Marvin Hostetler Obituary

Marvin  Hostetler
Marvin Hostetler
Marvin Hostetler

September 9, 1955 - August 8, 2012
Resided in West Des Moines, IA
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Marvin Hostetler, 56, of West Des Moines, died peacefully joining his Savior, Jesus Christ, in heaven above on August 8, 2012. During his illness with pancreatic cancer he was surrounded by family and friends.

Marvin was born in Ary, Kentucky to Dorothy and Sam Hostetler. He graduated from North High, attended Hesston College, and graduated from Goshen College and Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries. He worked his way through school by siding houses.

Marvin met Donnita Payne while both were attending Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries in Elkhart, IN. They were married May 28, 1983 at Pulaski Mennonite Church, Pulaski, IA.

Marvin graduated from seminary in 1985 and began pasturing congregations. Marvin co-pastored First Mennonite Church, Lincoln, NE, with Donnita for 6 ½ years. He was an interim pastor at St. John's United Church of Christ in Omaha, NE for 6 months. He was called to Wichita, KS where he pastored First Church of the Brethren for 11 ½ years. He was called to Wellman, IA where he pastured Wellman Mennonite Church for 5 ½ years. He was an interim pastor at Zion Mennonite Church in Donnellson, IA for 3 months.

Marvin and his family moved to Des Moines, IA where Marvin continued to work on his on a book about being missional people in our world. He was employed at Wal-Mart until this disease made work impossible.

Marvin was devoted to his wife, daughter, son and grandson. He enjoyed wood working, working with Black Angus cattle. He also was a mediator for Interchurch Ministries of NE during the farm crisis.

Marvin is survived by Donnita, his wife; Rachel Sterling, daughter; Josh, son; and Luke Sterling, grandson all of West Des Moines. He is survived by his siblings Don (Ruth) Hostetler, Goshen, IN; Deloris (Clifford) Zehr, St. John's MI; Glen (Julie) Hostetler, Wakarusa, IN; Gerald Hostetler, Louisville, KY; Debra Hochstetler, Bremen, IN; Willie (Kim) Hostetler, Elkhart, IN.

Marvin is survived by Donald and Lydia Jean Payne, parents-in-law of Keosauqua, IA; sister-in-law Debra (Roger) Knapp, Bloomfield, IA; brother-in-law Daniel (Crystal) Payne of Pulaski, IA; 22 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Dorothy Hostetler and Ronald Zehr, nephew.

Marvin will be deeply missed by his family and friends but we rejoice in the reality that his Savior, Jesus Christ, welcomed him into God's presence for eternity.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Central Plains Mennonite Church – Memorial Funds for Marvin Hostetler designated for Church Planting work.

The family greatly appreciated the excellent care he received from the staff at Iowa Health-Methodist Hospital, Iowa Home Health Hospice, and Taylor House Hospice. Your compassionate care brought immense peace to the family.

Services for Marvin will all be held at Iles Funeral Homes-Westover Chapel 6337 Hickman Road, Des Moines. Visitation will be Friday, August 10, from 6 pm to 8 pm. Celebration of Life Service will be Saturday, August 11, at 10:30, followed by burial at Jordan Cemetery.

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Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Friday, August 10, 2012
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Westover Funeral Home
Saturday, August 11, 2012
10:30 AM
Jordan Cemetery
West Des Moines, IA
Saturday, August 11, 2012


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