William Thomas Hostetler

May 18, 1935 ~ December 23, 2023 (age 88) 88 Years Old

William Hostetler Obituary

William Thomas Hostetler 88 of Hubbard, formerly of Bristolville, passed away at his home surrounded by his family Saturday December 23, 2023.  He was born May 18, 1935, in Warren to the late Willam E. and Ruth M. Hostetler.   

Bill “Dad” will be deeply missed by Jackie Erb, Bill's second wife, daughters: Linda (Jim) Knepp, Wanda Robinson (Bobby Jennings) and Pamela (Greg) Herriman. Grandchildren: Craig (Heather) Robinson, Cory (Stephen) Robinson-Bufano, Tony(Skyla) Robinson, Julie (Paul) Robinson, Darrell (Amanda) Moody, Dean Herriman; four great grandchildren and two great-great grandsons. Stepchildren: Kelly (Jim), Chris (Tamme), Dawn Marie (Ralph), Vicki (Dave), Jason (Mary), Brian (Chris); seventeen step grandchildren and eleven step great grandchildren.

Bill was preceded in death by his father William E. Hostetler, his first wife Toni with whom he shared forty-nine years of marriage; a brother Hugh Hostetler, a son, William A. Hostetler, and a grandson, Mark Moody.

Bill is a 1954 graduate of Middlefield High school and Michigan State University where he majored in
Farm Machinery Repair. He was continually upgrading his education, skills, and knowledge. Bill held several different jobs, retiring with 35 years from Copperweld Steel where he worked on the maintenance crew as an electrician. Bill had many passions. He was an avid football player and lifelong fan. His fondest football memory was beating archrival Burton in the tournaments his senior year. He enjoyed racing at Thompson Dragstrip. Bill loved to hunt deer and elk. He liked to travel visiting all fifty states, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Bill could always be found helping troubleshoot/repair a piece of equipment, big or small, tractor, mower, or car; he thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of finding the problem. Bill earned several nicknames throughout his life. The three that stand out are Wild Bill, MacGyver and most recently, the Cider Delivery Fairy. Bill fought a courageous four-year long battle with PSP (progressive supranuclear palsy) never once complaining.

According to Bill's wishes he has been cremated. His ashes will be buried at Sager Cemetery. 

There will be a gathering of family and friends Saturday January 6, 2024, from 9:00 AM until his Funeral Mass 10:00 AM  at St. Lucy Catholic Church, 16280 E High Street, Middlefield, Ohio 44062. Following the mass there will be a Celebration of His Life at Mary Yoder's Banquet Room, 14743 North State Street, Middlefield, OH 44062, where friends and family may gather to share memories. 

Memorial Donations can be made in Bill’s name to Wounded Warrior Project or the Parkinson's Foundation. 
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Gathering of Family and Friends
January 6, 2024

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
St. Lucy Catholic Church (Middlefield)

Memorial Mass
January 6, 2024

10:00 AM
St. Lucy Catholic Church
16280 Kinsman Road, Middlefield.
Middlefield, OH 44062

A Celebration of Life to follow after the Mass

Mary Yoder's Amish Kitchen
14743 North State Street
MIddlefield, OH 44062


Wounded Warrior Project
PO Box 758517, Topeka KS 66675
Tel: 1-877-832-6997

Ohio Parkinson's Foundation NE region
PO Box 271, Tallmadge OH 44278
Tel: 1-800-630-3193


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