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Ivan D. Hostetler (better known as "Dusty") was born in Trenton, Missouri, to Roy and Francis Coville Hostetler on March 1, 1923, and passed on May 16, 2016, in Enid, Oklahoma.
Dusty attended grade school in Tindall, Missouri, and graduated from Trenton High School in Trenton, Missouri. During his school years, he was very active in sports and a member of the FFA. He especially loved basketball and track. Dusty was offered a collegiate scholarship to Drake University, but chose to fight for our country instead.
On January 12, 1943, he was inducted into the United States Army. His unit was attached to the 551st Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion. After completing the Radar Operator's Course in Drew Field, Florida, they headed for the northern Solomon Islands and the southern Philippines. During this time, he earned the Good Conduct Medal, the Philippines Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Star, and the Bronze Star Medal. They departed on October 26, 1943, and arrived on the 15th of November. This mission was completed, and they arrived back in the States on December 23, 1945. He received his honorable discharge at the separation center in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
During the war, Dusty's parents had moved to Billings, Oklahoma, where he joined them upon his discharge.
On March 15, 1947, he married Bertha L. Collins of Garber. To this union was born a daughter, Becky Hostetler of Woodward, and son, Brady Hostetler of Billings.
They made their home east of Billings, and he began his life as a farmer and rancher for almost 70 years. Dusty was active with the Billings Independent Basketball Team that had been mostly formed by service members. Someone once said that they thought that Dusty had brought the "Jump Shot" to Oklahoma from Missouri. Dusty also became a member of the First Baptist Church and has been a member of the American Legion since he was discharged.
Later in life he became the proud "Pop-O" of Brady and Mendy's children, Karli Cline and Kellan Hostetler. They shared a lot of happy memories riding sleds in the snow and going fishing together.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 19, 2016 at the First Baptist Church in Billings. Rev. Floyd Westfall will officiate and will be assisted by Dr. Don Rogers. Internment will be in Billings Union Cemetery in Billings. Services have been entrusted to the care of Dugger Funeral Home in Billings, Oklahoma.
Dusty was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Francis Hostetler, and his brother, Thomas.
Those left behind with decades of memories are his wife of 69 years, Bertha of the home, his children Becky Hostetler of Woodward, Brady Hostetler and his wife Mendy, of Billings, grandchildren, Karli and her husband, Tyler Cline of Perry, and Kellan Hostetler of Billings, several nieces, and one special extended family member, Ernie Martinez of Grand Prairie, Texas.
Online condolences can be sent to the family by using the online guest book at www.brown-duggerfuneralhome.com
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