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Joseph A. Hostler, 51

January 22, 2018

Joseph A. Hostler, of Lititz, PA passed away suddenly from a heart attack in Orlando, FL on January 22, 2018 at the age of 51. He was born in Grand Island, NE. His parents are Frank Hostler and the late Sherry Semones Hostler.
A 1984 graduate of Grand Island High School, Joe (“Hoss”) Hostler was the Nebraska state heavyweight wrestling champion (’84) and was invited to the Olympic Trials. While attending high school, he was an offensive lineman for the Islanders football team and served as Class President. Joe earned his BA in Political Economy from New Mexico State University (Las Cruces, NM), where he played football for the Aggies (left tackle) on a football scholarship. He was a Sigma Pi fraternity brother. In between his undergraduate and graduate studies, Joe served in the Peace Corps where he spent two years as a volunteer in Ecuador teaching agricultural development and putting his years of Nebraska farm life to work. Later, he received his International MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management (Phoenix, AZ). In his professional life, Joe managed the Latin American Region and the UK/Ireland for many companies, primarily in the flooring and building products industries. He worked for Armstrong, Stonehard, BASF, and Keene Building Products.
Joe was an avid photographer, he spoke five languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, and French), and traveled to 52 countries. He and his wife, Lisa, met in New Orleans in 1994 and married in 1996. Through their adventures, they lived in three countries and three states. Photography, cooking, travel, and writing were his passions. Joe will be remembered by those who knew him as a devoted family man with a zest for adventure. His stature commanded attention, but it was his wit and humor that held an audience. He was a giant of a man, but a teddy bear at heart. He enjoyed classic movies, sci-fi and loved to bake sweets. He was always very content to hike the Lancaster County Conservancy properties to photograph nature. He had a tremendous memory and could tell a good story. He could make us laugh- even to the end.
Joe is survived by his wife of 22 years, Lisa Schluckbier Hostler; his daughter Chelsea Hostler (Martin Sutton); his daughter Yvonne Hostler (Cory Brinker); and a grandson on the way. His father Frank Hostler (Sharon), Sisters Jennifer Hostler, Janet (Mike) Courtney, and brother James (Twila) Hostler. Brothers-in-law Jack (late Elma) Schluckbier, Guy Schluckbier, and Don Schluckbier. Mother-in-law Vickie (Sam) Frontiera. Many nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend his funeral service that will be held on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 1:30PM at Charles F. Snyder, Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz, PA 17543. Viewing will be held Saturday evening at Snyder’s from 6PM-9PM and again Sunday from 12:30PM-1:30PM. Interment will be in Manheim Fairview Cemetery followed by a luncheon at The Emerald Foundation on Oregon Pike. Family and friends are invited to attend both the interment and the luncheon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to CASA of Lancaster County, 53 N. Duke Street, #218, Lancaster, PA 17602.

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January 14, 2021

To my shock I’ve just discovered that Joe died 3 years ago. I worked with Joe during his time at Bruce Hardwood Floors in the UK. I’ve always remembered Joe with fond respectful memories due to his unique style of managment which brought an enthusiasm and energy to the whole business. I can honestly say that I have never enjoyed any of my career as much as I did when working with Joe. RIP big fella. XX
Leigh Donohoe

March 06, 2018

My deepest sympathies go out to the Hostler family. I worked with Joe in the past and just found out the news. Such a wonderful person and will be missed. Josh Matteson, Lexingotn, MA 

February 05, 2018

I am sending my condolences to all the Hostler family, with a special remembrance to Joe’s sister, Jennifer Hostler.   We lived together for a time in Sioux Falls and I consider her a special friend.  My sympathy and prayers go out to all of you.  Joe’s death was sudden and unexpected.  May he now rest in peace!    S. Marita Kolbeck, Yankton, SD

February 01, 2018

I am sending my sympathy and prayers for you all at such a tremendous loss.  I remember Joe from High School and church and he was an amazing young man even back then.  May God bless you during this difficult time.  
Love,
Michelle Sutliff McDonald–Nebraska

January 30, 2018

So sorry for your loss. Joe was a special person and I am glad to have known and worked with Joe. He will be missed. Len Daubler

January 30, 2018

We are sending you our love and deepest sympathy from some long-time friends in Grand Island, NE.  Joe was in our religious education program and in our class all through high school and remained a dear friend ever after.  Everyone here in Grand Island sends their thoughts and prayers and want you to know that he remains a treasured friend always.
Love, Betty and Harold Sutliff

January 30, 2018

Lisa,  I am so sorry for the loss of our great big loving friend.  In life there are few that one can say are true friends, perhaps only a hand full. Joe was that to me. Through the many bright and dark hours of life we shared our thoughts.  I am sure that those who loved him were blindsided by his passing, not least of all myself. There is nothing I can say that will lessen your feeling of loss of such a fine friend and mate.  Bonnie and I pass our sincere condolances along to you and the girls.  May he rest in peace.

