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James Earl Hostetler

July 11, 1940 ~ January 3, 2020 (age 79)


James Earl "Jim" Hostetler, 79, of Wabash, passed away at 5:32 p.m. on Friday, January 3, 2020 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  He was born on July 11, 1940, in Peru, Indiana to the late Harold A. and Esther V. (Loe) Hostetler.

Jim was a 1958 graduate of Peru High School.  He married Beverly Jean Randall on March 17, 1963.  Jim served in the National Guard.  He was a foreman and manager at Dataview Products for 25 years.  Jim then retired after 25 years of service, as a manager of the print shop, from Bowling Promotions.  Jim also was a co-owner and worked at the family business, Jones U-Haul in Wabash.  

Jim was an avid sports fan especially of basketball and baseball.  He coached local Little League and Babe Ruth Leagues.  He also had a passion for bowling and fishing.  

Jim was member of First United Methodist Church in Wabash.  He was a member of the Wabash Moose Lodge #1195 and the American Legion Post 15 of Wabash.  

Jim is survived by his wife of 56 years, Beverly; son, John (Angel) Hostetler, of Wabash; daughter, Julie Hughes, of Wabash; six grandchildren, Austin M. Hostetler, Devin M. Hostetler, Kiersten J. Cole, Landon T. Cole, Mason J. Hostetler and Nicholas D. Hostetler; great-grandson, Keenan J. Cole; brother, Donald R. Hostetler, of Huntington, Indiana; two sisters, Nancy Hall, of Peru and Dixie (Joe) Trinkle, of Logansport.  He was preceded in death by one son, Michael James Hostetler; one brother, Norman Hostetler; one sister, Linda Lou Hostetler and brother-in-law, Oscar Hall. 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at McDonald Funeral Home, 231 Falls Avenue, Wabash, Indiana 46992.  Pastor John Cook will be the officiant. Burial will follow at Friends Cemetery in Wabash.

Calling Hours will be from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to the Cannonball YABA Kids Bowling or the Wabash Little League.

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Calling Hours
January 8, 2020

2:00 PM to 7:00 PM
McDonald Funeral Home
231 Falls Ave
Wabash, IN 46992

Funeral Service
January 9, 2020

11:00 AM
McDonald Funeral Home
231 Falls Ave
Wabash, IN 46992

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