James S. Hostetler, Waubee Lake, a devoted family man, hard worker and lifetime member of the community, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2023, at Goshen Hospital. Born in Warsaw on March 4, 1942, James led a fulfilling life filled with love, laughter and meaningful connections.
“Jim,” as most knew him, attended Warsaw High School, where he laid the foundation for a successful future. After completing his education, he embarked on a career at Chore-Time Brock in Milford. For an impressive span of 21 years, James contributed his skills and dedication to the company before retiring in 2006.
Outside of his professional endeavors, James had many interests and passions that brought joy to his life. He possessed an exceptional talent for playing euchre and would often engage in friendly competitions with family and friends. Being outdoors was one of his greatest pleasures; he found solace in nature and embraced every opportunity to immerse himself in its beauty. One of his favorite outdoor activities was meticulously mowing lawns not only for himself but also for others as an act of kindness throughout the years.
His garage was a sanctuary where he eagerly tinkered and meticulously crafted various woodwork projects. James had an innate skill as a carpenter and took great pride in creating beautiful pieces with precision and care. Riding his four-wheelers, Gator and golf carts brought him great entertainment and a chance to visit with neighbors.
Those who were fortunate enough to know James will remember him for his sense of humor that could brighten even the darkest moments. He had a way of uplifting others with his infectious laughter and witty remarks. Family always held a special place in James’ heart; he cherished spending time with them above all else and lived each day with unwavering devotion.
Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 63 years, Joy (Faulkner) Hostetler, who stood by his side through thick and thin.
In addition to his immediate family, James leaves behind a rich legacy carried on by his daughter, Angie (Jeff Arnett) Hostetler, of Milford; and son, Clark (Kim) Hostetler, of Goshen; grandchildren, Ryan (Angela) Hostetler, of Leesburg, Brett (Melanie Guy) Haines, of Milford, Erin (Victor Childs) Hostetler, of Syracuse, Sierra Kidder, of Elkhart, and John Reed, of Elkhart; nine great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Mary Hostetler, of Fishers. He was preceded in death by his two sons, Brent and Darin Hostetler; grandson, Dustin Hostetler; mother, Ruthlene (Fifer) Hostetler; and two brothers, Rex and Harvey Hostetler.
The family has entrusted Titus Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 1001 S. Huntington St., Syracuse. The family will be grieving privately; no services will be held.