January 29, 2018

Lisa, so sorry to hear about Joe.  My thoughts and prayers are with your and all your family.  Maria Rangel (Texas)

January 28, 2018

So sorry for your loss..My prayers for you and your family.. Vicki Larson

January 28, 2018

Lisa, I just wanted you to know that I’m thinking about you today.  I am truly sorry for this great loss! You and your family will remain in my thoughts and prayers!  Hugs!
Toni Lewicki, CHS ‘86

January 28, 2018

Words can not express my feelings for the lost of such an amazing husband, Father, and friend! His Time here reflects his love for his amazing wife and daughters who he cherished more than anything…they will always be his greatest achievements in life. It was a pleasure to meet Joe after a years of being best friends/ college friends with his daughter Chelsea. Whom my heart breaks for tremendously for her unborn baby boy ( his first grandson). Today should not be a sad day but, and only a joyous day! Joe would have wanted it this way I am sure…because his family still have so much to live and breath for…the birth of his grandson. My family and I are sending you much prayer and strength during this very difficult time from Florida. We know joes radiant smile will be upon Lisa and the girls lives for the rest of there lives. We love you! 
The Zarinah, Patrick, Little P 
– The James Family 

January 27, 2018

I have known Joe since 7th grade and he was my date for senior prom! He was such a wonderful, kind, generous guy who always thought of others! I am so very sorry for your loss! 
 

January 27, 2018

Dear Lisa, Chelsea and Ivonne, what can we said about Joe, great Person, better freind and an excelent Father, pherhaps, what he will expect of us is remember the great moments that every one pass with him, I will do That. Big kiss and all my soport for all of you

January 27, 2018

Lisa, I’m at a loss for words given how sudden this is and the loss of Joe, your best friend. You and the Family are in my thought and prayers…
Sean Conaboy 

January 26, 2018

What a beautiful tribute to a great guy. Rest in peace, Joe. You left us too soon.
Susan Utting 

January 26, 2018

The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face to shine upon you and give you peace. Sincere sympathy to you and your family. 
Don & Joanne McAleer N. Ireland

January 26, 2018

Lisa, I didn’t know your husband, but in his pictures he is always laughing and smiling. The pictures and the many comments paint a portrait of a man who was eternally happy and a blessing to all around him. God bless you and your family and I am truly sorry for your loss.

January 26, 2018

We are praying for you all. Kay and Larry Quinton

January 26, 2018

I never met Mr. Hostler but I did pray for him at Crystal Nelson’s request. 
What an accomplished man. So sorry for your loss. Jacquelyn Shanaman

January 26, 2018

How could one human body hold all that he was? Joe was a rare being, blessed with so many abilities and filled with love and compassion besides. Anyone who knew him sensed the presence of a rare soul. Although his life was too short, what he accomplished was mammoth. 
To his family, we are stunned at your loss. We pray that over time all of his humor, love, and wisdom will aid you as you carry on.We send our love to you. Please know that our prayers have been with you through this extraordinarily difficult journey. 
Bob and Hazel Lampf
 
 

January 25, 2018

Dear Lisa,
We are so saddened to hear about Joe’s untimely death. Please accept our sincere condolences. 
Alisha and Shafiq 

January 25, 2018

Lisa-I was Joe’s wrestling coach. I have so many great memories of Joe and always tried to keep in touch with his life. I am so sadden for your loss, my prayers go out to you and the family.

January 25, 2018

Lisa, I remember Joe and he be truly missed. I pray that God comfort you and I send my love to you and your family.
Michelle

January 25, 2018

Lisa – I am truly sorry for your loss. You and your girls are in our thoughts and prayers. Tom and I will miss Joe. -Joella Gamon

January 25, 2018

Joe will be missed by all – especially his kind heart, his creativity, and the joy he brought to any friendship.  God bless and keep you and your family, now and always.  With lots of love – Ann and Michael Carter 

January 25, 2018

Lisa, I am so sorry to hear of your loss.  You and your family will be in my prayers.

January 25, 2018

Lisa – I am so terribly sorry to hear about your tragic loss.  Joe was a good man.  Linda and I will keep you and the girls in our thoughts and prayers.  

January 25, 2018

Lisa ~ you have been in my thoughts, prayers and heart.  I pray for you and your family the peace that passes understanding.
Sincerely, Crystal

January 25, 2018

So sorry for your loss. Joe and I worked together when he was at Sika then BASF. Great guy I will miss our conversations. 
 
Joe Byrnes 

January 24, 2018

Joe was a giant of a man with a giant heart to go with him. He shared his loves in many ways. Heaven has gained and angel and we celebrate his life! My deepest condolences to Lisa, Yvonne and Chelsea and their families in this difficult time. I also extend my condolences to his extended family, his father, brother and sisters you all will be in my thoughts and prayers for a long time to come. Ann (Job) Kalvelage Grand Island NE 

January 24, 2018

To dear friends, as u say good bye, to a loving husband,  father, son, brother, uncle, know he is home and we will to get visit with him again in a short time.  God will be with each of you.  Cry and miss him but he will still be loving you all.

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Saturday, January 27, 2018
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Lititz, PA 17543
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