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A memorial service for Harlan J. Hochstetler, 88, of Kalona, will be held Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Bethel Mennonite Church in Wayland. Private family burial will be held at Bethel Cemetery. Harlan Hochstetler died Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at the Pleasantview Home in Kalona. A memorial fund has been established for Bethel Church and Pleasantview Home. The Beatty Peterseim Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Harlan J. Hochstetler was born August 6, 1930 in Wood River, NE, the son of Ora and Ollie (Beckler) Hochstetler. He attended Snake Hollow school. On June 3, 1951 he was united in marriage to Joretta Boshart. Harlan was involved in many enterprises throughout his life, including raising turkeys, owning and operating Standard Oil stations in the Wayland and Olds area, owning grain trucks and a corn sheller, owned and operated Hochstetler Feed and Grain in Crawfordsville for 25 years and began 4H Wood Products before retiring in 2005. Harlan and Joretta have spent the last 12 years in Kalona. He was a member of Bethel Mennonite Church. He enjoyed traveling to Florida and to Oregon to visit family, and working on puzzles.
Survivors include his wife Joretta of Kalona, three sons: Joey (Alice) Hochstetler of Crawfordsville, Ledru (Sheri) Hochstetler of Lebanon, OR, Lamonte (Valerie) Hochstetler of Salem, OR, 10 grandchildren: Joseph (Carla), Tim (Kim), Ilona (Matt) Roberts, Lara, Jill (Jamie) Wakefield, Cory, Shelby (Chris) Archuleta, Craig (Michelle), Brad and Luke, nine great-grandchildren, two brothers: Milford (Jane) Hochstetler of Shipshewana, IN, Merlyn (Viva) Hochstetler of Salem, OR, two sisters: Rozetta (Morris) Doolin of Salem OR, Myrna (John) Knepp of Salem, OR, three sisters-in-law: Lois Hochstetler of Goshen, IN, Shirley Miller of Shipshewana, IN, and Ila Hochstetler of Salem, OR.
Preceding Harlan in death were his parents, three brothers: Paul, Leo and Clyde and one sister Pearl Ropp.
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I am sorry for your loss. I have some great memories at your house growing up. Harlan had a heart for God and a big heart for people. Praying for everyone through this tough time.
Kirby Doolin Jan 12 2019 12:00 AM
Sorry for your loss. Lots of memories of cousins getting into mischief at family gatherings at your place growing up.
Ritch Hochstetler Jan 8 2019 12:00 AM
Joretta, Joey, Ledru, and Lamonte - so sorry to hear of Harlan's passing. He was such a sweetheart and was so friendly. I always enjoyed seeing him (and all of you). Praying God gives you good memories to comfort you.I'm not sure if I'll make it to the service, but I will try. Either way, know that you are all in my prayers.Marti (Roth) Walker, Cousin
Marti Walker Jan 3 2019 12:00 AM
We send our deepest sympathies for all of you at this time.
Marlin and Joni Yoder Jan 2 2019 12:00 AM