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Alexander David
Horst Jr.

With what should have been so many years in which to create his life’s masterpiece, Alexander Horst was taken from his loved ones well before his time. Life was not easy for him, and he struggled to rise above the darkness of a struggle that held him firmly in its grip. Alex was so much more than a young man with challenges as he was a devoted family man, gifted artist, and a person who loved and accepted others without condition. “Red Man,” as he was also known, was the sort of person who liked structure and order, and he was more than willing to work as hard as he could to achieve his dreams. Although he will be deeply missed, Alex’s memory will remain forever near and dear to the hearts and lives of those too numerous to count.

The 1980s were a transformational time in America when words like minivan, camcorder, and aerobics were becoming part of our vocabulary while families like the Cosbys, the Keatons, and the Seavers made their way into living rooms across the nation during prime time television. E.T. phoned home, Madonna and Michael Jackson became household names, and computers were beginning to transform the direction we were headed. It was on April 26, 1988, that a young couple from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, were overjoyed to welcome their son, Alexander David, into their hearts at St. Joseph’s Hospital. He was the youngest of three children born to his parents, Alexander D. “Butch” and Cheryl Ann (Stockhausen) Horst, and was raised in the family home alongside his older siblings, William and Jennifer.

Right from the start Alex was deeply loved by his family. He also demonstrated a tender and loving spirit during his early years and had a smile that would light up a room. Alex developed an interest in painting as a young boy that was sparked and nurtured by his Grandpa Stockhausen and his Uncle Dave who were both painters. He also had an interest in science and took to building and launching rockets. He even built a potato launcher and loved launching the potatoes, but he was known to substitute his mother’s tomatoes when in a pinch. Alex also enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing even though he wasn’t able to do these things often. His parents home schooled him through the seventh grade, and he went on to Wisconsin Career Academy for his high school years, graduating in 2006.

Family was always a significant part of Alex’s life. He adored his nephew, David, with whom he was delighted to share a birthday. Alex and his niece, Catherine, were more like brother and sister than they were uncle and niece. They could always be completely open with one another, and they never prejudged either. Alex was the favorite uncle to his nephews and niece just as his Uncle Dave was for him.

The things that made Alex such an extraordinary young man are many. Throughout his life he remained tender and merciful, and he was known to say things like, “I am so geeked!” when he got excited about something. As his friends and family can attest, Alex liked to wear brightly colored clothes – in fact, the brighter, the better! Colors like lime green, orange, and red were among his signature colors, and he was more than willing to share his clothes with his brother and brother-in-law. Alex was orderly, and he was known to straighten things in the refrigerator and to remind his father that it was okay to get rid of stuff. He made eating healthy a priority, and he tried to see that his loved ones did too, often getting after his father for eating things like hot dogs and processed foods. Alex carried his creative side into the kitchen as he was a great cook and baker who made his sister’s wedding cake and his mother’s birthday cake. His artistic talent also extended into the pictures he drew, artificial flowers he made, and projects he took on with wood. Alex often re-purposed things to make various furniture projects. Just this last week he had made some wooden frames with collages of pictures that he intended to take with him into his own apartment.

Alex was faced with daily struggles to overcome the demon that plagued him after being introduced to heroin. Some days were good days and some days were not, but he was blessed with endless amounts of encouragement and support from his family to break free from this drug’s wicked grip. Alex had more recently begun moving forward with his life and was excited to be enrolled in welding classes at Milwaukee Area Technical College (M.A.T.C.). He was thrilled to be in college and to be back in school in general as this was a major step in moving forward. Alex’s heart was so receptive, and he had been seeking more of God in his life. He was also using his talent and interest in painting that was established when he was young to help fund his new start. Ultimately Alex was not able to get completely out from under his heroin use although his heart was more than ready.

Through the life of Alexander Horst, Jr. we are reminded that each day is a gift to spend with those we love, taking not even one breath for granted. He taught us to not be afraid to live out loud and to pursue the things we love. Alex also showed us that there is always hope woven into any challenge we face, and it was with this hope in the forefront that he was ready to make a fresh start. We will miss his artistic touch, his abundant laughter, and his fun-loving spirit, but most of all we will treasure Alex’s love.

