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Wilbur E. Hostetler, 92, Goshen, died Sunday, June 25, at Miller's Merry Manor, LaGrange.
He was born Nov. 29, 1924, in a farmhouse on C.R. 38, Goshen, to Edward W. and Mary Edna (Yoder) Hostetler.
On May 15, 1949, he married Donna L. Blough in Topeka.
She survives along with two daughters, Bernita Hagerman, Great Falls, Montana, and Anita (Tom) Lane, Goshen; and a granddaughter, Allison (Clinton) Beck, Fort Wayne.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by twin sons, Bernard and Bruce, born prematurely Aug. 9, 1951; two brothers, Glen and Clifford; two sisters, Mabel (William) Hostetler and Arloine (Leslie) Schoomaker; and a son-in-law, Stephen Hagerman.
Mr. Hostetler was employed 12 years at Salem Bank and four years at First National Bank of Elkhart as the Bristol branch manager. He served four terms as Elkhart County treasurer and a term as a Goshen city councilman. He and his wife also owned Cripe's Septic Cleaning for 11 years.
He served in the Philippines during World War II.
He was a past president of the Goshen Jaycees, a life member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board and served on many organizations and committees.
In retirement, he volunteered at First United Methodist Church, Goshen, Salvation Army and Benton Elementary School.
Friends may call Saturday, July 15, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, Goshen, where a 10:45 a.m. memorial service will be conducted. Pastor Ed Fritz will officiate.
A private graveside service will take place Violett Cemetery in Goshen.
Memorial contributions may be given to Goshen Salvation Army, P.O. Box 284, Goshen, IN 46527 or First United Methodist Church, 214 S. Fifth St., Goshen, IN 46528.
Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen, is assisting with arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.
Published on June 26, 2017
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