Merritt I. Hostetler, 86, White Pigeon, Michigan, died Tuesday, Feb. 6, at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo, following an extended illness.
He was born March 3, 1931, in Middlebury, Indiana, the son of Ottis and Nellie (Hostettler) Hostetler.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army who served during the Korean Conflict. He lived most of his life in the Mottville/White Pigeon area. He was employed as an auto mechanic for Ford and was named Auto Mechanic of the Year in Michigan.
As a member of Trinity Missionary Church in Constantine, he enjoyed his church coffee club, yard and garden care and trains. He was an avid bowler and sang gospel music at local nursing homes.
He is survived by his children, Ron (Betty) Hostetler, Goshen, Indiana, Terry Hostetler and Sheryl (Marvin) McConnell, both of White Pigeon, Steven Hostetler, Elkhart, Indiana, and Kathy (Timothy) Knapp, Goshen; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and seven step-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Debbie; and three brothers.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the 1 p.m. service at Farrand Funeral Home, White Pigeon. The Rev. Terry Neumayer of Trinity Missionary Church will officiate.
Interment will be at Mottville Township Cemetery.
Donations may be directed to Trinity Missionary Church.
Published on February 8, 2018