Lyman Hostetler

May 28, 1929 - September 1, 2021
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Lyman Hostetler, 92, of Berlin, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, at Walnut Hills Retirement Community.

He was born May 28, 1929, in Berlin, the son of Ira and Elsie Mildred (Miller) Hostetler. He graduated from Berlin High School in 1946 and married Beverly Ann Hostetler in 1950.

He retired from Owen Illinois in Be…

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Lyman Hostetler, 92, of Berlin, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, at Walnut Hills Retirement Community.

He was born May 28, 1929, in Berlin, the son of Ira and Elsie Mildred (Miller) Hostetler. He graduated from Berlin High School in 1946 and married Beverly Ann Hostetler in 1950.

He retired from Owen Illinois in Berlin, after working there for 23 years — one year as a scheduler, 18 years as an administrative manager and the last four years as plant manager. Before that, he served in Mennonite Voluntary Service at Kiowa County Hospital in Greensburg, Kansas, was a local and long-distance truck owner and driver, and worked at Holmes Limestone and Hardy Coal Co.

Lyman attended Berlin Mennonite Church as a youth and became a member at Martins Creek Mennonite Church, where he served in numerous leadership positions, including Sunday School superintendent, Sunday school teacher, and several terms as Elder. Lyman also took on active leadership roles in his community, including serving on the Holmes County Business Association, Holmes County Board of Education, East Holmes Board of Education, Holmes County Health Department, Berlin Promoters Club and Berlin Development Corporation.

Lyman became an avid runner and bicyclist in his 40s. In his 60s, he would bike one mile for each year he had been alive on his birthdays. As he got into his 80s, he switched to walking and was still exercising almost an hour a day in his 92nd year. He had a great sense of humor and an optimistic personality. He was often the favorite customer at restaurants he frequented.

During retirement, Lyman and Beverly enjoyed traveling to gardens throughout the U.S. and spending winters at their home in Sarasota, Florida. During the last years of Beverly’s life, Lyman was a devoted and loving caretaker of his “Bup.” They were married 63 years.

Surviving are his children, Brad (Lee) Hostetler of Mansfield, Phil (Jody) Hostetler of Walnut Creek, and Sheri (Jerome Baggett) Hostetler of Alameda, California; grandchildren, Stephen, Jessica, Mitch, Cody and Patrick; and great-grandchildren, Lily, Henry, Virginia, Oscar, Elsie and Hugo.

Lyman was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly, his parents, and his sister Edna Hoxworth.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Walnut Hills Retirement Community and Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare for their lovingkindness and their amazing care of Lyman.

An outdoor memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, at 2:00 pm in the pavilion located in the wooded ravine behind Martins Creek Mennonite Church. The Geib Funeral Center at Dover is handling cremation care.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to either Martins Creek Mennonite Church (6111 County Road 203, Millersburg, OH 44654) or the Mennonite Voluntary Service program of First Mennonite Church of San Francisco (290 Dolores Street, San Francisco, CA 94103).

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Service Information

Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021

Time: 2:00 pm

Martins Creek Mennonite Church

Address:

6111 County Road 203
Millersburg, OH 44654

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An outdoor memorial service will be held in the pavilion located in the wooded ravine behind the church.


Donation Information

Martins Creek Mennonite Church

6111 County Road 203
Millersburg, OH 44654

Mennonite Voluntary Service program of First Mennonite Church of San Francisco

290 Dolores Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

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Timeline for Lyman Hostetler

Born: May 28, 1929
 
September 6, 1980
Lyman and Beverly moving Sheri and me to Bluffton College
Lyman and Beverly moving Sheri and me to Bluffton College
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September 6, 1980
Lyman and Beverly moving Sheri and me to Bluffton College
Lyman and Beverly moving Sheri and me to Bluffton College
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May 23, 1984
Sheri’s graduation from Bluffton College
Sheri’s graduation from Bluffton College
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May 12, 2002
Phil, Brad, Cody, Steve and Lyman Hostetler
Phil, Brad, Cody, Steve and Lyman Hostetler
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January 1, 2007
Hostetler Family (2006 or 2007)
Hostetler Family (2006 or 2007)
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Died: September 1, 2021

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Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.

 

Bob Gorman posted on 9/6/21

My sympathies to the family. Lyman was a great family man and an important man in my dad’s life. They worked together for many years and remained trusted friends until my dad’s passing two years ago. He always had a twinkle in his eye and looked like a man who gave the benefit of the doubt to everyone. God will be looking after him now. With warm regards.

 

Ann Hulvey posted on 9/6/21

Sheri: Please accept my heart felt condolences of your Dad, Lyman. While I didn’t know him and only met him once in Florida, I know he and your Mother raised a beautiful and loving daughter. My prayers are with you and all of your family that God and God’s people will surround you with comfort and peace.

 

Gary Barber posted on 9/6/21

I am sorry for your loss, and grateful your father and grandfather is at peace and at home. I ask God to bless your family and give you courage in your grief.

 

Cathy Learn posted on 9/5/21

Jody and Phil, Prayers for you and comfort to know that those who love will be reunited in eternity. May God bless you and your entire family. Cathy Learn

 

Joanne Spitler posted on 9/3/21

I am sorry for your loss. He was always smiling an always was friendly. I worked for him at OI. ?

 

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