Donald Jay Hostetler

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Donald Jay Hostetler, 83, Shipshewana, died July 8, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Mr. Hostetler was born in LaGrange County, June 14, 1935, to Trueman and Florence (Mast) Hostetler. Living his lifetime in LaGrange County, he was a farmer on the farm where he grew up. Mr. Hostetler was a lifelong member of the Shore Church in Shipshewana, where he was very active, having served as a song leader, youth leader, and Sunday school teacher. He had been active with the Gideons International and enjoyed collecting John Deere tractors and toys. On Aug. 7, 1955, in Shipshewana, he married Evelyn Joan Lambright. Mrs. Hostetler preceded him in death June 21, 2017. Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, JoAnn and Ron Bontreger and LouAnn and Rick Sherck, all of LaGrange; two sons and daughters-in-law, Ronald and Elizabeth Hostetler, Wolcottville, and Michael and Julie Hostetler, Shipshewana; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; sister and brother-in-law, Margaret and John Yoder, Middlebury; and brother and sister-in-law, Devon and Ellen Hostetler, LaGrange. Along with his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Marjorie Hooley; and two brothers, Jay Dee Hostetler and Delvon Hostetler. A memorial service will take place Thursday, July 12, at 10 a.m. at Shore Church, 7235 W. 100 North, Shipshewana, with the Rev. Carl Horner officiating. Prior to the service on Thursday, burial will take place at 9 a.m. at Shore Cemetery in Shipshewana. Visitation will take place Wednesday, July 11, from 3-8 p.m. at the church. Memorials may be made to Rainbow Years Learning Ministry. Condolences may be left for the family at www.fruripmayfuneralhome.com.
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