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J. Willard “Willie” Hostetler, 88

Orrville — J. Willard “Willie” Hostetler, age 88, of Orrville, died Sunday, November 27, 2022, at his residence in Orrville, following a period of declining health.
Willie was born on February 14, 1934, in Orrville, to the late David and Ada (Rohrer) Hostetler and attended Orrville High School.  He married Kay Hochstetler on August 5, 1956, in Walnut Creek. Kay survives.
He owned and operated Willie’s Engine Service for 31 years, retiring in 2018.
Willy was an active member of Oak Grove Mennonite Church. He loved his work, enjoyed entertaining especially barbecuing and enjoyed spending time with extended family and friends.
In addition to Kay, Willie is survived by three daughters, Jill (Doug) Mitchell of Bumpass, VA, Amy (Joseph) Spinelli of Marshallville, and Lori (David) Kindle of Terrell, NC; three grandchildren, Eric (Brooke) Mitchell of Puerto Rico, Megan (Kyle) Marcum of Manassas, VA, and Thomas (Audrey) Mitchell of Virginia Beach, VA; four great grandchildren, Waverly and Reef Mitchell, and Alex and Taylor Marcum.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy Kandel.
Friends may call on Saturday, December 3, 2022, at Auble Funeral Home, 512 East Oak Street, Orrville, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am.
The family wishes to express their thanks to Bill Gallatin for the steadfast friendship shown to Willie over the years.
The family also wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to Ohio Hospice Life Care.
Memorial services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, at Auble Funeral Home, with Pastor Douglas J. Zehr officiating. Burial of ashes will take place at the Oak Grove Mennonite Cemetery in Smithville.
Memorials may be made to Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare 1900 Akron Road, Wooster, OH 44691
Auble Funeral Home in Orrville is handling the arrangements. Online registry and expressions of condolence may be made at

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