Dwight Lloyd Hostetler, 91, of West Liberty, passed away peacefully at Green Hills Care Center, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. He was born Dec. 6, 1925, on the family farm south of West Liberty, Ohio, the son of Ira and Mary Hartzler Hostetler.
Growing up during the Great Depression influenced Dwight’s strong work ethic and deep appreciation for God’s faithful provision. After graduating from Salem High School, Dwight was trained as a smoke jumper in Missoula, Mont. He worked at Holdren Brothers in West Liberty for 35 years. Following his retirement, he became an expert wood craftsman, delighting children and adults with top-quality toys and heirloom creations. Grandchildren always enjoyed visiting his woodworking shop and special trips to the basement to see his model trains and collection of more than 300 caps.
Dwight will be remembered for his quiet faith, godly character, and gentle, soft-spoken manner.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Shirley Smucker Hostetler. They were the oldest married couple at Oak Grove Mennonite Church where they were both life-long members. He is also survived by two sons, Conrad James (Ginny) Hostetler and Michael Jay (Nancy) Hostetler, both of West Liberty; two daughters, Twila Jane (Bob) Good of Hesston, Kan., and Phama Marie (Robert) Woodyard of the Seattle area; sister, June Hostetler and twin brother, Donald Hostetler; 17 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Timothy, three sisters, and one brother.
A celebration of Life in honor of Dwight will be held at a later date. Pastor Dick Barrett will officiate the service. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Cemetery.
The Hostetler family would like to thank the staff at Green Hills Care Center for their loving care for Dwight throughout his extended illness.