addition to his ministerial work, Rev. Heist served as a substitute teacher in the Spring Grove Area School District from 1970 to 1980. He was a member of St. Jacob's U.C.C. in New Salem, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5625, Mt. Pisgah Lodge 443, F&AM, and the Harrisburg Consistory. Rev. Heist is survived by daughter, Nancy M. Heist of York; and his sister, Anna Collier of Ypsilanti, Mich. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Helen; daughter, Deborah K. Heist; and his sister, Vera M. Jones. A funeral service in celebration of his life will be held on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Irwin-Beck Funeral Home & Cremation Service Inc., 175 N. Main St., Spring Grove, with the Rev. Peg Grzelkowski officiating. He will be laid to rest following the service at Prospect Hill Cemetery in Harrisburg. A viewing will be held on Wednesday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be to Shadowfax, 386 Pattison St., York, PA 17403. Condolences may be shared at www.irwinbeck.com
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Published in Evening Sun on June 8, 2014