Virgil Peace Hostetler
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November 11, 1918 - December 22, 2011
WOODBURN -Virgil Peace Hostetler, 93, died on December 22, 2011, at his home in Hubbard, Oregon, surrounded by his loving family. Virgil was born on November 11, 1918, to Amasa and Mamie (Egli) Hostetler in Hubbard. He served in the Seabees of the United States Navy during World War II in the South Pacific. He married the love of his life, Clara Marie Calcagno, on July 12, 1947. Virgil and Clara resided in Hubbard for most of their marriage. They had three children. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and traveling, visiting both Mexico and Alaska. He was known for his amazing garden and was one of the oldest living longtime Hubbard residents. He and his late wife were members of St. Luke/St. Agnes Catholic Church. Virgil and Clara served as grand marshals of the Hubbard Hop Festival Parade in 2007.
Virgil worked as a log truck driver in the Cascade Mountain Range between Estacada and Molalla. He was so renowned for his garlic growing ability that "Garlic" became his trucking driving handle. He also worked in construction and invested in real estate, remodeling and restoring houses.
He is survived by, his children, Mary Ann Tautfest, of Aurora, Oregon, Joe (Barbara) Hostetler, of Anchorage, Alaska, Judy (Roger) Kirk of Silverton, Oregon, 11 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Clara, and his son-in-law, Russell James (Buz) Tautfest.
Rosary will take place at 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, 12/27, at St. Luke's Catholic Church of Woodburn. Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Wednesday, 12/28, with burial immediately following at Hubbard Cemetery. Visitation from 12:00-5:00 p.m., TODAY, Tues. 12/27, at Unger Funeral Chapel of Mt. Angel. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Hubbard Cemetery Association, PO Box 266, Hubbard, OR 97302.
Unger Funeral Chapel, Mount Angel - Mt. Angel
190 Railroad Avenue PO Box 275 Mt. Angel, OR 97362
Published in StatesmanJournal from Dec. 27 to Dec. 28, 2011