Richard L. “Dick” Hostetler 87 of Walnut Creek passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at Aultman Hospital in Canton surrounded by his family, following a period of declining health.
He was born on March 5, 1931 in Walnut Creek to the late Wayne J. and Sarah Ila (Kendle) Hochstetler. He graduated from Walnut Creek High School in 1949 where he was on the basketball and baseball teams. While in high School he worked for his uncle, Mose Hostetler, hauling milk. Dick was drafted into the army in 1952 and proudly served his country for 18 months in Korea. When he returned home in 1954 he drove truck and started the Walnut Creek Garage. He later became Post Master of the Walnut Creek Post Office for many years before becoming Sugarcreek Post Master and retiring in 1992. Dick was a member of the Sugarcreek American Legion, Tusky VFW and the Elks in New Philadelphia. He was inducted in to Holmes County Basketball Hall of Fame and the Tuscarawas County Baseball Hall of Fame. He also enjoyed golfing, fishing, working outdoors and especially loved being with family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, the former Kathryn “Jean” McCoy whom he married on October 23, 1955; his children Denise (Tony) Kandel of Walnut Creek and Jeffery (Ann) Hostetler of Rootstown; seven grandchildren Derrick (Esther) Kandel, Elicia (Milo) Mast, and Aaron, Zachary, Megann, Cole, and Emi; seven great grandchildren Damien, Adriana, Kaden, Addisyn, Kelsie, Blaine and Ellianah; his sister Kay (Willard) Hostetler of Orrville and two brothers John Hochstetler and Randy (Michelle) Hochstetler both of Walnut Creek. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his infant son Colin, sister Carole Copeland and brother-in-law William Copeland.
Services will be held on Sunday, June 17, 2018 at 1:30 PM at the St. John’s United Church of Christ at Walnut Creek with Pastor Dwight Mason officiating. Burial will follow in the St. John’s United Church of Christ Church Cemetery in Walnut Creek where Military Honors will be held. Friends may call on Saturday from 4-7 PM at Smith-Varns Funeral Home in Sugarcreek and Sunday one hour prior to services at the Church. To share a memory please visit the funeral home’s website.