Marion Hostetler, 80, of Jamesport, Mo. passed away Jan. 1 at the home. A Celebration of Life service will be at 2:00 p.m., Jan. 10 at Jamesport Baptist Church. Visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jamesport Baptist Church.
Marion Edward Hostetler was born Nov. 4, 1934 in Guthrie County. He was the last of 6 children born to his parents and he made his life’s occupation being an Iowa farmer.
He married Shirley Ann Anderson on May 9, 1953. They had been best buds since they were 13 years old. They literally grew up together and ended up being married for 61 years. To this union was born a daughter, LuAnn Ferguson of Chillicothe, Mo. with 3 sons to follow: the first was Jeffrey Jay (Lisa Ann) of Chillicothe, Mo.; second was Daniel Lee (Patricia Ann) of Grand River; and third was Marc Edward (Shelly Jean) of Mountain Home, Ark.
He was delighted beyond reason when his grandchildren came along: Austin, now 26, Hayden, now 23, Kelsey, now 22, and Kali, now 20. Marion would drive 3 states to gather them all up in the summertime, and they would all stay at the “Big House” in Missouri for several weeks, if their parents didn’t miss them too much. They were kept busy with swimming at the pool in Chillicothe, fishing in the ponds at the farm, and riding grandpa’s 4-wheelers. They all took turns making and preparing dinner and planning the evenings. They always loved having a campfire and telling stories. Marion was very proud of his children and grandchildren. They’ve all grown up to be smart and honest adults.
In 2012, he was blessed with a beautiful great grand-daughter, Tayleigh Ann, or better known as Tay-Tay. She is now 2 years old and is talking a mile a minute. She made his life worth living for. He will be solely missed by his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Paul Jr., and his sister, Pauline Roper.
He is survived by his wife, his brother Willard (Janette) of Jefferson, two sisters Willa Renwick of Oskaloosa and Mary Kinney of Raytown, Miss., his children, grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.