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A. Phillip Hosler


A Phillips Hosler (Phil) was born in Chicago, Illinois on January 25, 1938 to Paul Robert and Margaret Antoinette Phillips Hosler and was reared in Fort Wayne, Indiana graduating from Northside High School in 1956 where he excelled in track, football, and singing. He also graduated from the Culver Military Summer Naval School and later from Purdue University in 1960. There he was a member of Purdue Men's Glee Club, Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, the Gimlet Society and was a Purdue Sir.

He served in the Navy from 1960-1966 graduating from Officer's Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island with the rank of Lt. He served on the USS Noble (APA-218) as first officer of the engine room. The Noble cruised out of San Diego into the South China Sea and on return participated in the Cuban Missile Crisis by steaming around the island for 64 days loaded with 1400 Marines.

In 1966 he entered Indiana University Law School and finished the first year at which time his father invited him to join in the family's Heating and Air Conditioning business in Fort Wayne, IN. Only one year later, he married his devoted and loving wife, Kay Creel Hosler. Their son Paul was born in 1970.

Phil was active in the family business as well as in community service for more than 25 years: President of the Better Business Bureau, Friends of the Library, Turnstone (Crippled Children's Society) to name a few. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Mad Anthony Charity Golf Tournament.

He was a longtime member of the Fort Wayne Country Club where he loved playing golf with his friends.

In 1991 the family moved to Greenville, SC where Phil continued his giving nature as an active volunteer with the Hogan Tour and Junior Golf, and The Greenville Literacy Association as a Math Teacher. He retired from Trane Comfort Solutions.

Phil was a lifelong Methodist attending Forest Park UMC and Aldersgate UMC in Fort Wayne and then Buncombe Street UMC and Covenant UMC in Greenville.

He is survived by his wife Carolyn Kay Creel Hosler, his loving son, Paul Donald Hosler and wife Sharon and granddaughters, Calista and Jennifer of Addieville, Illinois. He is also survived by his sister, Paulann Hosler Sheets of Groton, CT.

The family wishes to thank Open Arms Hospice, Nurse Betty Strawhorn, and Nurse Practitioner, Wendy Arnold for their comforting help. A memorial service will be held Noon Wednesday January 2, 2013 in the chapel of Buncombe Street UMC the family will receive friends from 10:45-11:45 prior to the service. The seekers class will be Honorary Escort. Private interment will be later. Memorials may be made to BSUMC or Open Arms Hospice. Online expressions of sympathy my be made by visiting


Published in The Greenville News on Jan. 1, 2013
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