Donald Owen Hostetler, beloved husband of Susie Ann (Hostetler) Hostetler, was born June 30, 1951, to Elmer & Vinnie (Baker) Hostetler, at Eugene, OR.
On September 28, 2016, he had surgery the 2nd time to repair and replace valves in his heart. He got infection and pneumonia in his lungs which caused his death 2 ½ weeks after his surgery.
He peacefully passed away at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO, in the evening on October 15, 2016, at the age of 65 years 3 months and 15 days.
Donald accepted Christ and was baptized in his youth, being a faithful member of the Cedar Springs AM Church at the time of his death.
After living in Buffalo, MO, for many years, they moved to Cedar Springs, MO, where a new branch of their home church was started.
On February 6, 1972, he was united in marriage to Susie Ann Hostetler, daughter of Ben & Ruth (Miller) Hostetler at Pleasant View AM Church in Buffalo, MO. They shared the joys and sorrows of life together for over 44 years. To this union eleven children were born, three sons and eight daughters, Regina and husband John Swartzentruber, Clarksville, AR; Tina and husband Marion Hostetler, Buffalo, MO; Joshua and wife Lily, Louisburg, AR; Leon and wife Denise, Hartman, AR; Josie and husband Paul Swartzentruber, Buffalo, MO; Celesta and husband Ronnie Swartzentruber, Buffalo, MO; Jana and husband Roy Swartzentruber, El Dorado Springs, MO; Weston and wife Klara, Clarksville, AR; Rachelle and husband Sheldon Swartzentruber, Buffalo, MO; Rosa and husband Shawn Swartzentruber, El Dorado Springs, MO; and Victoria and husband Jason Blosser, Buffalo, MO. Also surviving are 34 grandsons and 13 granddaughters; four brothers, Marvin of Buffalo, MO; Elmer Jr. and wife Martha, Buffalo, MO; Roy and wife Nora, Clarksville, AR; Bob and wife Regina, Mena, AR; eight sisters, Beulah and husband Glendon Kauffman, Lorimor, IA; Betty and (late) husband Tim Hostetler, Buffalo, MO; Bert and husband Les Hostetler, Tampico, IL; Margaret and husband John Knox, Smithon, MO; Virginia and husband Victor Shrock, Tampico, IL; Sharon and husband Henry Hostetler, Auburn, KY; Patty and husband David Hostetler, Hotchkiss, CO; and Mary and husband Orvie Knox, Sedalia, MO; brother-in-law Don Hostetler, Hotchkiss, CO; sister-in-law Shirley and husband Jake Kropf, Sedalia, MO; father-in-law Ben Hostetler, Buffalo, MO; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents Elmer & Vinnie Hostetler; mother-in-law Ruth Hostetler; three grand-babies, Brandi, Kalli, and Gabriel; four sisters, Marie Troyer, twin infants Ruth and Ruby, and Merlene Hostetler; and two brothers, John and Levi.
Mom and Pop enjoyed many mornings of companionship drinking coffee and having morning devotions on the back deck looking out over the lake.
Our Pop and Grandpa dearly loved his family and had a deep concern for our spiritual welfare. The grandchildren enjoyed rides with grandpa on his pioneer on the trails that they made in the woods.
After his accident on a construction site in 1991, he went through many surgeries and endured lots of pain. In spite of all he went through, he had a great love and compassion for others. He will be greatly missed!
The family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks for the prayers, sympathy, and help through this time of sorrow. All who care to, are invited to the school hall for the evening meal after the service.