Eldon Hostetler, 93, of Middlebury, died at 6:35 pm on Friday, January 8, at
the Maples at Waterford Crossing, Goshen. He had been staying there since a
fall on December 14.  He was born on December 25, 1922 in LaGrange
County, to Mahlon D. and Lizzie D. (Schrock) Hostetler.  On September 10,
1944 in Middlebury he married Edna Yoder; she died April 22, 1977. On April
8, 1978 in Goshen he married Esta Yoder; she survives. Survivors in addition
to his wife are three daughters, Mary Etta Yoder of Palmetto, FL, Ruby
(Marvin) Wittmer of Goshen, LeAnn (Lamar) Hochstetler of Nappanee; three
sons, Dale (Sharon Anderson) Hostetler of Union, MI, Robert (Angelika)
Hostetler of Granger, Eldon Jr. (Pauline) Hostetler of Goshen; 10
grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, six step great grandchildren, three
step great-great grandchildren; five sisters, Ida Frey of Ligonier, Orpha Miller
of Shipshewana, Lizzie Ann (Mervin) Lehman of Topeka, Freida (Mahlon)
Raber of Middlebury, Leah Fern Hostetler of Shipshewana; two brothers,
Daniel Hostetler of Shipshewana, LaVern Hostetler of Anderson.  He was
preceded in death by his first wife, parents, four sisters, Nina Hostetler, Anna
Miller, Mary Etta Eash, Mabel Mast, brother, David Hostetler. Eldon began his
working career in 1944 at Creighton Brothers in Warsaw. He was passionate
about developing equipment to make work easier for the farmers. He then
went to work at Lambright Hatchery in LaGrange; while there his hobby
developed a new crossbred chicken with larger breast meat. He later worked
for Chore Time in Milford for 20 years; while there he invented the centerless
auger feeding system which greatly expanded their business. In 1977 he
started Ziggity Systems in Middlebury where they specialize in watering
systems for poultry. He retired in 2007.  For 35 years Eldon was passionate
about collecting and restoring Hudson automobiles. He was very interested
in the history of the Hudson and the impact it had on the automotive industry
and the economy. In 2005 Eldon donated land, a building and endowment
fund to start the Hostetler’s Hudson Auto Museum, building the largest
collection of rare and unusual Hudsons. He also enjoyed collecting different
antiques. He was a member of the North Goshen Mennonite Church, the
Indiana/Ohio Hudson Club, Antique Auto Club of America and the Classic
Car Club of America. Visitation will be from 4:00 - 8:00 pm on Wednesday
January 13, and 2:00 - 4:00 and 6:00 - 8:00 pm Thursday, January 14, at
Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 South Main Street Middlebury. Family and
friends may gather at 9:30 am on Friday January 15 for a graveside service at
Violett Cemetery, Goshen. A Celebration of Life service will follow at 11:00 am
at the North Goshen Mennonite Church. Services will be conducted by
Pastor Mark Schloneger. Memorials may be given to Cancer Society of
Elkhart County.  

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Esta, JR, Pauline, and family. So very sorry to hear about Eldons's passing. His
peace and comfort to each of you. It was truly an honor and privilege to have
known and spend time listening to his thoughts, wisdom, experiences, and faith.
My heart goes out to you all.
From Cathy Forbes    
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It was our pleasure to know Eldon.  He was an inspiration to many people.  A very
generous and kind man with a hearty laugh! Our heartfelt sympathy to Esta and
From Lynn and Judy Yoder Chicken, Alaska
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Sorry for your loss. I am at Greencroft Gables for rehab after total hip replacement.
From Bruce Miller
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Robert please except my condolences for the loss of your Dad. I know how it feels
to lose a father. The Poultry Industry has been blessed with your families products.
From Mark Gillis
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Dear Esta and Family,
We share our deepest sympathy in your loss. . I am forever grateful for the career
opportunities Eldon gave me.
We will keep you in our prayers.
From Ron and Linda Sanders
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Pauline and JR,
Eric and I send thoughts and prayers your way. Eldon sounds like a remarkable man.
From  Eric Wennerstrom and Patti Keith
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Eldon was one of the most interesting men I have met in my lifetime.  He showed a
passion for everything he did.  His intellect was remarkable.  I think he could read a
Calculus book and immediately do the problems.  His independent ideas helped
revolutionize the way commercial poultry is raised worldwide.  There is no telling
how many hungry people are fed every day that would not have been if Eldon had
not developed the products he did from a blank sheet of paper.  My Dad was always
a big fan too.
From Charlie Griffin
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Dale and family.   I am so sorry for your loss of Eldon.    May the Lord give you peace.
From Dorn Nichols
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Deepest Sympathy from the Ramser Family. So many good memories of a loyal
friendship and accomplishment! So privileged to have had Eldon in our lives and
share in so much. Always a treat to be around someone so enthusiastic and
passionate. He left his legacy here on the earth and it is a good one! Prayers of
comfort to all!
From The Ramser Family, Janet & Jack; Mark & Jean; Fred & Betty Jo
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Esta and family, Eldon was blessed with a long and prosperous life. You are in our
thoughts and prayers at this during this sad time.
From Luella Eash and Rosemary (Eash) Nettrouer
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Eldon Hostetler
Condolence = I'm sorry to hear about your father. He was a very nice man. My
prayers are with you and your family.
From Ann and Roger Story
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Eldon Hostetler
December 25, 1922 -- January 8, 2016