Alexander David “Red Man” Horst, Jr. died on April 12, 2013. Alex’s family includes his parents, Alexander D. “Butch” and Cheryl Ann Horst; siblings, Bill (Angela) Horst and Jennifer (George) Nusberger; nieces and nephews, Jacob, Ryan, Catherine and David; and other relatives and friends. Family and friends will gather Thursday, April 18, 2013, at Parkway Apostolic Church 10940 S. Nicholson Road, Oak Creek, WI from 5:00 p.m. until time of the Memorial service at 7:00 p.m. Please visit where you can leave a memory or photo, or sign the online guestbook.

Past Comments

Scott & Linda McLean

We are so so sorry to hear about the loss of your dear son Alexander. Our hearts go out to you at this very difficult time in your life. God will be there, every day with you. The beautiful memory of Alexander will never leave you, he is In your hearts Forever. Love, Scott & Linda McLean

Anne Ney

I remember Alex as a sweet and gentle young man. I know his life had value and positively impacted others. God bless you, Butch, Cheryl, and family! May the Lord continue to be your comfort and strength.

Rich, Diane and Richie Jankowski

We will always have the memories of Alex and Richie playing together during our home friendship times over the years.

In Alex’s Life Story we saw these things that God placed in Alex. We will always cherish those thoughts and memories.

To Butch, Cheryl and Jenny – we will keep you in our prayers, always remember that God is holding you and will comfort you everytime you need him.

May the blessings of God be with you during this time.

Genny Miller

My deepest heartfealt condolences go out to you and the family in the loss of your “baby” on. I am sure you have so many treasures and thoughts of him that will warm your heart and that you can cling to. It won’t be easy, but God will see you through day by day and step by step. Cast your cares on Him for He cares for you so much and will give you grace for each day and stregth to see you through. I love you and am praying for you.


I always found Alex to be profoundly genuine and pleasant. I will miss that character trait that is increasingly rare. I am so sorry for your loss as well as our loss.

Elizabeth Ledesma

My Dearest, Sweetest Cheryl and your beautiful family,

My heart breaks and aches for you! I want to hold you, love you and tell you that Our Lord is a Mighty God!! He not only saves us, but heals us and restores us. Your walk with Him will be more powerful than ever because He truly aides in our infirmities and His power pours through our weakest moments. Give Him all the access you possibly can today and every day! I’m holding you, my dear precious sister!

Matt & Amanda Andruscavage

We are very sorry for the loss of your son, Alex. He was such a pleasant young man when we taught him in Sunday School. Needless to say, our hearts are broken for such an abrupt end to a short lived life. We had just reconnected with him at church not too long ago. We are praying for your family during this difficult time. Matt & Amanda

Catherine Horst

i remember everytime me or alex would go through a struggle, we would always have each other to go to. we were like each others lil personal therapists. 🙂 i loved him so much. he was my big bro.

Cheryl O

I’m am very sad to hear of the loss of your son. My son was Alex’s friend. He struggles with the same demons that Alex did. This is my worst fear and I want you to know that my heart breaks for you and your family. I am so sorry. I never met Alex but I was told that he was a very nice young man. May he rest in peace.

dianne mullins rn

Dear family of Alexander,

I am sorry for the loss of Alexander,

We may wonder why? or if their is anything to look forward to?

I wish to share comfort from the Bible, at this sad time.

Jesus well knew the Bible statement:” Time and unforeseen occurrence befall them all”[Ecclesiastes 9:11]. He knew that

sometimes bad things just happen.

The wonderful future resurrection hope is the promise found at John 5:28,29.

Revelation 21:3,4 states that death will be no more. and pain

will be no more, the former things will have passed away.

Our Creator, Jehovah God, by means of his son Jesus, is going to undo the tragedies that touch our lives today.

There is much Bible-based encouragement to be found on the website

sincerely dianne mullins

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