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John Andrew Hostetler

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Birthplace: Belleville, Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: August 28, 2001 (82)
Goshen, Elkhart County, Indiana
Place of Burial: Violett Cemetery, Goshen, Elkhart, IN
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Son of Joseph Hartzler Hostetler and Nancy "Nannie" D Hostetler
Husband of Hazel Esther Hostetler and Beulah Lehman Hostetler
Father of Susan Jane Hostetler; Private; Private and Private
Brother of Jacob Noah Hostetler; Sylvia Anna King; Lizzie M Detweiler; Aaron Herman Hostetler; Mary Amanda Smith and 1 other

Occupation: Author, professor and expert on Amish and Hutterite sociteties
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About John Andrew Hostetler

John A. Hostetler (Mifflin County, 1918–2001) was an American author, educator, and leading scholar of Amish and Hutterite societies. Some of his works are still in print. Hostetler.- John A., 82, Goshen, Ind., died Aug. 28. He was born Oct. 29, 1918 at Belleville, Pa. Spouse: (1st) Hazel Schrock Hostetler (deceased); (2nd) Beulah Stauffer Hostetler. Parents: Joseph and Nancy (Hostetler) Hostetler (deceased). Survivors: children - Ann and her husband, Merv Smucker, of Goshen; Mary and her husband, Peter Hoyt, of Middletown, Pa.; Laura and her husband, Mark Liechty, of Oak Park, Ill.; seven grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Smith of Peabody, Kan., and Barbara Slabaugh of Bridgeville, Del. In addition to his first wife and infant daughter, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Lizzie Detweiler and Sylvia King; and two brothers, Aaron and Jake. The family moved to Kalona, Iowa, after his father was excommunicated from the Amish church in 1929. Hostetler served in Civilian Public Service from 7-21-1942 to 3-9-1946 as a conscientious objector during World War II and graduated from Goshen College in 1949. While at Goshen he worked for Harold S. Bender on the Mennonite Encyclopedia project, especially with writing articles about the Amish. After graduation he married Hazel Schrock. She died in childbirth in 1951 with infant Susan. In 1953 he married Beulah Stauffer, a book editor at Herald Press in Scottdale, Pa. Also that year, he completed his doctorate at Penn State University. He worked as a book editor at Herald Press for five years and wrote a history of the press, 'God uses Ink'. After teaching at the University of Alberta, he joined the faculty at Temple in 1965. While at Temple, he did extensive research on the Hutterites and wrote three books: 'Hutterite Life', 'The Hutterites of North America' and 'Hutterite Society'. He stayed close to the people he wrote about and interpreted for the larger world. Hostetler was professor emeritus of anthropology and sociology at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he taught for 20 years. He directed the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College from 1986 to 1990. He was also a former chair of the Historical Committee of the Mennonite Church.



            
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John Andrew Hostetler's Timeline

1918
October 29, 1918
Belleville, Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, United States
1951
February 20, 1951
2001
August 28, 2001
Age 82
Goshen, Elkhart County, Indiana
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Violett Cemetery, Goshen, Elkhart, IN